Morkel takes 300th test wicket as Australia wilt in third test

Morkel takes 300th test wicket as Australia wilt in third test

Lehmann said a number of Australian players were subjected to verbal abuse from fans, including references to players' families. But they've gone too far here.

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith, commentating on television, said he was aghast that the ball had not been changed immediately when the tampering pictures were shown on television, adding that the umpires had been remiss. "Not on this level, we can not accept it anywhere in the world, talking about players and their families".

"We are disappointed, too, with the way we folded in the last two hours of what was a really frightful Test match", added Paine, whose side lost 10 wickets after tea on day four to lose the Test. We've written to Cricket South Africa, Cricket Australia have done that, we'll see their response, but it's been poor.

"We were very motivated before the series, and as a team, we expected the style of play that Australia were going to come with. We'll see what happens, hopefully something".

Du Plessis said South Africa had been highly motivated before the series but had become "super pumped" after losing a fractious first Test in Durban.

During the afternoon there was another development on what should now be termed "Tapegate", with the ICC announcing that Smith had been suspended for one Test and given four demerit points and a fine of 100% of his match fee, while Bancroft received three demerit points and a 75% fine. South Africa was 75-1 at lunch, added 110 runs for one wicket in the second session to be 185-2 at tea, then lost 6-81 in the last session.

Pakistan were penalised five runs at The Oval
Pakistan were penalised five runs at The Oval

Two Cricket South Africa officials were then disciplined when they posed with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks - a taunt directed at the Warners - at the game in Port Elizabeth. They go hard on the ground, there's no doubt about that, but off the ground you don't expect that when you're leaving the ground or you're having a go at someone's family.

The wicket of AB de Villiers in the first hour did little to alleviate their pain, and profiting from that were Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander, who collected runs at a good rate to help South Africa set a huge target and also give the bowlers a day and a half to try dismantle the opposition. "When we play in Australia, I have played in Melbourne, I have copped the same sort of abuse. I still think I'm the right person for the job", Smith told reporters after day three.

South African fans have reportedly obtained a list of the players' wives and girlfriends and are using derogatory language.

Cricket Australia are mounting an urgent investigation, and Smith and Australia coach Darren Lehmann - who Smith claimed was not involved - are facing a hail of calls for their heads to roll.

Cummins said it was "up there" with his best spells in test cricket.

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