Australia, new captain Paine show some fight in final test

Elgar’s catch in the deep was being hailed as the best of he series

Elgar’s catch in the deep was being hailed as the best of he series

At his suggestion, the Australian and South African teams lined up and shook hands with each other before starting play in the fourth and final Test of what has been a fractious and controversial series.

Struggling with a hairline fracture in his right thumb, captain Paine led the way with 62 before the tourists - who had resumed on 6-110 - were bowled out for 221 in Johannesburg.

Wicketkeeper Paine was hit on the thumb while standing up to the wicket to bowler Chadd Sayers on Saturday.

Aided by Bavuma's brilliance, South Africa posted 488 in their first innings and lead by a massive 378 runs at the Wanderers as they seek a first home series win over the Australians in nearly 50 years.

Paine was handed the captaincy after Steve Smith was banned following his involvement in the ball tampering scandal during the third Test in Cape Town.

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The series, which South Africa lead 2-1, has been played against a backdrop of unrest, controversy and needle between the players.

"I have to say that for the whole nation which holds those who wear the "baggy green" up on a pedestal about as high as you can get in Australia, certainly higher than any politician that's for sure, this is a shocking disappointment", Turnbull said. "The same with our fielding, I thought the energy right through the innings was excellent". But they stayed together for most of the morning, with Cummins making a Test-best 50 off 92 balls before he missed a sweep and was leg before wicket to left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj shortly before lunch. Thus, prior to the start of play and just after the completion of the national anthems of both sides, Tim Paine and the rest of his Australian side went ahead and walked past the Proteas in a bid to shake their hands, something that he was lauded for and depicting a hallmark of his sportsmanship. "We are slowly trying to build back the respect of the cricket world and our fans", he said. "This tour he has been superb, he was fantastic in the Ashes as well".

With the ghastly week that the Australians have had to endure, their efforts on Sunday were impressive.

"We've got to try and take some sort of positive out of it long term and turn ourselves into the cricket team we want to be". "There will be a lot of emphasis on the spin but I actually think it is turning and bouncing too much to find an edge", Maharaj said.

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