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Aussies 0-14, dramatic start to 3rd Test

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

Australia and South Africa shared the honours in a drama-packed start to the day-night Test at Adelaide Oval, where Faf du Plessis scored a sweet captain's century and made a daring declaration.

Du Plessis ended his superb knock at 119 not out and the Proteas' total at 9-259 late on day one of the third Test.

Australia were 0-14 in response at stumps on Thursday, having successfully negotiated 12 overs.

At the same point of their first innings in Hobart, Australia were 4-15 and on track to lose the second Test, the series and almost all credibility.

It was an improved performance for many reasons, and David Warner was not at the crease.

Warner had been off the field late in the Proteas' innings, meaning he was unable to open the batting with 20-year-old debutant Matt Renshaw.

Instead, Renshaw and Usman Khawaja faced the pink ball under lights, including two tricky overs from debutant left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

Steve Smith and Warner both appeared furious at the change of innings, when told the vice-captain was unable to open the batting.

It was one of many engaging moments soaked up by a crowd of 32,255, who watched a mature performance from Australia's youngest Test XI since 1986.

Renshaw, stationed at first slip, clutched a low slips catch to dismiss Hashim Amla for five.

The Queenslander, who was presented his baggy green by Ian Healy, then patiently waited 19 deliveries before getting off the mark with a boundary.

Josh Hazlewood, who snared career-best figures of 6-70 in last year's inaugural day-night Test at Adelaide Oval, was again a handful with the pink pill.

Hazlewood removed Amla - for the fourth time this series - and JP Duminy in the opening session.

The right-armer then dismissed Quinton de Kock, leading run-scorer of the series, and Vernon Philander in the post-tea session to finish with figures of 4-68 from 22 overs.

But Hazlewood couldn't unsettle a determined du Plessis.

The skipper ended a week of controversy in the best possible fashion, winning the toss and rescuing the visitors after they slipped to 3-44.

Du Plessis was booed by many fans when he entered the fray, having been found guilty earlier this week of ball tampering.

It was reduced to a smattering of jeers when du Plessis reached three figures. They were largely drowned out by a lot of applause - from the outer and also from Smith and his teammates.

Recalled keeper Matthew Wade completed a sharp stumping to bring some joy to offspinner Nathan Lyon, who had gone wicketless for 110 first-class overs.

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