South Africa 311 and 238 for 5 (Markram 84, De Villiers 51*) lead Australia 255 (Bancroft 77, Morkel 4-87, Rabada 4-91) by 294 runs
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This series was already a bubbling cauldron of toil and trouble. Not surprisingly, the addition of Cameron Bancroft‘s underpants to an already putrid mix could have results as unpredictable as eye of newt and toe of frog. Certainly it resulted in a stink on the third day in Cape Town, where half-centuries from Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers pushed South Africa’s lead towards 300 and rendered Australia’s task for the remainder of this Test very difficult indeed.
The morning had started with Australia nine wickets down and 66 runs behind, hoping to close the first-innings gap as much as possible. They added only 10 before Kagiso Rabada had Josh Hazlewood caught at slip to end the innings. By stumps, South Africa had turned their 56-run advantage into a 294-run lead, with five wickets still in hand. Australia will desperately need quick wickets on the fourth morning, and first they will have to find a way through either de Villiers, still at the crease on 51, or Quinton de Kock, who had 29, with South Africa’s total on 238 for 5.
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