Australia new boys flop as South Africa turn screw in Johannesburg Test


The agony of the ball-tampering crisis is being compounded by more misery, with Australia tracking towards a heavy defeat in the fourth test against South Africa after falling apart with the bat on day two in Johannesburg. ScoreboardSouth Africa 1st innings: 488 (A. Markram 152, AB de Villiers 69; P. Cummins 5/83, N. Lyon 3/182).

"Big Vern" has bowled well all series without too much reward, but he had two in two balls when he got Renshaw (8) caught behind before bowling Peter Handscomb for a first-ball duck as the Aussie No 4 tried to leave, but played on to his stumps. "For us, it was to show we want to be super competitive but we also want to be respectful of the opposition".

Khawaja looked scratchy early on against South Africa's high-octane attack, but hit nine fours on his way to his 12th Test half-century.

"There's been a lot of drama this last week and it's not nice to see", Markram said.

It is an innings that will mean a lot to Bavuma, who has had to be patient for another chance to represent his country.

Saker admitted South Africa had batted better than the Australians.

All that would be moot ultimately though, as the Marsh brother both fell in the closing stages of the day to leave Australia staring at a huge first-innings deficit. Sayers was hugged by every member of the squad.

The squad was bolstered by openers Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw, who arrived in the country 48 hours before the start of the fourth Test along with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, after desposed captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were sent home for their part in the scandal.

"As I said it's going to take a long time to earn that respect back from the Australian public".

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Whereas, Pheach served six months in jail after he was convicted of possessing drugs and obstructing a police officer in 2005. Maher served five years in prison and three years on parole for kidnapping, robbery and possession and use of a firearm.

The Proteas are in well in control of the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers against Australia, the home team closing the third day on 134/3, an overall lead of 401 runs.

Moreover, he suffered a hairline fracture but continued batting.

The result was that South africa reached the close of the final Test on 313/6 which nevertheless represented a strong position with specialist batsmen Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock at the crease and the all-round skills of Vernon Philander to follow.

Australia found a way to fight back in the right way.

But De Villiers and Bavuma steadied the innings again with a fifth-wicket partnership of 52, before two late wickets lifted Australia at the Wanderers.

"I thought the way we stuck at it today was terrific", Paine said.

The Paine incident epitomised Australia's luckless first session, with several edges narrowly evading fielders as the Proteas ran away from the visitors.

The chants over the absence of Smith and Warner were occasional and in pockets, but were a reminder that Australia might have to face up to the embarrassing ball-tampering episode for some time to come. Australia's cricket reputation was torn apart as details emerged of the three players' plot to cheat by roughing up the ball with a piece of sandpaper hidden in a pocket, and their lying to cover up some of the details.