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04-Jan-2023 15:32:00 GMT
Aus vs SA - 3rd Test, SCG, day 1

Khawaja, Labuschagne shine amid bad light and rain

Australia 2 for 147 (Labuschagne 79, Khawaja 54*, Nortje 2-26) v South Africa

Sydney: Half-centuries from Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne put Australia in a comfortable position at the end of the first day of play of the third and final Test against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

At the end of the day's play, Usman Khawaja (54*) was unbeaten at the crease.

Electing to bat first, Australia faced an early setback after opener David Warner was dismissed by Anrich Nortje for just 10 runs.

The batter, who had made a historic 200 in his 100th Test match at Melbourne, was attempting to cut but could not and a thick edge went straight into the hands of Marco Jansen at the slips.

Australia was 12/1. Following this, Khawaja joined forces with Labuschagne, helping their side cross the 50-run mark. They both also brought up their 50-run partnership.

At lunch, Australia was at 68/1, with Khawaja 25*, Labuschagne 30* standing unbeaten.

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