Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Elgar anchors second innings as South Africa build massive lead

Elgar anchors second innings as South Africa build massive lead

The home side have a fitness worry as seamer Morne Morkel, playing in his final test before retirement from global cricket, was forced from the field with a left side strain, but he did return to the pitch after the interval and will be monitored overnight.

South Africa won the toss and will bat first, and selected the same team that won by 322 runs in Cape Town as the ball-tampering scandal broke.

The culture within the Australian team has been scrutinised and criticised to the nth degree over the last seven days during which Smith, his deputy David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft were handed lengthy bans and sent home by Cricket Australia for plotting and then lying about the ball-tampering saga. "It hurts a little bit but as I said I've had my fair share of finger injuries, compared to a couple of them this one isn't too bad".

Paine, who suffered his injury while keeping wicket on day two, and Cummins combined in a 99-run stand that defied South Africa, only for the final four wickets to fall for 26 runs either side of the lunch break.

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"We were very disappointed with the way things went yesterday (Saturday)", said Paine, who revealed that the players had spoken about it after play and had resolved to respond positively."We didn't get the wickets we perhaps deserved but I was really proud of the way the bowlers stuck at it, the same with our fielding group", said Paine. Thus, prior to the start of play and just after the completion of the national anthems of both sides, Tim Paine and the rest of his Australian side went ahead and walked past the Proteas in a bid to shake their hands, something that he was lauded for and depicting a hallmark of his sportsmanship.

Cummins made 50 and also removed Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers early in South Africa's second innings for his sixth and seventh wickets of the game. "We all know how good Pat is as an all-round cricketer", said Paine.

Morkel left the field after bowling two balls of his 13th over during the morning.

With the ghastly week that the Australians have had to endure, their efforts on Sunday were impressive. He returned to the field after lunch, however. "There will be a lot of emphasis on the spin but I actually think it is turning and bouncing too much to find an edge", Maharaj said.

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