Adelaide - South
Africa captain Faf du Plessis and opener Dean Elgar plundered centuries
in a run rampage in their final tour game on Thursday before next week's
first Test against Australia.
Du Plessis (102 retired), opener Dean Elgar (117 retired) and Quinton
de Kock (99) hit out against a South Australian XI on the opening day
of the two-day match in Adelaide.
The Proteas were dismissed for 489 on the penultimate ball of the day against the second-string South Australians.
The one notable failure was opener Stephen Cook, who failed for the third time in as many innings on the Australian tour.
Cook was dismissed for a duck, following his scores of five and 12
against a Cricket Australia XI last weekend in a pink-ball day-night
But du Plessis, Elgar and de Kock - who made a century against the
CA XI at the Adelaide Oval - spent valuable time in the middle ahead of
the first Test against Australia starting in Perth on November 3.
Du Plessis and Elgar shared in a 179-run partnership for the fourth wicket after the Proteas lost three early wickets.
Hashim Amla (nine) and Rilee Rossouw (22) failed to get among the
runs. But the two centurions and de Kock made the most of their
Du Plessis, who hit 16 fours off 112 balls, was the first to reach triple figures with his second six of the innings.
Elgar, who struck 12 fours and four sixes, got his runs off 143 balls.
De Kock tore into the local bowling attack, hammering his runs off just 94 balls with 13 fours and a six.
October 27-28: Two-day Tour match, Gliderol Stadium
November 3-7: 1st Test, WACA Ground Perth
November 12-16: 2nd Test, Blundstone Arena Hobart
November 19-20: Two-day Tour match, MCG (Pink ball)
November 24-28: 3rd Test, Adelaide Oval (Pink ball))
Proteas Test squad:
Faf du Plessis (Titans, captain), Kyle Abbott (Warriors), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Stephen Cook (Highveld Lions), Quinton de Kock (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Dean Elgar (Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Morne Morkel (Titans), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras), Dane Vilas (Cape Cobras)