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Aiden Markram labels Virat Kohli's praise a 'special feeling'

Aiden Markram labels Virat Kohli's praise a 'special feeling'

Aiden Markram seemingly has way more sympathy for those sceptics behind the claim before the Australian series that he had not yet proven himself as a Test opener than he did for the tourists' bowling attack on Friday on the first day of the fourth Test at the Wanderers. Sayers took two wickets in three balls late in the day, sending back de Villiers and Kagiso Rabada in his 2-64 on debut.

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. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine captained Australia for the first time officially, replacing Smith permanently after standing in for Smith on the last day of the Cape Town Test as the tampering plot broke.

South Africa, leading the series 2-1, need only to draw to beat Australia in a home series for the first time since 1969/70.

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.

It was the fourth century for the home side in the series, and second for Markram, with Australia's batsmen yet to break their duck, a major difference between the two sides.

He added six more fours off another 64 balls before he was out.

Without their former captain Smith‚ Australia were led by Tim Paine who revealed at the post-play press conference that he suggested the unusual gesture of players exchanging handshakes before action got underway in the morning.

Bavuma was defiant throughout the first two sessions on day two // cricket.com.auLost in the Maharaj blitzkrieg was Bavuma, who nearly went under the radar as he moved into the nineties and within one strike of a Test century as Paine called Cummins on for his first over the afternoon session.

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Cummins was not given out initially, but South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis reviewed the decision.

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 global - first ball.

Sayers, Handscomb and Renshaw all took catches.

Renshaw was caught behind, quickly followed by Handscomb, who was bowled off an inside edge as he tried to withdraw his bat from a lifting delivery.

With the long bans handed out to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, the Aussies had been forced to fly out Queensland opening pair of Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns straight after their match-winning efforts in the Sheffield Shield finals.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins finished with 5-83 for Australia.

South Africa batted again and Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis got starts as South Africa reached 134/3 at the end of the third day's play.

Even with those runs, Australia were still in real trouble.


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