Proteas to focus on cricket in final test

Proteas to focus on cricket in final test

South African captain Faf du Plessis and new Australian skipper Tim Paine had a friendly chat before the toss and in an unusual move players of both teams lined up to exchange handshakes after the national anthems. "For us, it was to show we want to be super competitive but we also want to be respectful of the opposition".

"There's been a lot of drama this last week and it's not nice to see", Markram said. "It was a good gesture from the Australians". In characteristic fashion, though, Australia fought back late in the evening to prevent South Africa from running away with the Test. Sayers was hugged by every member of the squad.

Burns went for 4, Renshaw for 8, and Handscomb for a duck as Australia sunk to 38-3.

South Africa, 2-1 up in the series, were unchanged with fast bowler Morne Morkel playing his final Test match before he retires from global cricket.

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The 10th test half-century for Bavuma will still be a relief for him and South Africa, who struggled in the number six position this year before his return from a finger injury. De Villiers's rich vein of form continued, with his batting one of the prettier things to come from an ugly series.

Australia will start their innings after the tea break, but their hopes of a victory that would level the series at 2-2 look very slim, especially with rain predicted later in the test, as their controversial tour looks to be coming to a meek end.

Lyon was able to extract turn from the surface and looked threatening, though he was launched for a towering six by Markram that was celebrated enthusiastically by the vibrant crowd at the Wanderers.

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

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Earlier, Morkel had been the last man out to leave Bavuma stranded on 95 as Cummins finished the South Africa innings with two wickets in two balls.

The stylish right-hander has amassed 443 runs so far across the four matches with two centuries and a fifty to his name. Smith added: "I am deeply sorry, I love the game of cricket, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love".

"It probably gives every team in the world a reality check as to what kind of cricket they want to play". "It is a privilege to be playing for Australia". We've still got plenty of batting.

But Australia was still heading for an on-field embarrassment in a week of humiliation. The players raised their hands in acknowledgement.

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