Bavuma denied ton as South Africa skittle hapless Australia

David Warner's wife blames self for ball-tampering row

David Warner's wife blames self for ball-tampering row

Temba Bavuma made 95 not out after he and Quinton de Kock fought their way through a testing early period against a ball that was nearly new in gloomy conditions.

Renshaw and Burns rushed over from Australia in the last few days to join a squad with its morale in pieces.

Bavuma and de Kock put on 85 for the seventh wicket, moving the score along steadily for much of the morning.

By the 13th over, they had already lost the wickets of Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Peter Handscomb for only 38 runs and they never recovered.

South Africa were teetering on the brink of another middle-order collapse when Du Plessis misjudged Cummins's next delivery, leaving the ball as it crashed into his pads for a plumb lbw decision.

It was only going to be hard for Burns and Renshaw, who are in the starting line-up because of banned ball- temperers Cameron Bancroft and David Warner, as they have never faced a ball in South Africa before. The fallout of the ball-tampering chaos was at its worst on the fourth day of the Cape Town Test, and ensuing incidents seemed to have only worsened Australia's morale in Johannesburg.

Needing a win to grab a share of the series, the tourists kept themselves in the game as the excellent Pat Cummins (three for 53) claimed the wickets of Markram and home skipper Faf du Plessis first ball.

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Australia look the second new ball through an extra half-hour to the close, and Sayers got his first Test wicket when De Villiers edged behind, which was upheld on review. Bavuma finished the over with another boundary to move to 94 before Pat Cummins came back to finish the job.

Australia is in danger of losing a Test series in South Africa for the first time since 1970. A solid bowling performance from Australia brought little more joy than the occasional play and miss, or edge that fell short, until Nathan Lyon found a way to end the partnership when de Kock was on 39 from 74 balls.

"I'm sure most people would've seen it", he said of the Warner press conference.

Warner's appearance comes after similar heartfelt apologies by opening batsman Cameron Bancroft and captain Steve Smith, who broke down when he faced the media on Thursday.

Coach Darren Lehmann, convinced to step down after seeing the anguished statements from Bancroft and Smith, was also tearful as he announced his resignation in Johannesburg on the eve of the fourth Test.

Bancroft was caught on camera trying to use sandpaper to alter the ball, an offence which triggered an outpouring of criticism from home and overseas against the hard-nosed Australian team.

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