Reactions on Twitter: Alex Carey headlines Australia’s dominance over South Africa on Day 3 of Boxing Day Test
Alex Carey led Australia’s batting dominance on Day 3 of the ongoing Boxing Day Test against South Africa to keep the hosts in the driver’s seat. The wicketkeeper batter hit his first century in the longest format and took the Aussies to a huge total.
Carey formed a stunning 117-run partnership cameron green, who scored an unbeaten 51 despite a broken finger as the hosts declared their first innings at 575/8. Carey made 111 as Australia added 189 runs in 54 overs on an overcast day.
The tourists, who were down for just 189 in their first innings, started their second essay with a monumental 386 runs, but had another dreadful start. They’ve lost the captain Dan Elgar for a duck in the game’s seven overs before showers forced early stumps on Day 3 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Elgar continued his rough patch and donned gloves Pat Cummins down the leg side of the third ball he saw. The edge died on Carey, but replays showed the keeper took a clean catch to send Elgar back into the cabin without disturbing the scorers. Although, Australia could have done more damage when Cummins found Theunis de Bruyn‘s edge in his next over, but David Warnerpositioned at first slip failed to hold on and dropped the catch.
Earlier in the day, the Proteas came out with all their guns, taking three wickets in six balls as the pacesetter Anrich Nortjebeing hit by a spidercam on Day 2 sent shockwaves to the Aussie camp.
Nortje cleared the well-set Travis Head for 51, and Head’s dismissal brought Warner, who had retired with a cramp after reaching 200 on the second day. However, Warner was sent off on the very first ball Nortje encountered. Soon Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi got rid of Cummins and Nathan Lyonsbefore Carey and Green led Australia’s comeback.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
Stumps is called early on another day that dominated Australia.
Check out the scorecard and highlights below #AUSvSA
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2022
Alex Carey is the first Australian wicketkeeper in history to score a Boxing Day Test century at the MCG.#AUSvSA
— Nic Wilde (@nic_savage1) December 28, 2022
Here is a reminder of the greatness of Adam Gilchrist. He has 17 Test centuries.
Alex Carey’s ton today was 15th by all other Australian Test wicket-keepers combined.
— Daniel Cherny (@Daniel Cherny) December 28, 2022
Only fitting that it was Cam Green on the other side when Alex Carey brought up his 1st testton. They formed a great bond on and off the pitch and you could see Green had his hands up in celebration even before Carey did before running off the pitch for a bear hug #AusvSA pic.twitter.com/mVaGjOhyHo
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) December 28, 2022
Alex Carey becomes the first Australian goalkeeper to score a Test hundred since 2013.
— Jans. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 28, 2022
Imagine looking at the MCG scoreboard and seeing 100 next to your name after committing yourself to cricket after footy wasn’t for you. It’s a great sports story Alex Carey.
— Andy Maher (@AndyMaherDFA) December 28, 2022
Alex Carey will be the first @GWSGIANTS captained to score a test match century. #AUSvSA
— Adam White (@White_Adam) December 28, 2022
Get in!!!! So happy for Alex Carey! Maiden Test ton for the former Aussie Rules young gun. Achieves what its predecessor Tim Paine never did.
Great story – beautiful human being. As friendly as they come!
Fall in the pool, however, remains my favorite Carey highlight of 2022.
— Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_Meadows) December 28, 2022
DAY 3 | STOMP 🛑
Rain brings an early end to the day.
Day 4 kicks off at 01:00 CAT as we trail Australia by a further 371 runs
#AUSvSA #Be a part of it pic.twitter.com/HPnwUWA8d7
— Proteas Men (@ProteasMenCSA) December 28, 2022
Test tons at the @MCG by wicket-keepers
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) December 28, 2022
Alex Carey’s first test barrel. What a knock. #AUSvSA
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) December 28, 2022
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