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Proteas grind Australia down at the Wanderers

05 April, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Carla Brady
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Bavuma, 25 not out overnight, made just one run in the first hour of play on the second day as he struggled in initially overcast conditions in Johannesburg.

The wicketkeeper was captaining Australia for the first time officially after standing in for Smith on the last day of the Cape Town test as the tampering plot broke last weekend.

He waited for the bad balls and put them away, while defensively he looked untroubled for the most part.

That only brought de Villiers to the crease, however, and he combined well with the increasingly confident Markram to put on a 105-run partnership.

Smith and Warner were banned from global and domestic cricket for a year and Bancroft was suspended for nine months after the incident during the third Test in Cape Town.

Given the opportunity to ask Australia to follow-on on the third afternoon of the fourth Test. Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis was not in the mood to risk a series outcome by attempting a shortcut.

It took Australia 21 overs to secure the breakthrough when Quinton de Kock somehow got tangled up and bunted a Nathan Lyon long-hop to Mitch Marsh at mid-on.

Often guilty of batting irresponsibly when the match situation asks for more, Maharaj tried to be more cautious but ended up gaining momentum as he blasted his way to 45 off 51.

More than seven years after he made his debut for Australia in a man-of-the-match performance against the same opposition at the very same venue, Pat Cummins completed only his second five-wicket haul in his career. The player that were sent home are - Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Only four days before Queensland opening pair Matthew Renshaw (8) and Joe Burns (4) had been facing the likes of Jackson Bird, Andrew Fekete and Sam Rainbird in the Sheffield Shield final at Brisbane's Allan Border Field.

The three batting inclusions capitulated, collectively making just 12 runs and lasting 41 balls, in response to South Africa's 488, where Temba Bavuma was left stranded on 95.

"We're sort of taking it one day at a time and slowly trying to win back the respect of the cricket world and our fans and the Australian public", Paine said.

By the turn of the year‚ Markram's two centuries in test cricket had come against modest Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and he admitted that people were right to question whether he had what it took to score big against the top sides.

It was a superb catch from the Proteas wicket-keeper, who continues to impress with the gloves.

"Where's your captain?" the Wanderers crowd then chanted.

Mitchell Marsh edged an extravagant drive against Morne Morkel into his stumps and three balls later Shaun Marsh was caught at slip by AB de Villiers off Maharaj.

Australia, of course, are 2-1 down in the series.

Left amid the wreckage are captain Tim Paine (5 not out) and Pat Cummins (7 not out), with Australia to resume on 6-110.



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