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South Africa claim 2-1 series win in tight Hobart tussle!


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Australia have lost by 40 runs in Hobart, and as a result go down 2-1 in the series but certainly showed promising signs throughout the last two games in Adelaide and Hobart.

South Africa were unbelievable in the last 10 overs of game three, with David Miller (139) and Faf Du Plessis (125) hitting the ball to every part of Blundstone arena, and ruining the Australian bowlers.

Pat Cummins was spanked for 67 runs from his 10 overs without taking a wicket and Adam Zampa was picked apart by the big hitting David Miller. Dale Steyn walked away with 3/45 from his 10 while Kagiso Rabada finished with 3/40 from his spell.

Shaun Marsh stood tall for Australia, and recorded his sixth career ODI century and brought the home side back into the contest when all looked lost after Chris Lynn fell first ball and Aaron Finch went shortly after.

Australia now shifts their focus to the 20/20 circuit, with a one off t20 in the Gold Coast next week against South Africa, before three t20s against India ahead of a huge test series against Virat Kohli and the Indians.




Shaun Marsh has been dismissed for a classy 106, which has kept Australia’s chances alive in Hobart. Australia requires 90 from 51 balls with Glenn Maxwell coming in to replace Shaun Marsh.

Australia were in early trouble before Marcus Stoinis and Shaun Marsh resurrected the innings which has nine overs remaining. Alex Carey has been outstanding and remains not out on a run a ball 34 and along with Maxwell, hold the keys to victory tonight.

Can Australia steal victory in Hobart?



Glenn Maxwell has been pushed down the order to number 7 in the Australian side, with Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey coming in ahead of the “Big Show”. Maxwell has been seen as a great ball striker recently, but with a few poor scores in this series, maybe the coaches believe that Maxwell isn’t capable of steering Australia home in a crisis.

Stoinis (63) came in at 3-39 and put on over 100 with Shaun Marsh hitting the ball to all parts of Blundstone Arena. Alex Carey is in scintilating form in this series so you can understand him coming in ahead of Maxwell.

It begs the question now though, where is Maxwell at in International cricket?



Australia have been dealt some early issues with Chris Lynn being dismissed first ball of the innings and then Aaron Finch falling for 11 a short time after.

Chasing 320 to win the series, Australia find themselves in a very tough position, as Shaun Marsh and Travis Head go about rescuing the innings.

Marsh has steadied and is 19 not out, with Head on 5. Australia after nine overs were 2-37.




South Africa are well and truly on top, recovering from 3-55 to be 4-307 thanks to twin centuries from Faf Du Plessis (125) and David Miller (139) guided South Africa to a final score of 5/320.

Australia started well with wickets to Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis before Miller and Du Plessis got going, hitting the Australian bowlers to all parts of Blundstone Arena. Miller hit 13 fours and four 6s, while Du Plessis hit 15 fours and two 6s.

Aaron Finch may be regretting sending them in, after winning the toss. It was carnage from the South African’s who took a liking to Adam Zampa and Patrick Cummins. Cummins was spanked off his 10 overs recording figures of 0/67. Mitchell Starc took 2/57 off 10 and Marcus Stoinis 2/70 off 10 overs, while Josh Hazlewood took the only other wicket, recording 1/53 off 10 overs.




Faf Du Plessis and David Miller have put South Africa back in a strong position in Hobart, with both men passing 50 and now South Africa look like posting a big total with 15 overs left in their innings. Currently sitting 3-154 from 35 overs.

The two have put on a 100 run partnership. Mitchell Starc has two wickets and Marcus Stoinis one for Australia.



Australia has broken through twice in its first 10 overs at Blundstone Arena with Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis getting two crucial wickets of Quinton De Kock and Reeza Hendricks. Starc struck first with De Kock pushing forward at the ball, drawing the edge through to Alex Carey and the Aussies had the visitors 1-4.

Marcus Stoinis then broke through, getting an edge on Hendricks bat, who was chasing a ball down the leg side, tickling it through to Carey with South Africa 2-27 off 10 overs. Faf Du Plessis (1*) joined Aiden Markram (10*) as the two look to turn around South Africa’s fortunes.



Reeza Hendricks was given a lifeline on 8 with Travis Head dropping the South African opener. Pat Cummins rushed the ball through him and a full stretch Head couldn’t hold on.



Australia has won the toss and will bowl first in Hobart. Captain Aaron Finch has confirmed there will be no changes to the Australian lineup, however Chris Lynn will open the batting with Aaron Finch tonight.

South Africa are also unchanged with their team from Adelaide.

Australian XI: Aaron Finch (c), Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins,Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

South African XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir



Here is the pitch for today’s encounter in Hobart. A nice tinge of green on there…Are you batting or bowling first if you win the toss?





Australia are still buzzing from their win in Adelaide and will hope to take the momentum into today’s decider in Hobart. South Africa will be breathing fire after a middle order collapse caused them to cough up a chance to wrap things up with Marcus Stoinis running through the middle of the South African order. Stoinis claimed 3/35 from his 10 overs for the home side, including the crucial late scalp of David Miller (51), who looked like he was about to carry his team over the line.

Cricket returns to Hobart today though, and with the series alive, both teams will be doing everything they can to walk away with a 2-1 series lead. Ashton Agar has been touted as a possible inclusion for the Australian side, after Adam Zampa struggled to trouble the visitors at a usually spin friendly Adelaide Oval.

Dwaine Pretorious and Kagiso Rabada caused trouble for Australia in game two and will likely team up with Dale Steyn again, but South Africa may look at Andile Phehlukwayo over Lungi Ngidi who took 1/67 from 9 overs in Adelaide.

It is anyone’s game in Hobart, as Australia look to win back the adoring public after a few tumultuous weeks at CA. The home side won their first ODI in 9 months and with the World Cup just around the corner, the hosts are looking to find the winning combinations that will head to England against the worlds best.

The weather looks fine in Hobart today, and another cracking contest is upon us. Keep clicking back to get all the latest news and analysis throughout the day.