AUSTRALIA ended its ODI series against South Africa with a different team from the starting team, but still narrowly lost 2-1 in a tough contest.
Here, we see five things we learned from the third and final ODI on Sunday.
Each Test, ODI, T20I, and BBL matches directly.
MARSH CREATES HIS CASE
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Justin Langer has stated clearly that he would consider running in all formats in the Test choice equation, so that Shaun Marsh on Sunday had put himself well to play the first match of the Border-Gavaskar series in December.
Marsh made Australia in the hunt in Hobart with 102-ball 106, confirming its place on the team in front of D'AArcy Short. That is the sixth ODI left-hander and the third in six of his last 50 matches.
It also continues to run well in its form since returning to Australian soil. Firmly under pressure after an agile run in the cricket Test far from home – 161 runs at 13.41 – Marsh averages 76.5 in all forms of cricket since returning home.
He scored 80 and 98 for Western Australia agast Tasmania last month, with his 22 for Australia in Adelaide, a single score under 50 since returning to Australia.
Together with fellow Western Australians Marcus Stoinis, Marsh made South Africa work for his victory. The pair came together at 3-39 in pursuit of 321 and wrestled the contest back into balance with a display of strong strength hitting that for a moment placing Proteas on the back foot.
Stoinis and Marsh combined for 107 runs of 118 balls before the first was dismissed for 63 off 76. He hit five fours and four sixes after moving to 5th place.
AUSSIES GETS PROTEAS PAIR OFF THE HOOK
David Miller and Faf du Plessis don't need an invitation to maximize their second life.
The Proteas pair in Hobart has 252 surprising steps – the most common in ODI between South Africa and Australia. The best before was 222 between Michael Bevan and Steve Waugh at Docklands Stadium in August 2000.
Both of them made a empathetic century on Sunday after each released a hook before making it 50.
Du Plessis was dropped by guard Alex Carey at 29, and finished at 125 (114).
Miller walked back to the warehouse at 41 when he was trapped in front by Glenn Maxwell and Aleem Dar raised his finger. Du Plessis reviewed the decision for him (after waiting 19 seconds) and the DRS found the ball would pass through the stump.
He finished at 139 (107) to record the highest ODI score ever.
Miller and du Plessis took South Africa from a dangerous 3-55 after 15.3 overs to 320 which was strong to manage the win.
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FAF IS CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS
Du Plessis must thank not just one, but two centuries for South Africa on Sunday.
Alone – the fourth in ODI against Australia – could not come at a better time.
With the all-square series at 1-1, and Proteas struggling in the determination at 3-55, du Plessis took the lead with examples like all the big captains did.
He overcame challenges from Mitchell Starc and co. and proceeding to send 125 runs only 114 balls, including 15 fours and two six points.
But what he did for his teammate Miller was arguably more influential.
Miller was given LBW on 41 while du Plessis stood at the end of the non-striker. The Batsman seemed ready to walk because he did not ask for his own review until the captain stood up.
Du Plessis calls a review for him and Miller is rescued by a ball tracker. The 29-year-old continued to make 139 runs of 108 balls in what Graeme Smith described as "one of the best innings you will see".
Miller was also awarded the player from the match, and the series.
STAR QUOTES ARE NOT A SAFETY
With recent Australian batting performances, many hope that the presence of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will be enough to cover up their failure.
After three ODIs, it became clear that it was too much to ask.
The trio were all fresh from a long, far-reaching assignment of international cricket after sustained injuries on a tour of South Africa in March. Only Starc has returned to Australia since then, and that is only in two trial matches against Pakistan with reduced capacity.
All three were far from the best during this series, taking eight wickets at 50.38.
Cummins only took one, and ended the series on a low note with a strike for 0-67 from 10 overs.
Bowlers are now out of competitive matches to be ready for the Test series against India after no one was selected for the Twenty20s this month.
STOINIS HAS BUNNI IN MAKING
Reeza Hendricks will be happy to see the back of Marcus Stoinis when the Australian South Africa tour is complete.
Stoinis is one of the best and most consistent players in Australia, this series, took eight wickets at 15.12.
He really enjoyed his brief meeting with Hendricks.
The 29-year-old only bowed seven balls to the opening in three matches, but he took Hendricks goal twice without conceding.
The first goal came in the first ODI when Hendricks appeared a good long ball to allow Chris Lynn to take an easy catch. The second goal, however, is far more fortunate for Stoinis.
His delivery went down the leg, but Hendricks tickled the ball a little as he tried to glance at his good foot.
Either way; Stoinis 2, Hendricks 0.