Reverse-swing comes naturally to Australia bowler Starc

Lawrence Cooper
March 8, 2018

The partnership on the fourth day between Markram and de Kock was as competitive a period as South Africa showed throughout the Test - but that came at a stage when the Test had all-but certainly drifted away from them.

Tim Paine insisted there was "nothing aggressive" about Warner's rampage.

Du Plessis needs to instil some mongrel into his side if they are to avoid being walked over in this series.

Markram also had to deal with being involved in an incident which saw star batsman AB de Villiers run out for nought.

As the Australians celebrated the big wicket, Lyon looked down at de Villiers before dropping the ball on him.

Markram said he was not aware of any line being crossed by Lyon in the way he gleefully streaked past de Villiers on his way to celebrate.

This isn't about petty name calling, this is about South Africa not taking a backward step, showing unity in battle (in a cricketing sense), making the two Australian batsmen feel alone out in the middle and like they're up against 11 players.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis conceded that the team lost its way after giving up a huge first-innings lead. "But what's done is done and we had to fight our way back in the second innings and I thought the guys showed a lot of fight".

Known for his insatiable work ethic, Bancroft has been willing himself to find a way out of the rut that had engulfed him by the back end of the Ashes, and now he has at long last found some light at the end of the tunnel. In particular, it will please the seniors, because they own failings have only made South Africa's job harder; now can see there are others who can bear the load.

The Australian skipper was caught behind while trying to cut Maharaj in the first innings at Durban, and then trapped LBW by part-time left-armer Dean Elgar in the second dig.

Thankfully for the South African he managed to put some runs on the board and not be knocked over for a pair. "Just special to win a Test match", Starc said during the presentation ceremony, via ESPNCricinfo. Against the spin of Keshav Maharaj, realising the nature of the pitch, he opted to play off the back-foot, a tactic that made Maharaj push the ball quicker through the air, presenting Marsh a few freebies that he was able to pick off easily through the cut or the back foot drive.

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Hazlewood has now claimed the wicket of Amla on six separate occasions over seven innings.

Mitchell Starc targeted Aiden Markram.

"To run one down and try to beat point and get two or four for it when it was probably not needed at the time, a little bit loose, a little bit out of my game plan and often that costs you the wicket".

"I'm going to tap Josh Hazlewood on the shoulder and go "Here mate, he's all yours", Starc said to The left-armer was impressive, picking up figures of 5/35 and 4/75 to return 9/109 in the match altogether and just miss out on a second Test match 10-wicket haul.

Markram raises the bat as Lyon looks for answers.

He very almost ran himself out on 99, which would have made it twice the 23-year-old has fallen short in the nervous nineties, but a slight misfield saw him get through and raise the bat.

Among rookie openers, Markram's three centuries from seven starts is bettered only by Gavaskar and Sutcliffe across 140 years of Test cricket.

Sadly once he fell to Pat Cummins, the rest of the innings fell apart for the locals.

Instead of a fierce opening contest, the South Africans have only just forced the game into a fifth day, the high-pace reverse swing from Starc pivotal in Australia's likely 1-0 series lead.

"That is a brilliant, brilliant hundred", one commentator proclaimed.

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