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Starc no ball gives Proteas reprieve

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Steve Larkin

A change in team hasn't resulted in an instant change of fortunes for Australia's misfiring cricketers.

Paceman Mitchell Starc on Thursday had a wicket in the third over of the third Test against South Africa overturned because of a no ball.

Starc ripped an in-swinger through the defences of Proteas opener Stephen Cook and trapped him plumb lbw - umpire Nigel Llong had no hesitation adjudging the batsman out.

But replays showed Starc's delivery to be a no ball - his right foot landing on the crease without any portion behind the white line.

Cook, who had made four of South Africa's five runs at that stage, was almost at the boundary when umpires told him to return to continue his innings against a revamped host side - Australia made five changes for the day-night Test in Adelaide.

There's no doubt Australian coach Darren Lehmann would have been incensed by Starc's no ball - last summer, he tore into James Pattinson after the Victorian quick had three Test wickets overruled because of no balls.

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