The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SOUTH AFRICA cap­tain Faf du Plessis and opener Dean El­gar plun­dered cen­turies in a run ram­page in their fi­nal tour game yes­ter­day 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 sec­ond­string 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 match. But du Plessis, El­gar and de Kock spent valu­able time in the mid­dle ahead of the first Test against Aus­tralia start­ing in Perth on Novem­ber 3. 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.

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