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Australia claim big lead as Starc rips through S

Australia claim big lead as Starc rips through S

One such spell was delivered by Proteas champion Dale Steyn the last time these two teams met in Port Elizabeth four years ago.

Australia's comments didn't rattle South African batsman Aiden Markram as raises his bat as he celebrates scoring a century during the fourth day of the first Test cricket match between South Africa and Australia at The Kingsmead Stadium in Durban. "We enjoy it when Starcy is up and about like that", Paine said.

Australia lost some cheap wickets on day three before bad light once again prematurely stopped play, but conditions got harder for batting the longer the day went on and Lyon and Starc present a major headache for the Proteas with still two days left in the match.

Markram and Theunis de Bruyn were positive against the Australian bowling after lunch in an 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket that was filled with as many flourishing strokes as it was with chances for the visitors to snag a wicket.

Australian tailender Pat Cummins smacked a couple of boundaries before playing on to left-armer Keshav Mahara.

Paine's instincts told him to come up to the stumps to all-rounder Mitchell Marsh in a bid to find a way through Markram.

While South Africa might be kicking themselves for the lower-order collapse in the first innings, they would also be mindful of the threat Starc poses on an abrasive track.

But after that, it has been South Africa through and through.

Play was eventually called off altogether at 5.55pm local time, five minutes before the scheduled end of play, with South Africa 9-293 in their second innings and requiring 124 runs to win.

The situation is tailor-made for Australia's spin king Lyon, who will be salivating at the prospect of the rough and uneven bounce starting to characterise the Kingsmead surface. "We spoke to Aiden about running out their best player and one of the best players in the world", the wicketkeeper said.

"It was quite a tricky stage for me, trying to establish myself in the side and then along with that trying to lead a very strong (Proteas) side, against a very strong Indian side", he said this week.

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"There was a bit of reverse swing so if we're honest we were going to try and trap (Markram) on the crease and get him lbw but as you saw, it bounced a bit more and got an outside edge so I was very grateful it stuck".

Three overs later Starc took three wickets in five balls to have South Africa nine down.

Later, Starc exchanged in a verbal altercation with a spectator in the south-east corner of the ground while he was posted at fine-leg.

Tim Paine insisted there was "nothing aggressive" about Warner's rampage. We would have liked to have done it better in the first innings.

"The only weapon we have in the team right now who does (reverse the ball) is Kagiso", he said.

He was run out by Nathan Lyon, who would drop the ball at a grounded de Villiers before running to his teammates. De Kock reviewed the verdict but it only delayed the inevitable. But Markram, in only his seventh Test, remained calm amid the carnage.

"For what reason I'm not so sure, I haven't worked it out just yet".

"The boys played some really good cricket. things were getting a little bit nervous (when South Africa fought back on day four)".

Having been appointed as a stand-in captain in the recent one-day series against India due to an injury to Faf du Plessis, Markram is seen as the next skipper of South Africa's Test team despite his tender age.

On Sunday, Markram had led a stirring fightback.


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