David Warner became the tenth cricketer to mark the 100th Test milestone in 100 years as Australia rushed ahead in the post-lunch session to finish with a 42-run lead. South Africa’s effort on the second day doubled for him in the afternoon session, with neither the Quicks nor the spinner Keshav Maharaj looking penetrating enough to force a breakthrough. Warner and Smith added 156 unbeaten records. This is his fifth time adding over 100 partnerships in this format.
Warner hunched over and staggered against the fast pace of Henrich Nolce early in the second session. Warner quickly turned a century, and the MCG crowd rose to their feet, earning thunderous applause, so he was useless. He started the day confidently against Kagiso Labada and never looked back. Steve Smith was slowly adapting to the partnership that formed early in the morning session after Marnus Labuchagne got off to a blistering run, but was positive in Australia’s recovery in the relentlessly hot Melbourne conditions. played a role.
Bowling was the slight rest his team got when Warner looked nervous, but he quickly got back up and prepared to resume the stance that gave Australia the lead early in the second session. is ready. After Warner had a century, Smith had a half century with 4 against Marco Jansen. Dean Elgar had to rest Quick from one end and use Maharaj for long spells. This was met with a counterattack from the Australian duo early in the session, but South Africa’s small consolation was that the spinner pulled back well and controlled the run.Australia still at 231 for 2 entered the break.
Australia 231/2 (David Warner 135, Steve Smith 60) lead South Africa 189 (Marco Jansen 59, Kyle verreynne 52, Cameron Green 5-27, Mitchell Starc 2-13) by 42 runs.