Australia’s wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey on Wednesday created history by scoring a century on the third day of the Boxing-Day Test against South Africa.

Carey became the first wicket-keeper batsman in the world to score a century in the Boxing-Day Test. This century was also special for Carey because he completed the first hundred of his Test career.

Thanks to Alex Carey’s century, Australia have strengthened their position in the Boxing-Day Test. Australia declared their first innings at 575/8 in reply to South Africa’s first innings total of 189 runs.

In this way, the hosts took a lead of 386 runs on the basis of first innings. By the end of the third day’s play, the Proteas have scored 15 runs losing one wicket in 7 overs. South Africa’s team is still 371 runs behind Australia’s score, while it has 9 wickets remaining.

Australia extended their innings on the third day with a score of 386/3. Travis Head (51) returned to the pavilion after being bowled by Nortje after completing his half-century. On the very next ball, Nortje also bowled David Warner (200).

Rabada gave the sixth blow to Australia by getting Pat Cummins (4) caught out by Vereni. From here Nathan Lyon (25) added 40 runs with Carey. Ngidi gave Australia the seventh blow by getting Leon caught out by Jondo.

From here, Carey got the support of Cameron Green (51*). Both shared a 117-run partnership for the eighth wicket. During this, Carey completed his century and made his fans around the world happy.

Alex Carey has become the second Australian wicket-keeper batsman to score a century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Rod Marsh became the first Australian wicket-keeper to score a century here in 1997.

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