Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

Usman Khawaja

100

Mitchell Starc

79

Steven Smith

72

Kyle Abott

56

Faf du Plessis

54

Josh Hazlewood

52

Stephen Cook

43

Nathan Lyon

35

Peter Handscomb

32

Vernon Philander

22

Matthew Wade

21

Quinton de Kock

21

Kagiso Rabada

19

David Warner

18

Hashim Amla

17

Matt Renshaw

14

Jackson Bird

11

Temba Bavuma

8

Jean-Paul Duminy

8

Tabraiz Shamsi

6

Dean Elgar

5

Nic Maddinson

0

Note: In a career context, all numbers are restricted between 0 and 5. However, in a match context, the numbers are not restricted. For simplicity, we are changing the scale here in the report and expressing every Match Impact number as a percentage. The maximum percentage (100) is assigned to the highest impact player of the match. All other players in the match are scaled relative to him. Negative Match Impact indicates that not only did the player not contribute in the match, but he also had an adverse effect on his team’s chances.​​

Scorecard

Australia stopped their string of defeats and secured a consolatory seven-wicket win over South Africa in Adelaide’s day/night Test on Sunday (27 Nov). While the visitors were denied a sweep, they still won the three-Test series 2-1.

Usman Khawaja was the highest impact player, and batsman, of the third Test.

With David Warner unavailable to open the batting – following a gutsy declaration by Faf du Plessis towards the end of day one – Khawaja donned the role and proceeded to play a crucial innings. Over the course of his century (145), he thwarted the new ball, absorbed pressure (Australia lost two early wickets and then stumbled again, later, losing their fifth and sixth wickets soon after the fourth), built multiple partnerships (even batting through an entire day in the process) and ensured the hosts had a healthy first innings lead of 124 runs. He was rightfully adjudged ‘Man of the match’.

It was the highest impact performance of Khawaja’s Test career too, bettering his effort against New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman Trophy in July earlier this year.

Kyle Abbott edged the Australian pace duo (Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood) by the thinnest of margins to emerge as the highest impact bowler of the match.

Abbott had a match haul of four wickets (3-49 and 1-26, all top/middle-order wickets), which was less than Starc’s (2-78 and 4-80, including five top/middle-order wickets) and Hazlewood’s (4-68 and 2-41, including four top/middle-order wickets). All of them built pressure on the opposition (courtesy, quick wickets) at various stages of the match, but the South African also had Partnership-Breaking Impact – which the other two didn’t – and a far superior Economy Impact .

In fact, Abbott also pipped Faf (who scored a valiant unbeaten 118 in the first innings) to finish as South Africa’s highest impact player.

Only two Australians failed in the dead rubber. South Africa, who had four such players, were soundly beaten thanks to high impact performances from Khawaja, Starc (who also scored a valuable 53 in addition to the wickets he took) and Steven Smith (59 and 40).

 

Karthik Swaminathan