Proteas bowler Anrich Nortje claimed the only two wickets to fall on a rain-disrupted opening day of the final Test against Australia on Wednesday.

Nortje was again excellent on his way to snaring two for 26 in 11 overs. It restricted the hosts to 147 for two in the gloomy conditions of New South Wales.

Only 47 overs were sent down on account of the rain and subsequent bad light that caused an initial delay of more than two hours. Before that the home side had dominated through half-centuries from Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne. Only for a late Nortje strike to bring the Proteas back.


The tourists also entered the match 2-0 down in the three-match series after losing in Brisbane and Melbourne. Captain Dean Elgar lost the toss at the start with his team making two changes to their XI. Heinrich Klaasen and Simon Harmer replacing Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi.

Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada
Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada

The Australians then rebuilt through Khawaja’s unbeaten 54 and a strong 79 (151 balls, 13 fours) via Labuschagne.


The pair took their side to 138 for one before the main lengthy delay prompted an early tea. Paceman Nortje again the one to strike, with a ball that bounced sharply and forced Labuschagne to edge behind to wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne.