Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft helped the team to a good lead on day three of the first Test against Australia. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Australia’s domination of the first Test continued in Durban, as they ended the third day 402 runs ahead of South Africa.

The second innings for the visitors was stopped by bad light with the score on 213 for nine, and they will go again on Sunday, with a massive lead and two full days remaining. The third day was a slow affair compared to the first two days, as South Africa bowled with pride, and didn’t give the Aussies any easy runs.

Morne Morkel (three for 42) and Keshav Maharaj (three for 93) kept chipping away, and Kagiso Rabada was tight, with two for 28 in 13 overs. It was Dean Elgar, however, who picked up the big fish, as he trapped Steve Smith in front for 38.

Earlier, Cameron Bancroft had scored a confidence-boosting 53 in the first session, to give the Australians a positive start alongside David Warner. As the day wore on, however, runs were harder to come by, which doesn’t bode well for South Africa.

IOL Sport

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