What a day that is for the Aussies on Day 2 with the willow on hand at 475-4 right now going into Day 3 tomorrow.
They left off from Day 1 yesterday on 147-2 where we saw not only one but two fantastic stars who each scored their Test hundreds in Usman Khawaja & Steve Smith. It was great seeing Smith start the next day by padding up before making a huge impact, having closed his latest Test ton (104) through a caught & bowl effort by Keshav Maharaj for SA, while Khawaja still hung in there with the help of Travis Head on 195* as he’s only five runs away from securing a double ton at Test level.
Plus, we saw another tremendous show from Head where he continues to pile up consistent test quality runs at No.5, before he was caught at the deep backward point by a sub fielder (off Kagiso Rabada’s ball) when trying to clear a huge maximum (six runs) for a quick fire 59-ball 70.
Now the weather may not be promising with expected showers that is likely to halt play tomorrow, but we’d love to see Khawaja get his first-ever Test double ton before Australia look to declare by bringing their bowlers in.
And it’s been a tough whole day on the field for the Proteas (SA), as they have a huge batting assignment to catch up at some point in this final Test. Although rain delays may go their way when it comes to preventing a 3-0 Australian series victory – even though a win is extremely unlikely with the possibility of a draw, but they still didn’t do anything good enough to stop Khawaja, Smith & Head early by letting them slip away in their tracks.