Aiden Markram slams century as Proteas take control

South Africa's Proteas will face Australia at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium today.

He paid tribute to the quality of South Africa's bowling but added: "Obviously after the week we've had there's a lot of disappointment in the room that we can't put something together".

Sayers was one of four changes in the Australian team, replacing Mitchell Starc, who was ruled out with a stress fracture of his lower right leg and has also the Indian Premier League.

Renshaw and Burns rushed over from Australia in the last few days to join a squad with its morale in pieces.

Two late strikes by fast bowler Chadd Sayers on his test debut, and three earlier wickets from Pat Cummins, gave the Australians precious hope of saving the series - and winning back a little respect on the way - after a week of damnation over the ball-tampering affair.

Temba Bavuma made 95 not out after he and Quinton de Kock fought their way through a testing early period against a ball that was nearly new in gloomy conditions.

The trio were playing in place of Cameron Bancroft, David Warner and captain Steve Smith, who were all banned and sent home in disgrace after the ball-tampering scandal which rocked the third Test in Cape Town last weekend.

Despite struggling against India in the recent Test series in South Africa, Markram has been on a roll in the ongoing Test series against Australia. Although he reviewed immediately, a discernible spike on Snicko meant de Villiers was restricted to his third successive score in the 60s.

But Australia was still heading for an on-field embarrassment in a week of humiliation.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine captained the side in Johannesburg as the tourists looked to move on at the Wanderers.

South Africa continued on their merry way in the afternoon session, with Markram dominating the scoring, before Cummins nipped the ball off the seam to have Hashim Amla caught brilliantly by Handscomb in the slip cordon for 27.

Despite a strong start by the hosts as they reached 247/2, Australia fought back late in the day to take the wickets of Markram, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers in the space of 52 runs.

Renshaw was caught behind while Handscomb was bowled off an inside edge as he tried to withdraw his bat from a lifting delivery.

"I thought the way we stuck at it today was terrific", Paine said.

Warner, a dynamic batsman but a divisive figure in the game, was charged by Cricket Australia with developing the plot and telling Bancroft to carry it out.

Bavuma feels that it would be impossible for Australia not to have been affected by the week they endured.

  • Stacy Allen