Australia close in on victory despite Markram resistance

Arnold Nichols
March 8, 2018

Cricket Australia (CA) is investigating an incident involving David Warner after video footage emerged of the Australia vice-captain having a heated exchange with South Africa's Quinton de Kock during the tea break on day four of the first Test in Durban. Our first innings total was always under par, that's the batters responsibility, not enough partnerships. Mitchell Starc registered his 8th fifer. They failed to play a full day but played only 51.4 overs.

Warner's celebration following the run out of de Villiers created considerable debate on social media platforms, although Fairfax journalist Andrew Wu was among those who added a sense of humour to the commentary.

Can the lower-order find some fortitude and more importantly‚ can the big names follow the trail blazed by the imperious Aiden Markram?

The West Australian rarely seemed troubled at the crease until his dismissal, and helped steady the ship following the back-to-back departures of David Warner and Khawaja.

AB de Villiers then returned to the pavilion after facing just one ball and without troubling the scorers.

The moment wasn't picked up by either the umpires or commentators initially, but many watching on saw the action unfold and were quick to slam Lyon for the move. Warner's family, including his two children, are travelling with him on the South African tour. Markram, who was responsible for the mix-up after being caught ball watching, went on to score 143 and also had no issues with the withering spray he copped.

The left-armer slapped a quickfire 35 with the bat on day two then hammered home Australia's advantage, slicing through the tail while claiming five wickets in a session. It's something I don't mind, it really keeps me in the game and it never really gets out of line.

"There are a few here and there, but it's not the end of the world. It's part of the game and makes success that bit more rewarding". Markram was unaware of Lyon's ball drop.

"Obviously it's natural when you play against the Australians that there's a lot of chat on the field", Markram said. Can you imagine if there was no cricket tomorrow after they have walked off the field like that?

"It definitely does give us confidence", said Markram.

"I think had someone run Smithy (Steve Smith) out in our team you'd cop a fair bit of a ribbing". It was nothing aggressive. "I didn't even know that happened, I've not heard anything like that just yet in the change rooms", said Markram.

"It was good to see actually".

"Oh well, he gets a chance (tonight) now", he said. Marsh deserved a hundred in the first innings.

Thankfully for the South African he managed to put some runs on the board and not be knocked over for a pair.

"It was a hard-fought Test, " Steve Smith said.

Hazlewood quickly took another wicket as he trapped Amla leg before for eight.

Amla sent the decision up for review but the DRS couldn't save him and he was sent packing.

Aiden Markram showed the Australian bowling attack doesn't quite have the requisite answers when the attack is taken to them.

"The Aussies were pretty fired up at that time pushing for a victory", Smith told In his four Tests so far, de Bruyn has not showed the quality of a player who dominates at first-class level - he scored 190 for the Knights early last month to ensure he was not left out of this Test squad - but he also has not had the opportunity to.

Markram raises the bat as Lyon looks for answers.

As he watched the rest of his teammates crumble, he stood tall, bringing up three figures for the third time in his short Test career.

Quinton de Kock was dismissed by Hazlewood early on fifth day as Australia walked away with a comfortable 118-run victory and a 1-0 series lead.

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