Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj claimed two more wickets for the Proteas on the second day of the third Test. But Australia remained in control at the SCG in Sydney on Thursday.

The hosts reached stumps on 475 for four. Thanks to a career-best unbeaten 195 by Usman Khawaja and 104 from Steve Smith. Travis Head plundered an attacking 70 off 59 balls late on to reinforce their position of dominance in which they added 328 runs in the 84 overs that were bowled on day two.


For the Proteas pinner Maharaj (1/108) and pace spearhead Rabada (1/119) took the two wickets to fall. But plenty of work lay ahead for their batters when their turn was likely to arrive on day three.


It was the home team who dominated with opener Khawaja and Smith putting on 209 for the third wicket to get them going from 47 overs.

Australia celebrate against the Proteas
Australia celebrate against the Proteas

The former went on to record his 13th career century and was still there at the end, while the latter posted his 30th Test ton.

The stand finally broke when Maharaj caught Smith off his own bowling shortly after the former Australian captain had reached three figures. It was his first wicket of the series.

Head was next in and his attacking innings allowed his side to add 112 for the next wicket.

That left Matt Renshaw (5*) to bat alongside Khawaja until rain stopped play early late in the day.

The Proteas trail 2-0.


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