Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Aiden Markram labels Virat Kohli's praise a 'special feeling'

Aiden Markram labels Virat Kohli's praise a 'special feeling'

South Africa have amassed an imposing first-innings total of 488 on day two of the fourth Test, further demoralising a depleted and distraught Australia side in Johannesburg.

What followed was a week where players, coaches and backroom staff members were interviewed intensively by Cricket Australia and ICC integrity officers over how much they knew about the ball tampering.

Keshav Maharaj (45) made his highest score in the longest format in a ninth-wicket stand of 76 with Bavuma before Pat Cummins (5-83) finished off the innings to claim his second five-wicket Test haul.

South Africa, who lead 2-1 as they aim to secure a first home series victory over Australia since 1970, made an impressive start after winning the toss and electing to bat on a slow pitch.

South Africa lived up to its promise to be ruthless against an Australia without captain Steve Smith, vice captain David Warner, and batsman Cameron Bancroft, all banned long-term for cheating in the third test last weekend.

"Chadd Sayers can extract a bit from most wickets".

Hashim Amla added 27 runs to the board before being caught brilliantly in the slips.

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But he was more expansive after the drinks break as South Africa looked to drive home their growing advantage.

Just after passing 150, his biggest Test score to date, Markram cut Cummins to Mitchell Marsh at gully to go for 152.

AB de Villiers walked to the crease, resulting in cheers from all parts of stadium, the crowd favourite providing a supporting role for opener Aiden Markram.

Temba Bavuma (25) and Quinton de Kock (seven) will resume on the second morning, looking for a sizeable total on a wicket already taking turn and showing widening cracks as they seek a first home series win over Australia in nearly 50 years.

Australia took the new ball and after a couple of non-threatening overs from Hazlewood and Sayers, the debutant picked up his first Test wicket. The opener taking calculated risks and playing well-controlled shots. Both he and De Villiers (69 off 119 balls, 7 fours and a six) have gone past 400 runs for the series with no other batsman having reached 300 to date.

To make matters worse for the tourists, new captain Tim Paine suffered a blow to the right thumb standing up to Chadd Sayers and South Africa lost just one wicket in the morning session after resuming on 6-313.

Burns' (four) tame prod saw him edge Kagiso Rabada to a diving Faf du Plessis at second slip, while Queensland opening partner Renshaw (eight) provided a simple catch to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock off Vernon Philander (3-17).

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