South Africa vs Australia: Dean Elgar carries bat for the third time, equals Desmond Haynes' world record

South African opening batsman Dean Elgar equalled a world record when he carried his bat through a completed innings for the third time as his team were bowled out for 311 on the second day of the third Test against Australia on Friday.

AFP, March 23, 2018

Cape Town: South African opening batsman Dean Elgar equalled a world record when he carried his bat through a completed innings for the third time as his team were bowled out for 311 on the second day of the third Test against Australia on Friday.

South Africa's Dean Elgar equalled a world record when he carried his bat through a completed innings for the third time. AP

South Africa's Dean Elgar equalled a world record when he carried his bat through a completed innings for the third time. AP

Elgar finished unbeaten on 141 -- only Desmond Haynes of the West Indies had previously batted unbeaten through a Test innings on three occasions.

Australian captain Steve Smith also equalled a world record when he caught South Africa's last two batsmen for a total of five catches in the innings, the joint most by a fielder.

Although ten other fielders shared the record, Smith was only the second Australian to achieve the feat after Vic Richardson in 1935/36.

Elgar and Kagiso Rabada frustrated the Australians for 50 minutes as they took South Africa's overnight total from 266 for eight. They shared a partnership of 50 before off-spinner Nathan Lyon had Rabada caught by Smith at slip off his first ball of he day.

Morne Morkel hit a four before falling in identical fashion four balls later.

Elgar batted for 434 minutes, faced 284 balls and hit 20 fours and a six.

The four-Test series, which has been punctuated by disciplinary issues, is tied at 1-1.

Updated Date: Mar 23, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4016 115
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 Australia 3499 106
4 England 4722 105
5 New Zealand 2354 102
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2 India 5819 121
3 New Zealand 4602 112
4 South Africa 4275 110
5 Pakistan 3844 104
6 Australia 3699 100
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2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2093 110