Du Plessis delighted to break long Australia jinx

04 April, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Follow live cricket score of South Africa vs Australia 4th Test Day 5 Johannesburg here. Vernon Philander has struck early on the final day of the fourth Test between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg

Either side of a brief delay for bad light under overcast skies, opener Dean Elgar took until the 11th over of the morning to move off his overnight 39.

"It's odd‚" he said from behind a squirmy smile on Monday. Du Plessis said he had never known his team to be as motivated as they were after a bad-tempered first Test in Durban. He required lengthy on-field treatment and the reapplication of the protective padding he has had around his finger for the most of the series, that he went without in this innings until there was no choice. In all, he took 15 wickets in three games and indeed managed to influence the series in a big way. And so, there were connection with captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner.

Instead‚ he swore at him all the way up the stairs to the dressingroom.

The teams landed in Port Elizabeth with the hosts a game down but left with the series levelled - again, not without the wrong reasons playing their part.

But at the Wanderers the Aussies‚ just a few days ago cricket's ugliest team‚ have been out-New Zealanding the New Zealanders‚ officially cricket's nicest team.

South Africa batted first and made 488 in their first innings and declared their second innings at 344 for 6.

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Nevertheless, Paine said the Australians accepted an invitation from the South Africans to have a beer in the home team's dressing room next door, a chance for opponents to ease the tension of an ill-tempered monthlong series that was marred by numerous unsavory moments, not just the cheating scandal.

On the fairplay scorecard‚ they've done exactly that. They shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 170, the best for any wicket by either side during the series.

Faf du Plessis, the South Africa captain, felt whoever replaces Morkel in the squad will have a lot to do to fill the gap. We spend a lot of time training our culture and if it ever falls out of line then we quickly nip that in the bud, I'm very strong on that.

It was far from du Plessis' most controlled innings, moving past 50 with some efforts tending towards the agricultural, but there was no doubting his grit, as even Lyon's pace hurt him when ball met glove. However, he returned on day four and took two important wickets to pave the way for South Africa taking the rubber 3-1.

The Proteas had started the day with all three of their seamers struggling with injury, but that didn't hinder them at all with Philander firing.

"You've got to have an element of proper fight‚ and sooner or later if your bowlers are clocking massive [numbers of] overs and biting their tongue‚ they will unleash something".

Since then, he only has one other triple-figure score from five series to his name before Monday: 135 a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/10904/scorecard/1075503/south-africa-vs-bangladesh-2nd-test-bangladesh-tour-of-sa-2017-18/" target="_blank" *hapless Bangladesh at the start of this home summer. "I'm pretty sure it's not going to last very long".

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