Faf du Plessis’ second century at Adelaide and his tactical declaration late on day one meant that he was back in the news for all the right reasons following day one of the final Test between Australia and South Africa.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, South Africa didn’t get off to a great start as they lost three of their top four on 5 as Australia's seamers bowled a tight line and length, forcing mistakes from the batsmen.
Although Stephen Cook survived an early reprieve after being out off a no ball, he couldn’t quite convert it and the onus fell on South African captain Faf du Plessis, who stood up when it mattered as his unbeaten century took the Proteas to 259/9.
In response, Australia’s openers, Matt Renshaw and Usman Khawaja saw off the pink ball under lights without the loss of any wickets with some careful and considerable batting that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Geoffrey Boycott’s heydays.
Here are the reactions from the cricket fraternity:
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke:
SA skipper at his best. @faf1307 brilliant innings— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) November 24, 2016
South African all-rounder Albie Morkel:
Won't be a bad thing for the proteas to bowl tonight still. Nice one @faf1307.— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) November 24, 2016
Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris:
Former England captain Michael Vaughan:
Faf du Plessis celebrates a brilliant century by running 'into the confectionary store and out again' #AusvSA— mark butcher (@markbutcher72) November 24, 2016
Former Australian fast bowler Damien Fleming: