Aussie press praises South Africa fightback

Australia may have failed to win the Adelaide Test, but the media in the country has lauded South Africa's efforts of saving the match.

updated: November 27, 2012 11:00 IST
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Adelaide: Australian media Tuesday praised the rearguard action by South Africa to save the second Test and said their survival will feel like a win going into the third and deciding showdown this week.

Debutant Faf du Plessis batted throughout the final day for a defiant unbeaten century to guide the Proteas to a thrilling draw in Adelaide, spending almost eight hours at the crease in a feat of physical and mental endurance.

"No faffing about from Du Plessis," said the Sydney Morning Herald, with cricket writer Malcolm Knox saying the match had everything bar a winner.

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