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South Africa vs Australia 2018: 4th Test, Day 3, Talking points

South Africa vs Australia 2018: 4th Test, Day 3, Talking points”

South Africa's Temba Bavuma was left stranded on 95 not out as they tightened their grip on a first home series win over a scandal-hit Australia in nearly 50 years at tea on the second day of the fourth and final test at the Wanderers on Saturday.

But De Villiers and Bavuma steadied the innings again with a fifth-wicket partnership of 52, before two late wickets lifted Australia at the Wanderers.

Temba Bavuma (25) and Quinton de Kock (seven) will resume on the second morning, looking for a sizeable total on a wicket already taking turn and showing widening cracks as they seek a first home series win over Australia in nearly 50 years.

Accepting the need to change its ways in the light of an ill-tempered series in South Africa and its badly damaged reputation because of the ball tampering, Australia had resolved to be more respectful of its opposition, new captain Tim Paine said.

Peter Handscomb has been on tour since the start, but his long wait for a chance to bat lasted one ball when he played onto his stumps as Philander found the right amount of movement.

Lyon had his third wicket nine overs later when Vernon Philander's hoick was caught on the mid-wicket rope by Khawaja and Australia had renewed hope of a quick finish.

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Usman Khawaja made 53 before he became Philander's third victim (3-17) and troubled Australia collapsed to 110-6 at stumps - trailing by 378 - and looking set to suffer a 3-1 series defeat a week on from the Newlands debacle.

STAT OF THE DAY: Cummins has now captured 14 wickets at an average of 16.78 at the Wanderers, scene of his unforgettable Test debut in 2011.

Before the Proteas gloveman departed, he played a supporting role in an injury scare to his counterpart and Australia captain Tim Paine.

His career-best score took his series tally to 443 runs at an average of 63.28 and he is the leading run-scorer despite being one of the most inexperienced batsmen involved.

The South Africans agreed to the idea.

South Africa's bowlers generated far more swing, with Joe Burns pushing forward to edge Kagiso Rabada's ball to Faf du Plessis in slips.

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There were no signs of nerves in the 90s for Bavuma when he reverse-swept Lyon for his 13th boundary, but he missed out on three figures when Cummins removed Morne Morkel - playing his last worldwide - first ball.

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.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took the only wicket when Dean Elgar was caught at mid-off by new cap Chadd Sayers for 19.

Markram, especially, answered South Africa captain Faf du Plessis' call for the home team to be ruthless on an Australian team in crisis.

The usually pugnacious batsman, 31, repeatedly struggled to talk and tears ran down his face as he apologised to fans, team-mates, his family and the Australian public.

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