Markram century makes scandal-hit Australia toil

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South Africa opener Dean Elgar dropped anchor to steer his side to 134 for three in their second innings at the close of the third day of the fourth and final Test against Australia on Sunday, giving the hosts a daunting lead of 401 runs.

With only a sprinkling of spectators in the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, the Australians had a huddle on the field during which Lehmann addressed the players.

Morkel broke down with a side strain as South Africa toiled in search of a breakthrough, leaving the field two balls into his fourth over of the day.

After a build-up dominated by the Australian ball-tampering scandal, Markram's brilliant innings forced the focus to turn back towards cricket.

Usman Khawaja made 53 before he became Philander's third victim (3-17) and troubled Australia collapsed to 110-6 at stumps - trailing by 378 - and looking set to suffer a 3-1 series defeat a week on from the Newlands debacle.

With the long bans handed out to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, the Aussies had been forced to fly out Queensland opening pair of Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns straight after their match-winning efforts in the Sheffield Shield finals.

Starting off the day on 110/6, Australia captain Tim Paine and pace bowler Pat Cummins converted their 14-run partnership into a 99-run stand, during which Cummins brought up his half-century. They frustrated the South African bowlers as they scored at a good clip.

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Mitchell Marsh edged an extravagant drive against Morne Morkel into his stumps and three balls later Shaun Marsh was caught at slip by AB de Villiers off Maharaj.

"It's a special feeling" Markram said in the press conference in his reply to Kohli's tweet on his 152-run knock in the ongoing Test between South Africa and Australia.

Australia took the new ball and after a couple of non-threatening overs from Hazlewood and Sayers, the debutant picked up his first Test wicket.

Australia need a victory to draw the series 2-2, while any other result would mean South Africa win their first home series against Australia since 1970.

Kagiso Rabada (1/24) got the initial breakthrough when Faf du Plessis took a neat catch at second slip to remove Burns (4) before Philander got in on the act. Both Burns and Renshaw had been batting in Brisbane on Tuesday, rushed to South Africa, and were in the Test team by Friday, and if that was ideal preparation for a Test then everyone would do it.

Renshaw was caught behind, quickly followed by Handscomb, who was bowled off an inside edge as he tried to withdraw his bat from a lifting delivery.

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