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Du Plessis scores ton as SA draw Oz

Adelaide: Faf du Plessis scored an inspirational century on debut as South Africa completed a morale-boosting draw in the second test on the fifth and final day of against Australia.

In an atmosphere of unrelenting tension, 28-year-old Du Plessis was grit personified as he carried his bat for more than seven hours, compiling an unbeaten 110 and steering the Proteas to safety on a stifling day of heat at Adelaide Oval.

Lionhearted paceman Peter Siddle captured two wickets in the last hour to leave South Africa wobbling at  240-8, but  Du Plessis and Morne Morkel saw out the drama-filled final   overs to leave the series  tied at 0-0 after the drawn first test in Brisbane.

Scoreboard

Australia 1st innings 550;

South Africa 1st innings 388;

Australia 2nd innings 267-8;

South Africa 2nd innings (overnight 77-4).