November 28, 2012Print : Sports
SYDNEY: Australian media on 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.
“No faffing about from Du Plessis,” said the Sydney Morning Herald, with cricket writer Malcolm Knox saying the match had everything bar a winner. “Or maybe not,” he added.“South Africa’s survival will certainly feel like a win as they go into Friday’s decider, while Australia’s failure to dismiss them in 148 overs will deflate their self-belief beyond quick repair.”
The Australian newspaper called Australia’s inability to nail the win a “heroic failure” and praised the contribution from Du Plessis, who was at the crease for 464 minutes and faced 376 balls in his draining 110.