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Aussie Test newcomers offer hope

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016 Steve Larkin

Two out of three ain't bad for Australia's Test newcomers.

Batsmen Peter Handscomb slotted seamlessly into international cricket with an encouraging half-century on Test debut against South Africa in the third Test.

Fellow new chum Matt Renshaw showed enough in his two stints opening the batting to merit continued selection.

But Nic Maddinson's first outing in a baggy green was fruitless: he made a duck in his sole innings.

The trio were among five changes to the Australian side which downed the Proteas in the day-night Test in Adelaide.

Recalled wicketkeeper Matthew Wade claimed five dismissals in the first innings and two in the second dig, though made just four with the bat.

And paceman Jackson Bird was solid if not spectacular - match figures of 3-111 from 36 overs should secure his spot for the looming three-Test series against Pakistan.

Batsmen Handscomb, Renshaw and Maddinson - surely selectors won't discard him after one outing - should also be there in Brisbane on December 15 when the fresh series starts.

Handscomb made a composed first-innings 54 and one not out - hitting the winning run - and also featured in a key dismissal, taking a sharp catch at gully to rid South African captain Faf du Plessis in the second innings.

Renshaw made 10 from 46 balls in his first Test innings and a stodgy 34 not out from 137 deliveries in his second dig.

He played and missed frequently and showed limited off-side scoring ability, but offered heart to selectors that he can be a dour yin to the dashing yang of opening partner David Warner.

"He played quite well. He knows his game very well, obviously got beaten a lot but he wasn't chasing the ball," Australian captain Steve Smith said of Renshaw.

"He didn't seem fazed by it all. He just got one with the job and made them bowl to him - and when they got a bit straighter, he picked them off.

"That is the way he goes about his game and it was nice for him and Pete, two guys on debut, to be there at the end."

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