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Aiden Markram slams century as Proteas take control

05 April 2018, 01:06 | Rose Hansen

Analysis of Aiden Markram's performance as opener's ton gives South Africa the edge in final Test

South Africa put more pressure on scandal-tainted Australia in fourth test

Australia's ball-tampering scandal came back to bite them when three replacement batsmen failed on a disastrous day for the tourists in the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.

The Proteas momentum was, however, faced a set back when Australia fought back to take the wickets of Markram, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers in the space of 52 runs. South Africa leads 2-1 and Australia's record of not having lost a test series in South Africa since 1970 is under threat. 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.

Peter Handscomb has been on tour since the start, but his long wait for a chance to bat lasted one ball when he played onto his stumps as Philander found the right amount of movement.

Usman Khawaja's half century was the only bright spot for Australia.

But a swashbuckling 45-run cameo from Keshav Maharaj sapped the energy out of Australia's attack as 500 looked likely to be the next team milestone.

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.

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.

His career-best score took his series tally to 443 runs at an average of 63.28 and he is the leading run-scorer despite being one of the most inexperienced batsmen involved. Aussies skipper Paine's 62 represented his top score since he returned to the Australian side at the beginning of the Ashes.

The day began with South Africa on 313 for 6. But two late strikes by fast bowler Chadd Sayers on his Test debut, and three earlier wickets from Pat Cummins, gave the Australians precious hope after a week of despair.

Sayers, Handscomb and Renshaw all took catches. But on 39, de Kock tried to force one from Nathan Lyon through the leg side with a cross-bat stroke, checking his shot when the ball turned sharply, and he skied a catch to mid-on.

BOWLING: Hazlewood 26-3-86-0, Sayers 35-9-78-2, Cummins 28.5-5-83-5 (1w), Lyon 40-3-182-3, M. Marsh 6-1-30-0, Renshaw 1-0-4-0.

Khawaja played with great composure, finding the boundary with glorious drives and looking comfortable until he was strangled down the leg side off Philander.

Even though Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers were dismissed for 16 and six runs respectively, Elgar and captain Faf du Plessis ensured South Africa didn't lose another wicket as they forged an unbeaten 40-run partnership before stumps was called.

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