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Australia forced to wait 1 more day to seal victory over SA

07 March, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Drew Briggs
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De Villiers was sent back and unfortunately, couldn't make up the ground as Lyon whipped the bails off and sent the South African star packing.

But a stunning catch standing up to the stumps to Mitchell Marsh opened the floodgates for the man who terrorises tail-enders for fun, and it would have been all over in a flash, had bad light not spoilt the party and raised further questions about the sometimes embarrassing rigidness of cricket rules.

CCTV footage from the players tunnel at Kingsmead showed Australia vice-captain David Warner and South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock involved in a fiery exchange as players climbed the stairwell to their dressing rooms during the tea break. The opener made 143, but South Africa had only lived to fight another day because bad light stopped play.

Australia have grabbed a 1-0 lead in their four-Test series against South Africa, with a hard-fought and at times bitter 118-run victory. The review, taken as a formality, confirmed the umpire's decision as Australia knotted things up a little over a quarter of an hour after play started.

"That's the nature of the game these days".

Quinton de Kock congratulations Aiden Markram of the Proteas. What would people say?

The silver lining is Starc may have a shot at a maiden Test hat-trick.

Mitchell Starc earlier had a chance to complete a hat-trick with the first ball of the day but bowled down the leg-side to de Kock, who was eventually out for 83 after adding two to his overnight tally.

Probably the most remarkable statistic of the fourth day was Nathan Lyon's failure to take a wicket although it didn't matter as Starc and his seam bowling comrades did the job.

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Tim Paine insisted there was "nothing aggressive" about Warner's rampage. I just worry that Ngidi is maybe not fit enough or mature enough yet to carry that third seamer role and the amount of overs and the responsibility that will come with it.

Throughout his career, Starc has worked assiduously on maintaining an upright wrist position behind the ball to encourage conventional swing with the new ball - with devastating effect when he can get it right - but has always had the fallback of reversing the ball with a lower arm from around the wicket to right-hand batsmen.

He looks a promising young fast bowler and had a very good Test series against India, but it would still be a big call.

Markram and De Kock had enjoyed a 147-run partnership after the hosts collapsed to 4-49 and seemed destined to be blown away by Australia well before the end of the day.

The anxiety was only eased when Paine, choosing to stand up to the stumps to Mitchell Marsh, gloved a brilliant catch that ended Markram's mighty innings.

Former Test player and respected commentator Brendon Julian was critical of Khawaja's meek dismissal also to Maharaj, where the Australian No. 3 attempted a reverse sweep to the spinner only to spoon one up off his glove. Markram batted for nearly the entire day, only falling late on to a catch up at the stumps by Paine off Mitchell Marsh.

"I don't want to hear all the rubbish that's going on on the field". Despite the consistency of players like Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Rassie van der Dussen, Pieter Malan, Rudi Second and Zubayr Hamza, there is a pessimism that franchise players can't make the step up to the global game these days.

He very almost ran himself out on 99, which would have made it twice the 23-year-old has fallen short in the nervous nineties, but a slight misfield saw him get through and raise the bat.


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