AUS vs SA LIVE Score: PLAY stops again after Labuschagne DEPARTS, Steve Smith joins Khawaja as South Africa desperate for BREAKTHROUGH: Follow 3rd TEST DAY 1 LIVE

AUS vs SA LIVE Score – Australia vs South Africa 3rd Test LIVE – Australia batting 1st – Play Resumes: Usman Khawaja & Marnus Labuschagne century plus partnership has taken Australia to 138/1. Both batters had completed their 50’s when play was stopped due to BAD-LIGHT. Earlier in the morning, the home team lost double centurion David Warner early in Sydney Test. Anrich Nortje took out Warner for just 10. The hosts have named Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood and Matthew Renshaw in a new-look Australia line-up as captain Pat Cummins elected to bat against South Africa. Watch AUS vs SA LIVE Streaming on SonyLIV & Follow Australia vs SouthAfrica LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN.

A win against SouthAfrica in the 3rd and final Test will confirm Australia’s place in the WTC Final. Sony Sports Network is broadcasting AUS SA Sydney Test LIVE:

Australia David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Renshaw Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

South Africa Dean Elgar (capt) Sarel Erwee, Heinrich Klaasen, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

Australia Innings SCORECARD

Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Usman Khawaja Not out 51 119 6 0 42.86
David Warner c M Jansen b Anrich Nortje 10 11 2 0 90.91
Marnus Labuschagne Not out 73 129 13 0 56.59
Extra 4 (b 0, w 1, nb 1, lb 2)
Total 138/1 (43)
Yet To Bat AT Carey, Steven Smith, Matt Renshaw, TM Head, AC Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Kagiso Rabada 12 1 45 0 3.75
Anrich Nortje 9 3 20 1 2.22
Marco Jansen 8 2 20 0 2.50
Keshav Maharaj 9 0 35 0 3.89
Simon Harmer 5 1 16 0 3.20
  • Australia have already sealed the Test series 2-0.
  • The ultimate goal is not only to clean-sweep Proteas but also to book WTC Final berth.
  • The 3rd & final Test will be in Sydney.
  • Sydney pitch also offers help to spinners and it will be a good preparations before heading to India.
  • Sony Sports Network will have AUS SA LIVE Broadcast from 5 AM.
  • AUS vs SA LIVE Streaming will be on SonyLIV.

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Pat Cummins’ team can book their place in the WTC Final at The Oval in June with a win in Sydney. Although Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green are out with injuries, Australia have ample depth to beat the Proteas. Josh Hazlewood is likely to slot back in after missing the last three Tests with a side strain.

In recent years, the SCG has not lived up to its spin-friendly billing but ground staff say the pitch should offer turn. That could mean a role for Ashton Agar in Australia’s XI and a first Test for the left-arm spinner since 2017. Cummins said selectors had decided on the line-up but would not reveal it until the toss on Wednesday. The match should offer “a really good prep” for India, the paceman added.

“Fast bowling and reverse swing are going to come into it, which we can expect in India. We’ll probably get more spin overs here. Our batters are probably going to face more spin here as well,” Cummins said.

AUS vs SA LIVE Score: Australia chasing WTC Final berth against SouthAfrica in 3rd Test, Sydney Pink Test starts at 5AM, Follow AUS SA 3rd Test LIVE Updates

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For SouthAfrica, beaten in all facets in the Boxing Day Test, have one forced change. No 3 Theunis de Bruyn is returning home for the birth of his daughter. Rassie van der Dussen may be in line for a recall.

Under-pressure captain Dean Elgar said selectors might also opt for another spinner to partner Keshav Maharaj. It would bring Simon Harmer into consideration, likely at the expense of fast bowler Lungi Ngidi. Although Kyle Verreynne and Temba Bavuma have made runs, SA’s batting has been ruthlessly exposed in Australia.

Elgar has had a dreadful series opening the batting. The first captain to lead South Africa to defeat in Australia since Graeme Smith in 2005/06, he has managed only 31 runs at an average of 7.75. For all that, South Africa are fourth in the WTC standings and would retain a mathematical chance of reaching the final if they can turn the tables at the SCG.

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AUS SA Playing XI:

Predicted Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood

Predicted SouthAfrica XI: Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Heinrich Klaasen, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi/ Simon Harmer

AUS vs SA 3rd Test Match Details

  • Date: January 4-8.
  • Time: 5 AM IST
  • Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.
  • LIVE Telecast: Sony Sports Network
  • LIVE Streaming: SonyLIV

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