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De Villiers and South African tail flay Australia

De Villiers and South African tail flay Australia

When they took tea they had faced 66 overs. They had the lunch interval to regather themselves, but South Africa seemed to have used it best. The needle was cranking up to 145km/h.

Australia opened up the off side to him when they got Hazlewood to bowl around the wicket, with a short leg and leg gully in place, and de Villiers cut through gully.

South Africa were 263 for seven at the close, a lead of 20 runs after Australia were bowled out for 243 in their first innings. He had battled hard for his 75 but his dismissal left Australia with a tough fight to stay in the match.

Marsh, however, drew a false stroke from du Plessis and the South African captain was sent packing for nine - but not before burning a review.

There was then contact by shoulders.

South Africa took giant strides to levelling the Test series during the second session on day 3 at St George's Park by taking three Australian wickets before the visitors have managed to wipe out the first innings deficit.

His hearing was initially set for Saturday, but was later postponed until Sunday night with the delay put down to Chris Gaffaney, one of the on-field umpires who laid a level two charge against Rabada, falling ill.

Rabada's loss would be a massive blow to the hosts' hopes of recording their first home series win over Australia in the post-apartheid era.

But more than that, it could potentially destroy the balance of the entire Proteas XI.

With previous offences still on his record, Rabada is likely to be banned from the remaining two Tests.

Steyn has returned to the nets and is eager to prove his fitness for the third Test in Cape Town - but would present an obvious risk, given his recent injury woes. He's a big part of this bowling line-up.

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When Kagiso Rabada walked out to bat this morning, he would have known it could be one of the last things he does in this series. The talismanic batsman notched up his 22nd test century.

Elgar is 57 not out, with the unbeaten partnership now worth 86 runs. All some people would have wanted was an escape, and de Villiers provided it. This bloke is different gravy. And so, on a day of sideshows, it was the AB show that stood out. Pat Cummins tried full and wide, and de Villiers edged. By the close he had faced 81 balls and hit 14 boundaries. Rest Mitchell Marsh, Cummins and Starc could not touch double figure runs so far.

Offspinner Nathan Lyon also made his presence felt with the wicket of de Kock for 9.

Again there was a passionate celebration from Rabada, but no contact this time although there were a couple of shouts directed at the controversial left-hander as he departed the scene.

His innings was a mix of nicks, nurdles, edges and blocks.

That equated to only 43 runs in 26 overs.

A day later CSA issued an apology to the Warner family and Cricket Australia, and the two officials in the photo - commercial manager Clive Eksteen and media and communications manager Altaaf Khazi - are fighting to save their jobs.

Nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (29) was the only batsman out in the first two sessions.

The Proteas' last three batsmen managed to assist De Villiers in producing 155 runs.

But as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


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