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Spotlight on Test debutant Renshaw

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

Debutants Matt Renshaw and Tabraiz Shamsi made strong first impressions for Australia and South Africa respectively on day one of the day-night Test.

Australia will resume at 0-14 on day two of the third Test, having survived a tense 12 overs at Adelaide Oval following the Proteas' declaration at 9(dec)-259.

Renshaw, a 20-year-old who had played 12 first-class games prior to receiving his baggy green from Ian Healy, was in his element on Thursday night.

Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada all had the pink ball zipping around under lights but Renshaw regularly shouldered arms, scoring eight runs from 34 deliveries.

"The way he batted tonight was brilliant," Josh Hazlewood said.

"He looks like an opener who likes to bat time first and foremost, and worry about runs once he's in. Which is good to have at the top of the order.

"He was pretty nervous this morning.

"He's going to be a good partner for Davey (Warner) ... hopefully that partnership stays for a long time to come."

But Australia's latest opening partnership had a false start in Adelaide.

Warner was off the field late in South Africa's innings so the vice-captain wasn't able to open the batting, leaving Usman Khawaja to step up and face the new ball.

"The way he (Khawaja) adapted to the situation, he did a great job," Hazlewood said.

"He (Warner) will know he did the wrong thing and apologise to the group - probably especially Usman."

Khawaja finished three not out, successfully surviving two overs from left-arm spinner Shamsi.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was upbeat Australia's batsmen would struggle to read Shamsi, who has clashed with Matthew Wade in the past and has the capacity to turn the ball both ways.

"He's an exciting spin bowler," du Plessis said.

"I was really impressed with his control, for a guy who is making his debut you expect him to be a little bit nervous and perhaps give three or four out of six balls on the right spot.

"But he was on the money straight away. He's a confident guy. I'm hoping this Test match he'll have a big role to play."

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