The Pat Cummins-led Australia National Cricket Team hammered the Dean Elgar-led South Africa National Cricket Team by an innings and 182 runs in the Boxing Day Test to clinch the series 2-0 and gain crucial ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 points.
The second Test of the two-match series between Australia and South Africa commenced on December 26 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
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Australia won the toss and elected to field first in the match. The decision proved to be a perfect one for the Aussies as the pacers ran through the Proteas top-order and reduced them to 67/5.
Then, Kyle Verreynne and Marco Jansen scored brilliant half-centuries and led their team to recovery. Verreynne and Jansen fought really well against the strong pace-bowling unit and stitched together 112 runs in 219 balls.
The young all-rounder Cameron Green, who bagged a 5-wicket haul in the innings, broke the partnership and pretty soon the Proteas were bundled out for 189.
ICC World Test Championship: David Warner’s Double Ton, Alex Carey’s Century Help Australia Pile Up A Huge Total
David Warner looked at his absolute best in his 100th Test match and smashed a sensational double century, before being retired hurt. He became just the second cricketer after Joe Root in the history of Test cricket to register a double century in the 100th Test match.
The wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey smashed a terrific ton while Steve Smith, Travis Head and Cameron Green registered incredible half-centuries to help Australia pile up truckloads of runs in the first innings. Australia declared the innings at a score of 575/8.
In the second innings, South Africa’s awful performance with the bat in Test cricket continued. Temba Bavuma top-scored for the Proteas in the innings as he scored 65 runs off 144 balls.
Nathan Lyon bagged three wickets, Scott Boland got two wickets while Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith picked up one wicket each to bowl out South Africa for 204.
Updated ICC World Test Championship Points Table After Australia vs South Africa 2nd Test, WTC Table:
Before the match, Australia were at the top spot on the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 Points Table with a PCT of 76.92 and South Africa were in the third spot with a PCT of 54.55.
With a dominant triumph in the Boxing Day Test, Australia retained their top spot and now they have a PCT of 78.57 while South Africa have dropped to the fourth spot and they have a PCT of 50.