Snapshot for day 3 of the fourth Test

Jo Caldwell
April 4, 2018

Paine's partnership of 99 for the seventh wicket with Pat Cummins, who made a maiden Test half-century, before being dismissed just before lunch, was the backbone of the Australian innings, but having lost wickets in clumps on Saturday, there were never going to get close to South Africa's monumental first innings total of 488.

Morkel left the field after bowling two balls of his 13th over during the morning. Aussies skipper Paine's 62 represented his top score since he returned to the Australian side at the beginning of the Ashes.

New captain Tim Paine was 5 not out and Pat Cummins 7 not out.

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.

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Shaun Marsh (16) and Mitchell Marsh (4) fell in quick succession as six wickets fell for 96, with the tourists still 178 runs short of avoiding the follow-on.

Aiden Markram, though, remained composed as South Africa reached 88-1 at lunch, before Hashim Amla was then caught in the slips for 27.

Australia took the new ball and after a couple of non-threatening overs from Hazlewood and Sayers, the debutant picked up his first Test wicket. Handscomb ultimately chose to leave the delivery but the ball swung-in sharply, clipping the edge of his bat before crashing onto the stumps leaving Australia reeling at 38-3. They replaced captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, all banned long-term and thrown off the tour for their roles in plotting and carrying out the ball tampering in the third test in Cape Town last weekend.

South Africa lead the series 2-1, having come back from losing the first test in Durban to win in both Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, where their 322-run victory was overshadowed by the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the game.

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When stumps was finally called, Temba Bavuma had reached 25 and Quinton de Kock was unbeaten on seven.

Morkel's arrival at the crease prompted Australia to make a second gesture of goodwill in the Test, by applauding him.

Markram played a majestic innings against a bowling attack missing spearhead Mitchell Starc, who was ruled out with a stress fracture of his lower right leg -- an injury which will also force him to miss a lucrative stint with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. During the second Test, who scored 94, providing a good base for South Africa to build a huge score on.

The Proteas gloveman missed an easier take shortly after before replays showed he had seemingly been stung by a bee the moment the ball was set to land safely in his mitts.

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The in-form batsman continued as tormentor-in-chief in the afternoon, classily negotiating the pacemen and carefully seeing off Lyon's threat, with the majority of his runs coming square on each side of the pitch.

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