Bavuma firm as South Africa power ahead

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David Saker, the Australian bowling coach, said on Saturday (March 31) that the ball-tampering scandal had been a factor in a disastrous day for the tourists in the fourth Test against South Africa and admitted "the dressing room is hurting".

The Australian fightback was launched by Pat Cummins who has been consistently their best bowler and their leading wicket-taker when he dismissed Markram and du Plessis with successive balls.

Brief scores: South Africa 488 (Aiden Markram 152, Temba Bavuma 95*; Pat Cummins 5-83) vs Australia.

And after the South African's brilliant 152-run knock on Friday, Kohli praised the batsman with emojis. "It was a good gesture from the Australians".

Sayers was one of four changes in the Australian team, replacing Mitchell Starc, who was ruled out with a stress fracture of his lower right leg and has also the Indian Premier League.

Openers Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns, and No. 4 Peter Handscomb, all played their first games of the series and all failed in Australia's reply.

New Australia captain Tim Paine had complained after the opening day that his side were "flat" at times and they appeared so again, the usual intensity in their performance visibly lacking. South Africa's scoring rate remained similar through the day: they added 88 runs in 28 overs in the first session and 89 runs in 27 overs in the second.

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However, he says, "We haven't played our best cricket, hopefully we can in this Test match".

Temba Bavuma (25) and Quinton de Kock (seven) will resume on the second morning, looking for a sizeable total on a wicket already taking turn and showing widening cracks as they seek a first home series win over Australia in nearly 50 years. De Villiers's rich vein of form continued, with his batting one of the prettier things to come from an ugly series. Sayers took two wickets in three balls late in the day, sending back de Villiers and Kagiso Rabada in his 2-64 on debut.

Renshaw was caught behind while Handscomb was bowled off an inside edge as he tried to withdraw his bat from a lifting delivery.

Australia need a win to share the series, an outcome that would provide hollow comfort after the chaos that engulfed the team in the wake of their ball-tampering in the third test in Cape Town and the crisis that followed this week.

Warner, a dynamic batsman but a divisive figure in the game, was charged by Cricket Australia with developing the plot and telling Bancroft to carry it out.

"We know that we've got a really long journey to get where we want to be but we think the last couple of days have been the start of that long journey", Paine said.

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