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Proteas Survive To Draw, Australia Makes Immediate Changes For Third Test

Debutant Faf du Plessis saves South Africa.

The second Test between Australia and South Africa ended much like third, in a draw, after debutant Faf du Plessis put on a heroic day five performance to help the Proteas avoid defeat.

Du Plessis entered the side as a late inclusion replacing the injured JP Duminy and went on to produce a very special debut performance.

South Africa was left a target of 430 to reach or survive on day four, but their start was a horrific one. Despite being a bowler down after James Pattison failed to finish out the Test, Australia tore through the South African batting order to leave du Plessis and AB de Villiers at the crease heading into the final day of play with the score at a poor 4-77.

Du Plessis did what was needed of him- survive the day. He scored 110 from 376 balls as South Africa finished with a total of 8-248.

Du Plessis was joined by some fantastic cameo appearances from AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis, who played through a torn hamstring suffered while bowling on day one. The debutant's seven and a half hour stint at the crease earned him man of the match honours.

Australian selectors have made some immediate changes to the 14-man squad that will face of against South Africa in the third and final Test on Friday.

Young batsman Rob Quiney lost his place in the side, but Shane Watson will return after a lengthy stint on the side lines with a calf injury. Josh Hazelwood, John Hastings and Mitchell Johnson were also added to the squad due to Pattinson’s injury.

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