South Africa v Australia: Morne Morkel claims 300th Test wicket

Selection headache for Faf du Plessis ahead of third Test against Australia

Bancroft made 77 off 103 balls with 14 fours but was leg before wicket to Vernon Philander in the last over before tea to leave Australia in a precarious position.

Elgar and Rabada frustrated the Australians for 50 minutes as they took South Africa's overnight total from 266 for eight.

Was dropped on zero off Mitchell Starc.

Cummins said it was "up there" with his best spells in test cricket. "A brilliant final session".

Kagiso Rabada took centre stage in the match he almost didn't appear in, smashing out David Warner's off stump as South Africa pushed ahead in the third test against Australia on Friday (Saturday NZ Time).

The Australians were going at almost six runs in the first session, due mainly to Warner. I wasn't blessed with the natural talent to run up and just hit a length, so I'm proud of myself to get this far.

"I think it's been disgraceful, you are talking about abuse of players and their families, it's not on anywhere in the world", Lehmann told reporters after the second day's play.

The 3rd match of the exciting Test series between South Africa and Australia started off on an even note with the hosts getting bowled out for 311 after electing to bat first.

By lunch, the partnership between Markram and Amla had moved on to 37, with Markram having struck five fours along the way.

Cummins didn't let that happen with his brilliant burst.

Markram had earlier looked well set to score his second century of the series and his fourth overall in a stunning first season of global cricket and it came as a surprise when he fell 16 runs short, getting out for 84 (145 balls, 10 fours and 2 sixes). He was the top run-scorer in test cricket in 2017. The ball was moving, and de Villiers in particular mixed attack and defence with delicious ability - none moreso than when he got off the mark by Cutting Cummins over point for six, then blocked out his next 15 deliveries.

Tim Paine finished 34 not out.

"We spoke the whole day if we got one ... we'd be able to get two or three pretty quickly", Cummins said.

But play continued without the ball being changed and it was unclear what was discussed.

"What do you want me to say?"

"We have since taken it upon ourselves to beef up our security personnel to ensure that players from both sides don't have to endure such unfortunate behaviour", said Moroe.

As expected, South Africa selected Rabada after he had his two-match ban overturned on appeal this week, clearing him to play at Newlands.

In Durban he was captured on CCTV cameras exchanging words with Quinton de Kock, then responding angrily to the response from the South Africa wicketkeeper and needing to be physically restrained by team-mates as he climbed the stairwell at Kingsmead. Batsman Bavuma was recalled after recovering from injury and fast bowler Morne Morkel was picked.

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