Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Australia's Three Replacement Batsmen Make 12 Runs Between Them

Australia will play the fourth Test against South Africa at Wanderers in Johannesburg Tim Paine will lead Australia in the 4th Test in Steve Smith’s absence
Gustavo Carr | 05 April, 2018, 01:54

With a 267-run lead in hand, South Africa made a solid start to their second innings as Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram put together a 54-run partnership before Markram was removed by Cummins for 37.

Temba Bavuma was left stranded on 95 after Quinton de Kock (39) and Keshav Maharaj smashed 45 from 51 balls at number 10 as the crestfallen and physically exhausted tourists were kept in the field for a bruising 137 overs.

"It probably gives every team in the world a reality check as to what kind of cricket they want to play".

There was no sympathy from South Africa or the South African fans.

It is an innings that will mean a lot to Bavuma, who has had to be patient for another chance to represent his country. Still, compared to Australia's long list of issues, it was a good problem to have. Sayers was hugged by every member of the squad.

The very public fallout has already led to 12-month worldwide and Australian domestic cricket bans for Steve Smith and David Warner, the former deemed to have had knowledge of a plan to alter the condition of the ball allegedly orchestrated by Warner and carried out by Bancroft, who was hit with a nine-month sanction. Renshaw and Burns were rushed over from Australia in the last few days.

When the day started, Australia were 110/6 and were staring down the barrel.

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Markram, 23, playing just his 18th Test innings, is the leading run-scorer in the series with 480 at an average of 60, and also went past 1,000 runs in the five day game, the second fastest to reach that mark for South Africa behind Graeme Smith (17 innings).

At stumps on day two, Australia were all at sea at 110/6, still a massive 378 behind South Africa in their first innings. De Villiers's rich vein of form continued, with his batting one of the prettier things to come from an ugly series. "We are trying to put in a performance that the Australian nation and our group are proud of", Saker told reporters.

Lyon was able to extract turn from the surface and looked threatening, though he was launched for a towering six by Markram that was celebrated enthusiastically by the vibrant crowd at the Wanderers.

Australia found a way to fight back in the right way.

Burns was caught by a diving Faf du Plessis at second slip off Kagiso Rabada, while the other two fell off successive balls from Vernon Philander.

BOWLING: Hazlewood 26-3-86-0, Sayers 35-9-78-2, Cummins 28.5-5-83-5 (1w), Lyon 40-3-182-3, M. Marsh 6-1-30-0, Renshaw 1-0-4-0. The CA, in a release, has said that Smith is barred from captaining the team for two years while Warner can never become captain again.