Australia vs South Africa MCG Live Updates, Stream, Match Center, David Warner Double Century

David Warner’s return on day three lasted just one ball as South Africa broke through Australia’s middle and bottom in a frantic first session. Follow the action of the MCG here.

The MCG will not see the Heat that left several players cramping on Day 2 and David Warner has been declared fit to resume at 200 if necessary if the Boxing Day Test resumes.

However, the Aussies will bowl again and be down two options as Cameron Green joins Mitchell Starc on the touchline.

Follow all the action from Day 3 at MCG live here.

Pat Cummins is issued on DRS and South Africa has three wickets in the blink of an eye.

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Nortje scored a hat trick out of nowhere! Pat Cummins keeps the hat-trick ball away but Nortje finally gets some rewards for his tireless spells on day two. Travis Head missed a ball on the stumps trying to play through the side of the leg before Nortje ripped the next ball through Warner’s defense.

10.57 am ELGAR “PLAYS FOR HIS CAPTAINSHIP”

Former Test fastest Damien Fleming says South African skipper Dean Elgar risks losing the captaincy if his team’s horror tour of Australia doesn’t improve.

After being routed twice on a green top by Gabba, tourists are staring at a deficit well past 200 runs in Melbourne’s opening innings.

Speaking on SEN Cricket, Fleming said Elgar was under immense pressure.

“Elgar plays for his captaincy and then everyone outside of Verreynne plays for their careers,” he said ahead of day three.

Simon Katich said Elgar’s tactics were “terrible” on day two, which saw Australia rack up runs with ease.

“I thought Elgar was terrible yesterday with his tactics and decision-making,” said Katich at the SEN breakfast.

“Kegler could not build pressure with the fields he set.

“Then they couldn’t bowl the right length with the new ball because the field (Elgar) was set with a short leg and no protection on the side of the leg.

“On the MCG you attack the stumps for cones, lbw and bring the goalie and slide into play.

“Jansen was excellent but barely got the ball.”

And in the MCG it’s raining again….

10:30 AM SKULL’S SCG BOLTER

Kerry O’Keefe has urged Australian selectors to nominate West Australian all-rounder Aaron Hardie as Sydney’s Test bolter to replace Cameron Green.

Green has been eliminated from the SCG Test and will not participate in the BBL, with O’Keefe using Perth Scorchers teammate Hardie as an equal substitute for the third Test against South Africa.

Hardie is averaging 44 runs from 19 top-flight games and has 41 wickets.

The 23-year-old has been earmarked as a potential Australian player to feature on this year’s Australia A Tour of Sri Lanka.

“If I were George Bailey my bowling tackle would be Sydney Cummins, Boland, Aaron Hardie, Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy,” O’Keefe said at Fox Cricket.

“I would get Aaron Hardie for Cameron Green and I would get the second spinner on a Sydney Cricket Ground Turner.

“And the second best spinner is also an off-spinner, so I’d go with him.”

Former Aussie Test skipper Ricky Ponting agreed with O’Keefe’s Hardie assessment, telling Channel 7: “The most recognizable like-for-like I can think of for Cam Green’s replacement for Sydney is someone like Aaron Hardie.

“Another West Australian all-rounder. Very talented youngster. We’ve seen him make his mark on the game’s shorter forms probably more than anything to date, but last year he won a hundred in the Shield finals.

“And (he) can throw a few practical overs. Something smoky there.”

10:22 AM NORTJES CAUSE’S CONCEPT OF THE SPIDER CAM DRAMA

We have to pay for that…

For those who missed it, Nortje was hit by the spider cam on day two.

The good news from the MCG is that the covers have been removed and unless it rains more we will have a launch delayed by just 15 minutes.

GREEN BREACH LEAVES AUSSIE’S TWO BOWLERS BELOW

Peter Lalor

Cameron Green, the hero of Australia’s first innings bowling at the Boxing Day Test, has suffered a broken finger, leaving the hosts nearly 200 runs ahead but two bowlers behind.

Australia trainer Andrew McDonald confirmed Green’s broken finger at SEN this morning.

McDonald confirmed that despite an injury that is expected to sideline him for six weeks, Mitchell Starc can still bowl in the second innings in Melbourne while Green cannot bowl but will hit with the ‘little break’ if necessary.

The 23-year-old Green posted a career-best 5:27 on the first day of testing and fetched $3.15 million at Friday’s IPL auction.

McDonald have announced a possible Test debut for West Australian breakaway Lance Morris in Sydney as an equal replacement for Mitch Starc.

Mc Donald also suggested that if a second spinner were selected in Sydney it would be the player who best complements the attack, not necessarily the second best spinner in Australia.

This could pave the way for left-armed Ashton Agar to replace Cameron Green due to his skills with the racquet.

David Warner has been confirmed as the next best if Australia loses a wicket earlier this morning after retiring late on Day 2 with cramps at 200.

Warner’s friend and former nemesis Joe Root scored 218 points in his 100th Test and the Australian may be tempted to try and break that record.

He is one of only 10 batsmen to score a century in his landmark match. Ricky Ponting is the only other Australian.

The former captain scored in both innings of his 100th game.

Bad news for cricket lovers, it’s raining at the MCG and the blankets are up an hour before the game, but the weather is expected to clear up.

The bureau expects a cool change that will be a relief after the second day when the mercury hit 37C, causing cramps in numerous players.

ROCK BOTTOM: SA BATSMEN FINALLY BREAK TEAMMATES

Is this South Africa’s ‘Hobart’ moment?

The point where you dive into the bottom of the barrel with so much force that you realize that if nothing changes, you will fall right through the barrel.

There are some ardent fans of South African cricket who actually hope that if the Proteas lose this Test they lose it really, really – really – badly that the urge for change becomes overwhelming.

South Africa threatened to fall into oblivion on the second day of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, but six years ago the complete opposite happened in chilly Hobart.

South Africa romped to a series win as they beat Australia by one innings, effectively dropping Australia to ground zero with 80 runs.

Several angry Cricket Australia executives reached out to the team after the game, saying it was time for Australian cricket to regain their lost lead.

Some say this was the start of the road to Sandpapergate, but there was no dispute that it was the turning point that made Australia look at itself from top to bottom and realize that things could never get this desperate again.

And they never have.

South Africa’s cricket system is at this point now. It’s a mess.

Bowling is her forte — and her long suit — but it seems the strain on her bowling attack of constantly having to defend small totals has reached breaking point and is part of the reason why her bowlers hit two of them in one heartbreaking day only one wicket won Check.

So poor are the South African top flight that they have had six consecutive sub-200 results in tests.

Their top-notch system features eight teams playing seven games a year.

It’s hardly an exaggeration.

Incredibly, South Africa have won their last three series in Australia but there was always a feeling that they did it despite their system and not because of it.

The drain of talent from South Africa to other nations is a constant drain on their testing team.

It takes no imagination to select a competitive International 12 from South African-born players who are either playing abroad or not available for Test selection that would give the current diverse squad a decent Test.

Try Keaton Jennings, Jason Roy, Marnus Labuschagne, Colin Munroe, Glenn Phillips, Faf du Plessis, Devon Conway, Quinton de Kock, Tom Curran, Kyle Abbott, Michael Neser and Neil Wagner.

If just two or three of those players were playing for the current Proteas team, they could have made a huge difference.

Originally published as Australia vs South Africa: Follow three actions from the MCG throughout the day

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