Australia new boys flop as South Africa turns screw


With only a sprinkling of spectators in the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, the Australians had a huddle on the field during which Lehmann addressed the players.

Australia were 38/3, still trailing by 450 runs with the three batsmen that had come into this side to replace those banned for their involvement in the ball-tampering episode in the previous Test all back in the pavilion.

Earlier, during the 3rd Test against Australia, Kohli tweeted in order to applaud Markram's 84-run knock in the second innings of the Test.

The tourists were reduced to 38-3 after Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb - recalled following suspensions handed out to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their part in the ball-tampering scandal - fell cheaply.

New captain Tim Paine (5*) will resume on the third morning with the impossible task or simply restoring some pride, never mind actually saving the Test. Rain is forecast - it is the only hope the Australians have of avoiding defeat. Few boundaries from Aiden Markram have set the tone for the match. Given the opportunity to ask Australia to follow-on on the third afternoon of the fourth Test. Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis was not in the mood to risk a series outcome by attempting a shortcut.

"Putting three guys into a Test match, two have come from Australia and one hasn't played in a game for a while, was always going to be a little bit tough", said Saker.

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"Being out there batting there was still that pressure and a feeling that it was a big contest‚" said Markram‚ who‚ had he scored 37 more runs‚ could have equalled Graeme Smith's record as the fastest South African to 1 000 runs after 17 innings. And in his final Test, Morne Morkel capped off the day by having Mitchell Marsh bowled, playing on, for four.

Bavuma acknowledges the crowd after falling just short of a ton // was taken at the fall of the 10th Proteas wicket, giving Australia's new-look opening combination of Matthew Renshaw and Burns an extra 10 minutes to prepare for South Africa's new-ball threat of Philander and Kagiso Rabada.

Leading 2-1 after a 322-run win in Cape Town and seeking to seal the series, South Africa put together four strong partnerships for its first five wickets: 53 between Markram and Dean Elgar (19), 89 between Markram and Hashim Amla (27), 105 between Markram and de Villiers, and 52 between de Villiers and Temba Bavuma.

Aiden Markram's was the only South African wicket to fall before tea when he was caught at second slip after pushing had at a ball that left him off the surface from the effervescent Pat Cummins.

Meanwhile, Quinton de Kock missed a stumping late on the second day, but he had a good reason.