Aiden Markram top scored for the Proteas in their second innings before being dismissed. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/ANA

Aiden Markram’s 84 put South Africa into a position of dominance on day 3 at tea time of the third Test. 

However the focus will once again be on the ICC match referee after the on-field umpires spoke to Cameron Bancroft about alleged ball tampering in the second session.

Television footage showed Bancroft taking out a yellow object from his pocket and putting it inside his trousers. On-field umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth immediately went over to the Australian opening batsman, who took out his black sunglasses cleaner and the game continued.

The focus will now be on the ICC match referee to see how whether there will be any further charges laid against Bancroft.

This was just the latest incident to take the attention away from the action in the middle after Markram batted beautifully until the stroke of the tea interval to pushSouth Africa to 151/3 – an overall lead of 207.

The young South African opener shared a 76-run partnership for the second wicket with Hashim Amla before the veteran batsman departed for 31.

AB de Villiers strode to the wicket with intent and immediately punished Pat Cummins over extra cover for six to get his innings going.

De Villiers and Proteas captain Faf du Plessis will continue South Africa’s innings in the final session under grey skies at Newlands.

IOL Sport

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