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AB bats Proteas into first innings lead

AB de Villiers broke the control of the Australian bowlers to bat the Standard Bank Proteas into a first innings lead on the second day of the second Sunfoil Test match at St. George’s Park on Saturday.

The Proteas had struggled to take the initiative in spite of a good effort by the night watchman Kagiso Rabada who helped Dean Elgar add 45 for the second wicket and then the third wicket stand of 88 between Elgar and Hashim Amla.

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Australia wrap up First Test by 118 runs

Australia needed just 22 balls and 20 minutes of playing time to wrap up the first Sunfoil Test match against the Standard Bank Proteas at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Monday morning. The winning margin was a conclusive 118 runs.

Quinton de Kock (83 off 149 balls, 11 fours) and Morne Morkel added 5 runs to the total before Josh Hazlewood dismissed De Kock lbw to back up Mitchell Starc (4/75 and a match return of 9/109) with figures of 3/61.

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Nathan Lyon fined for hitting AB de Villiers

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa in Durban.

Lyon was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”

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Lethal Starc puts Australia on the brink after Markram's defiant century

Mitchell Starc swept away the South African tail with lethal reverse swing for the second time in the match before being denied a potential hat trick and a 10-wicket haul by bad light in an eventful fourth evening of the opening Sunfoil Test match between the Standard Bank Proteas and Australia at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Sunday.

Starc took three wickets in five balls to finish his 16th over to leave the Proteas 9 wickets down and still well over a hundred runs away from their victory target of 417 but the umpires then ruled that the light was too bad for the quicks to continue with the result that Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith had to bowl out the rest of the day.

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Morkel nears 300 club as Australia take lead past 400

Morne Morkel took three of the six wickets he needs in his farewell series to join the 300 club as the Standard Bank Proteas made a creditable fightback on the third day of the first Sunfoil Test match against Australia at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Saturday.

On another day shortened by bad light Morkel took 3/42 in 13.4 overs to take his career total to 297 while Keshav Maharaj took 3/93 in 28 overs to give him eight dismissals in the match. AB de Villliers had another busy day in the slips and has now taken 5 catches in the match.

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