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Century-making Markram piles on misery for embattled Australia

Johannesburg: A career-best century by Aiden Markram added pain to an Australian side reeling from the ball tampering scandal on the first day of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. Markram made a flawless 152 before the beleaguered Australians fought back with four late strikes as South Africa...

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 30, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Mar 30, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Century-making Markram piles on misery for embattled Australia

Johannesburg: A career-best century by Aiden Markram added pain to an Australian side reeling from the ball tampering scandal on the first day of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

Markram made a flawless 152 before the beleaguered Australians fought back with four late strikes as South Africa finished on 313 for six on the best batting pitch of a series which South Africa lead 2-1.

Markram, though, was the star on a day when players and spectators alike seemed to have tried to move on from the controversy and bad feeling which resulted in three Australian players, including sacked captain Steve Smith, being banned and banished for ball-tampering in the third Test at Cape Town last weekend.

South African captain Faf du Plessis and new Australian skipper Tim Paine had a friendly chat before the toss and in an unusual move players of both teams lined up to exchange handshakes after the national anthems.

Some fans could not resist poking fun at the Australians’ fateful attempts to doctor the ball in the third Test.

One banner among a group of spectators wearing yellow read: “Sandpaper Special, Only R10 (10 Rand)”. But with the main cuplrits in the sandpaper scandal banished, there seemed virtually no animosity towards the tourists.

The only boos all day were directed at Paine when he appeared to claim a catch behind the wicket before indicating that he was not sure whether an edge from Markram had carried to him.

Replays showed the ball had bounced. – AFP

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