Patient Proteas Bat Aussies Out of Wanderers Test

Patient Proteas Bat Aussies Out of Wanderers Test

It was the physical state of the Proteas' three seamers that helped explain South Africa's interminable second innings, which featured a courageous 120 from captain Faf du Plessis but went on long enough to irritate the crowd.

Having dismissed Australia for 221 in the first innings on day three of the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers on Sunday, South Africa had a 267-run lead and could have put the visitors in to bat again.

Having been dropped in the gully by Temba Bavuma off Philander, the Australia opener Matt Renshaw's tortured stay at the crease was ended by Morkel, who is playing in his final Test before global retirement, as he was trapped lbw after a 42-ball innings that yielded five runs.

Regardless of the state of his intercostals, Morkel then bowled a magnificent spell - eight overs on the trot - claiming 2/18 as Australia lost three wickets, all trapped lbw, in an intense couple of hours.

Morkel trapped jetlagged openers Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns lbw, for five and 42 respectively, while Usman Khawaja's spin struggles continued when he was judged lbw on seven.

Faf du Plessis' side made steady progress, reaching 134/3 by the close to extend their lead to 401 runs.

As du Plessis and Paine stood together, the Bob Marley song "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" played on the stadium speakers. Morné Morkel's side was strained and strapped before play, Kagiso Rabada had a stiff lower back and Vernon Philander had his groin strapped up.

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Elgar (81) produced a blocking extravaganza as his part of a 170-run fourth-wicket partnership with Du Plessis, while the bowlers got primped and pampered.

"It's a combination of us playing good cricket and maybe a bit of a tired Australian side", said Elgar.

The tourists are still facing a defeat and a first series loss in South Africa in nearly 50 years as they trail by 401 runs with seven home wickets still to get and two full days left.

When he was on 43, he needed lengthy treatment after a ball from Pat Cummins split open the right index finger he broke earlier in the season.

Pat Cummins followed up a maiden Test half-century with the bat by taking 2-35, but Australia's hopes of levelling a controversial series overshadowed by the ball-tampering scandal look all but over.

Paine batted courageously as he fought through the pain of a broken thumb, creating what was ultimately Australia's best stand yet in the four-Test series against South Africa, just topping the 98-run opening stand between David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in Port Elizabeth.

"We want Test match cricket to survive and be exciting, this is not a good advertisement for the game".

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