Australia secure consolation victory in Adelaide

Australia secure consolation victory in Adelaide

It was Australia's second pink ball victory after they beat New Zealand in the inaugural test in Adelaide past year but more importantly ended a run of five defeats.

Australia avoided a first Test series whitewash at home with a consolation seven-wicket victory in Adelaide as South Africa won the series 2-1.

Usman Khawaja says you ain't seen nothing yet with Test newcomer Matt Renshaw after the opener anchored Australia's successful run chase in Adelaide.

While losing the series to South Africa has been a bitter pill to swallow, we enjoyed some memorable moments over the past week that culminated in a great win in the final Commonwealth Bank Test at the always stunning Adelaide Oval. This was the first such instance since 1970 in a Test between Australia and South Africa.

"If this third Test lived up to audience estimates - and I think it would have exceeded those expectations - they (Nine) would be very, very happy", Fusion Strategy analyst Steve Allen told AAP.

"New players came in and we showed some fight and some character and that's what I want us to do". "I thought we adapted really well". We came here to win the series, which we did in Hobart.

This effectively negated the absence of AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn plus the loss of form of Hashim Amla.

David Warner and Smith scored 47 and 40 respectively to register their only win in the series and first since February 2016.

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He secured his spot with a grinding 145 that spanned the first three days of the third test, the only century for Australia in the series.

Vernon Philander opened the bowling with the pink ball after Du Plessis's declaration and had his own views on its behaviour. "Obviously a change of players as well - you feel sad for the blokes who missed out in this test match, but the guys who came in did a really good job".

Perhaps du Plessis was overly bullish as the emotional drain of those momentous victories, coupled with the ball tampering saga, seemed to overcome South Africa, who were out-hustled by a youthful and energetic Australian team in Adelaide.

Renshaw, though aware of the stick he was receiving in the stands, did not lose his head and was at the crease when the winning runs were hit by fellow debutant Peter Handscomb.

"Uz (Khawaja) was outstanding. he played beautifully to stay out there for seven hours and wear them down and score a big hundred", Smith said.

Smith will next lead the test side out against Pakistan in another day-night match at the Gabba on December 15 and admitted he would retain some unhappy memories of the South Africa series.

Warner blazed 47 off 51 balls before he was run out in a mix-up and Khawaja, who batted for nearly eight hours in the first innings, lasted just two balls before he was leg before to a Tabraiz Shamsi wrong'un. "It is important to switch off a little", he said. It's gone pretty quick.