Morkel nears 300 club as Australia take lead past 400


South African assistant coach Malibongwe Maketa said South Africa's bowlers had shown improvement on their first innings performance."We did feel we gave away way too many boundaries", he said.

When De Villiers was run out, having faced one ball and made an incredible misjudgement, South African hearts dropped like lead balloons. Yet, something seemed amiss when Markram strolled in and sliced a drive off Mitchell Starc off the second ball of the final innings. He achieved immediate success, getting rid of Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla in the space of his first five deliveries and the Proteas never really recovered.

Sriram's has also assisted Australian women's and under-age teams and his Australian connection will continue after the South Africa series when he links up with Ricky Ponting as an assistant coach of the former Test captain at Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Daredevils.

Maketa acknowledged that South Africa were in a hard position after a poor batting effort when they were bowled out for 162 in their first innings."A few guys probably came in not having hit enough but they have played a lot of cricket and they know what is required to do well at this level". It was Markram who stole the limelight, though, with some exquisite driving and exceptional judgement outside his off-stump.

In the video, Warner's anger is directed at de Kock, who is following the Australians up the steps.

Australia picked up wickets at regular intervals through the afternoon with only the opener Aidan Markram (32) and Quinton de Kock (20) offering serious support to De Villiers.

It was significant that the only Test Starc has missed in recent times was in Melbourne and the match in a draw.

Yet, somehow, there wasn't the feeling that he could front up to an attack featuring Starc, Pat Cummins, Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon. "We spoke to Aiden about running out their best player and one of the best players in the world", the wicketkeeper said.

The teams will now come back for a fifth day with Australia needing one wicket for victory and the Proteas 124 runs.

Mitchell Marsh ground out a half-century for Australia and Mitchell Starc hit powerfully on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Kingsmead on Friday.

Mitch Marsh's knock of 96 guided Australia to 351, while paceman Mitchell Starc took five wickets to restrict the Proteas to 162.

Vernon Philander didn't do much damage after dismissing Cameron Bancroft. They played full first day and nearly first session of the second day.

Despite Australia's sheer dominance, Usman Khawaja's struggles away from home continued.

A fired-up Warner ran de Villiers out for a duck at the non-striker's end following a calamitous mix-up between the gun batsman and Markram. Can you imagine if there was no cricket tomorrow after they have walked off the field like that?

Markram had batted with conviction even as his teammates floundered, and although de Bruyn took some time to find his feet, he was soon proving equal to the challenge at hand.

Quinton de Kock, 81 not out, will resume on strike, meaning Starc may wait and hope for the second over for the prospect that he will be able to charge in at No.11 Morne Morkel with a brand new ball.



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