Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

South Africa vs Australia, 2018: 4th Test, Day 2 - Statistical Highlights

South Africa vs Australia, 2018: 4th Test, Day 2 - Statistical Highlights

Paine suggested both teams shake hands before the test started on Friday, an idea the South Africans agreed with. "For us, it was to show we want to be super competitive but we also want to be respectful of the opposition". It left South Africa at 384 for 7, but by the lunch break Philander and Bavuma had ensured no further loss for South Africa. Peter Handscomb, slotting into Steven Smith's No. 4 and second slip positions, took a fine, two-handed catch to his right. Sayers was hugged by every member of the squad.

It was only going to be hard for Burns and Renshaw, who are in the starting line-up because of banned ball- temperers Cameron Bancroft and David Warner, as they have never faced a ball in South Africa before.

Australia, with its morale in pieces following the cheating saga of the last week, was 110-6 and 378 runs behind at stumps on the second day of the series decider at the Wanderers.

"The one thing this week brought us was a game of cricket and we thought we'd get out in the middle and forget everything, and it was a good place for some of the players to just get out and play cricket again".

Temba Bavuma was left stranded on 95 and South Africa were dismissed 25 minutes before the scheduled TV interval on the day two of the fourth Sunfoil Test against Australia here Saturday.

South Africa race towards clinching the series with the Australians reduced to 110/6 by the end of the 2nd day in response to the Saffers' total of 488.

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When questioned about a possible appeal, Warner said: "That's something that I will continue to sit down with my family and weigh up all my considerations before I make any decisions".

But Australia was still heading for an on-field embarrassment in a week of humiliation. But Cummins found the energy to remove Markram and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis in the space of two balls, du Plessis for a first-ball duck.

Renshaw was caught behind while Handscomb was bowled off an inside edge as he tried to withdraw his bat from a lifting delivery. "I played my part in that", Warner said. 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.

The ongoing cricket world is surely going through a tough phase after the ball tampering controversy. Although the injuries on the Australian cricket are too serious to forget soon the team came on the ground with a renewed spirit.

"We've just taken on board to try to really care for each other this week".

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