Australia in control despite SA strikes

Du Plessis demands Proteas improvements

Du Plessis demands Proteas improvements

Brought back after strikes by Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, Steyn produced a remarkable burst of lightning-fast reverse to dismiss Michael Clarke, Steve Smith and Brad Haddin in the space of 15 deliveries, effectively deciding the Test with one spell. After a stop at the picturesque Newlands in Cape Town, the four-Test series will conclude with the final match at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

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.

De Villiers was run out for nought after being involved in a mix-up with opening batsman Aiden Markram, with Warner playing a key fielding role in securing the crucial wicket.

Markram hit 19 fours in the best innings of his career, battling a pitch where the ball was turning and reverse swinging and also a pumped-up Australian team that was in typically aggressive mood in the field.

"I just try to get on with what I do".

This Australia side are a supremely-confident group of players, and why shouldn't they be.

If you don't take the time to examine a person's character strengths and weaknesses‚ you're better served by zipping up and letting the game take its natural course. "It'll keep coming for the rest of the series but I enjoy it".

SOUTH African star Aiden Markram played down the severity of Australia's on-field behaviour in Durban last night, with it now up to match officials to decide after the Test whether action is required.

Paine says the Australian top order batsman will be aiming to make a more meaningful contribution than they did in the first Test.

It was Amla's 100th test catch and he joins Jacques Kallis (200) and Graeme Smith (169) as only the third South African to reach that mark.

As the two super power teams in cricket Australia and South Africa started their challenge in 1st March, 2018 and the first match was hosted at the stadium of Durban. As the duo started to look confident with their 147 run stand, the target came down under 200 and for the first time in the innings, Aussie looked on the backseat.

"In the first innings we thought the short ball was a real weapon for us, and we still think that's the case".

Pat Cummins struck with his third ball of the innings when he beat Du Plessis for pace and flattened his off stump.

The esteem in which Markram is held in South Africa is summed up by last month's decision to - when du Plessis suffered a fractured finger - install him as captain of the nation's ODI outfit even though he had just two worldwide matches to his name in the 50-over format.

The feisty opener is to answer an International Cricket Council (ICC) charge for a staircase scuffle with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock after they traded barbs out in the middle and continued the conflict on the way to the changing rooms. The pair appeared to be on good terms on day five, before the start of play at Kingsmead.

"It was quite a tricky stage for me, trying to establish myself in the side and then along with that trying to lead a very strong (Proteas) side, against a very strong Indian side", he said this week.

"I found myself, in terms of batting, not all that much in the moment - it felt very rushed and a lot like a blur".

"I'm sure some guys were worrying, no doubt".

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