Swinging Starc moves Australia one wicket from victory

Swinging Starc moves Australia one wicket from victory

Josh Hazlewood celebrates Australia's win after claiming the wicket of SA's Quinton de Kock in Durban yesterday.

The two teams were coming in to the pavilion at the break when the stoush broke out, with Warner having to be held back by Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine from directly confronting de Kock.

In 2014, current South African captain Faf du Plessis likened Michael Clarke's Australia side to "a pack of dogs" as they rounded on him when the batsman went to pick up the ball to return to the fielding side. Elgar, who has 14 wickets in 46 Tests, also bowled...

Bancroft, under pressure following a lean trot that had stretched back to the second Ashes Test, weathered a couple of painful blows inflicted by Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada. "The tail are going to have to scrap it and get as many runs as possible but we know as the top seven or eight batters that the responsibility lies with us". "Both sides are obviously disappointed with the way it all came about".

The tourists extended their second innings lead to a commanding 364 but were pegged back by some tight South African bowling in the middle session of the day.

First Test Kingsmead, Durban, March 1-5.

Cricket Australia has confirmed that it is looking into the heated off-field exchange between the Australian cricketers and the Proteas on the penultimate day of the first Test against South Africa in Durban on Sunday. The incident is being investigated, first by the match officials and then, possibly, by the International Cricket Council if the governing body feels it needs to explore it further. 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. "He played superbly well and was getting them, if we're honest, close to winning that game of cricket, so he deserves a lot of credit".

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Australia looked to be heading to an easy win when they set South Africa 417 for victory before taking four key home wickets for just 49 runs before lunch as they devastated the home team's top order.

Australia's vice-captain unleashed a spray on centurion Aiden Markram, who was involved in the run out, while Lyon dropped the ball in the direction of de Villiers who was sprawled on the turf in trying to make his ground.

Australia elected to bat on at the start of Sunday's play after being 213-9 overnight and added 14 runs in 18 balls before Keshav Maharaj bowled Pat Cummins to finish with figures of 4-102.

Yet, despite the embarrassing incident and the clearly bitter feel to the four-test contest now, there was no sign that the sledging would slow down.

As Australian-born but agreeably impartial SuperSport commentator Mike Haysman noted during the Baggy Greens' charge toward victory: "They are so intense ... hunting as a pack".

With a four-Test series it allows individual battles to develop as the teams learn about technical and mental deficiencies, players poke and prod at opponents hoping to identify and exploit any kind of weakness with which to pounce and use against them in the upcoming Tests. "If I don't hear it, I'm disappointed".

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