AUS versus SA | Twitter reacts as South Africa avoid sweeping Australia after rain and late resistance reward them for securing face-saving draw

A total of four washout sessions, coupled with their resilience on matchday five of the third and final Test in Sydney, helped South Africa draw Australia to escape a humiliating 3-0. After being called, South Africa were 106/2 in the second set when the players shook hands.

After putting in two sub-par performances in the first two Tests, the South African batters finally lived up to expectations in Sydney against Australia in the third and final game of the tour. However, it won’t be wrong to say that they received significant help from the rain to finish the tour unbeaten as four of the match’s sessions, which included the three from Day 3, were washed out.

Strike first, Usman Khawajais undefeated 195 and Steve SmithThe 104 from – his 30th test hundred – helped Australia post 495/4 before Pat Cummins decided to declare in order to approach a positive result. The scheme almost worked as South Africa had fallen to 167/7, and at one point it looked like they were heading for another defeat. However, Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer had other plans as they steadied the ship to forge an 85-run support for the eighth wicket. But three quick wickets from Cummins and Josh Hazlewood saw South Africa finish with 255 in the opening innings, 20 runs short of the total to call on Australia to beat again.

Predictably, Cummins imposed the follow-up and Dean Elgar went on the cheap again. However, Sarel Erwee, Heinrich Klaasen and Temba Bavuma held their ground and ensured there would be no more hiccups before shaking hands to end the competition in a hard-fought draw.

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