That’s all she wrote folks, the third and final Test has been called ending in a draw between Australia and South Africa.
The rain-affected Test entered the final handful of overs before Aussie skipper Pat Cummins called an end to it with South Africa surviving with eight wickets in hand.
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Six of the past nine Tests to be held at the SCG have now ended in a draw which will only fuel calls for the Sydney Test to be shifted higher up the order in future series.
Australia desperately chased a minor Sydney miracle as they attempted to complete the 3-0 series sweep but it wasn’t to be.
Entering the final day’s play the Aussies faced the tall task of needing 14 wickets. It looked to be in play after South Africa’s first innings came to an end with more than 40 overs to defend in their second innings.
Usman Khawaja who was cruelly denied the chance to register his first ever Test double century was named the player of the match with David Warner earning player of the series honours.
Warner edging out Travis Head, Pat Cummins and Steve Smith left fans baffled.
In a cruel twist of fate the Aussies were denied in the second innings at the hands of technology.
Nathan Lyon was left seething after he was robbed the wicket of Heinrich Klaasen twice, first by DRS – secondly by the third umpire.
Lyon crashed a ball into the pads of Klaasen which was originally given not out by the umpire. Pat Cummins instantly opted to send it upstairs but in a baffling decision, DRS decided the impact was umpires call … despite it thumping into Klaasen’s pads directly in front of the stumps.
Lyon threw his hands in the air as he walked back to his mark. The very next delivery he struck again.
Lyon caught the outside edge of Klaasen as Steve Smith at first slip snapped up the catch and the Aussies began to celebrate. The on field umpire sent it upstairs with a soft signal of out before the third umpire ran his eye over it.
Richard Kettleborough deliberated over angles for minutes on end before going to the big screen and overturning the onfield decision and giving it not out. Loud boos rang out around the SCG as fans watching on blew up.
“I thought naked eye, he got his fingers under the ball. but the more forensically you look, the more you can find,” says Kerry O’Keeffe.
“And so… more conjecture over a catch. I think he’s caught that.”
Mark Waugh added “he’s caught that easily”.
2.45pm – Cummins strikes first
Pat Cummins got the much-needed first breakthrough, catching the glove of Dean Elgar down the leg side and through to Alex Carey.
It’s the fourth time this series Elgar has been caught down the leg side.
2.30pm – Agar opens the bowling
In an interesting move, recalled offspinner Ashton Agar opened the bowling in tandem with Josh Hazlewood.
It’s the first time an Australian spinner has opened the bowling at a home Test since Shane Warne did it in Sydney in 2002.
But it may have backfired, with Agar leaking 17 runs off three overs.
South Africa now need less than 200 runs to win with all 10 wickets in hand.
2pm – Australia enforce follow-on
Nathan Lyon dismissed Kagiso Rabada with an excellent caught and bowled to wrap up South Africa’s first innings for 255.
Still trailing Australia’s total by 220 runs and failing to avoid the follow on, Pat Cummins sent South Africa back into bat.
It’s all set up for a thrilling finish.
1.55pm – Hazlewood strikes in double blow
After Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer combined for a 85-run partnership, Josh Hazlewood finally got a breakthrough, trapping Maharaj in front lbw for 53.
South Africa’s tail has fought hard and the tourists only need a few more runs to avoid the follow on.
Hazlewood then bowled Simon Harmer for 47 with an inswinger that Harmer chopped on to his stumps.
11am – Travis Head gets breakthrough
It took an hour but Australia finally took the first wicket of the day through an unlikely source.
Travis Head was brought on to bowl his part-time offspin and it worked a treat, catching the edge of Marco Jansen into the gloves of Alex Carey.
10am – Massive queue to get into SCG
Australia fancies its chances of snaring victory and cricket fans know it too.
The queue to get into the SCG Members Stands snaked along for hundreds of metres in Moore Park.
The cost of entry is just a coin donation to the McGrath Foundation so with blue skies, there should be a big crowd in to watch day five.