Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj got the wicket of Cameron Bancroft before lunch on Day three of the first test against Australia in Durban. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Having started with a first innings lead of 189, Australia marched to 112 for three by lunch on day three of the first Test against South Africa in Durban.

Cameron Bancroft top-scored with 53 for the visitors, before becoming the third wicket to fall, on the stroke of lunch. Before that, he and David Warner had added 56 for the opening stand. Warner looked in attacking mood, but fell when he mistimed a pull off Kagiso Rabada, with substitute fielder Wiaan Mulder holding onto the catch at mid-on.

Usman Khawaja then fell to Keshav Maharaj, as he looked to reverse-sweep the spinner. The catch was completed by Quinton de Kock at the wicket. 

Bancroft then passed fifty, a knock dotted with some good driving through the off-side.

Then, ten minutes before lunch, he skipped down the wicket to a slower Maharaj delivery, and was comprehensively stumped. At the crease at
lunch was skipper Steve Smith (16) and Shaun Marsh on 4 not out.


South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (capt), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

Australia: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Shaun Marsh,  Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins,
Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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