Johannesburg Test: Australia new boys flop as South Africa turn screw

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Australia's quest to move on from their ball-tampering furore began with a late fightback after Aiden Markram's sensational 152 and AB de Villiers' typically brilliant knock had put South Africa in a strong position on day one of the fourth and final Test. South Africa leads 2-1 and Australia's record of not having lost a test series in South Africa since 1970 is under threat.

When the day started, Australia were 110/6 and were staring down the barrel.

South Africa put on six partnerships of more than 50 runs in their innings and scored more than 400 for the first time since October past year against Bangladesh. So we just tried to absorb as much as we could during that tricky period, to take it deep and bat for as long as possible.

Lyon had his third wicket nine overs later when Vernon Philander's hoick was caught on the mid-wicket rope by Khawaja and Australia had renewed hope of a quick finish.

Australia assistant coach David Saker admitted the psychological strain of what the players had endured - the trashing of the team's image and the exile of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft - had an unescapable effect. Here, Australia were 378 runs behind and the pressure was very different.

Bavuma was defiant throughout the first two sessions on day two // cricket.com.auLost in the Maharaj blitzkrieg was Bavuma, who nearly went under the radar as he moved into the nineties and within one strike of a Test century as Paine called Cummins on for his first over the afternoon session. Burns, returning in extreme circumstances after being dropped after another Australian batting debacle against South Africa in Hobart 16 months ago, stretched for a Rabada outswinger and fell victim to a smart catch from Faf du Plessis moving across from second slip.

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But Markram brought up by the ton and in the evening session, after De Villiers had given Lyon the workaround with two fours and a six, he accrued a maiden 150 in Test cricket - a drive for four through mid-off from Cummins taking him to the tally.

Tim Paine sent a scare through the Australian camp early on day two after copping a whack on his problematic right hand after a 122-kilometre delivery from Sayers.

Perhaps the only person who wasn't thrilled to see the towering fast bowler take those giant strides out to the middle was the non-striker Bavuma, who was five runs short of three figures.

The only bright spot was the performance of Cummins (5-83), who wound up on a hat-trick for the second time in the match and continued his outstanding tour. Handscomb ultimately chose to leave the delivery but the ball swung-in sharply, clipping the edge of his bat before crashing onto the stumps leaving Australia reeling at 38-3.

Elgar will resume on the fourth morning, with his captain Faf du Plessis on 34, as the pair look to increase the lead towards the 500-run mark.

Even with those runs, Australia were still in real trouble.

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