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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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Starc, Lyon run through Proteas as Australia take charge of 1st Test

Australia took a firm grip on the first Sunfoil Test match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday as the Standard Bank Proteas struggled first to avoid the follow on target and then get anywhere close to the visitors’ first innings total on the second day.

AB de Villiers stood man alone as none of the other specialist batsmen stayed long enough to share a substantial partnership with him. The major damage was done first by the spin of Nathan Lyon and then by the ability of Mitchell Starc to reverse swing the old ball effectively.

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Maharaj claims vital wickets on Kingsmead debut

Keshav Maharaj celebrated his home ground Test match debut with the key wickets of Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh on the opening day of the Sunfoil Test Series between the Standard Bank Proteas and Australia at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Thursday.

When bad light brought an early close with Australia on 225/5 after 76 overs after the visitors had won the toss on a good, although slow, batting surface, the match was evenly poised.

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South Africa vs Australia: 1st Test Preview

Proteas Test captain, Faf du Plessis, returns to lead the squad for the first Sunfoil Test match against Australia starting at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Thursday. The captain has recovered from the finger injury that side-lined him for the limited-overs series against India.

His return is a welcome boost to the injury-free list, with AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock also making full recoveries ahead of the match. Temba Bavuma has not recovered satisfactorily from the hand fracture, and is not available for selection for the match.

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