South Africa's tour game against Australia A in Sydney petered out into a draw
South Africa's tour game against Australia A in Sydney petered out into a draw on the final day.
Last Updated: 04/11/12 8:20am
However, the tourists' batsmen were finally able to get some valuable time at the crease ahead of the first Test in Brisbane as they made 277-6 before declaring.
That innings came after they had spent almost five sessions in the field as Australia A amassed 480-7.
The hosts were also expected to face 27 overs in the final session, but both captains decided to end the match an hour early with Australia A on 13-1 in their second innings.
Dale Steyn had taken the only wicket to fall when he had Liam Davis caught behind for a duck.
After their bowlers toiled for much of the first two days, South Africa's batsmen were given the opportunity to get accustomed to conditions with both Hashim Amla (53) and captain Graeme Smith (60) opting to retire shortly after they reached their half centuries.
The middle order also obliged with JP Duminy (31) and Jacques Rudolph (39) both crafting patient innings on the slow-paced pitch, while AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis both scored 24 runs before Smith decided his bowlers needed another workout and declared.
Fast bowler Morne Morkel was rested for the match, while all-rounder Jacques Kallis also missed out as he recovers from a minor chest infection.
De Villiers is nursing minor ankle and back injuries, but all three are expected to be included in the squad for South Africa's first Test at the Gabba in 49 years.