Vernon Philander has played a fanstastic innings with the bat adding some important runs. Photo: @OfficialCSA via Twitter

CAPE TOWN  Despite the controversy surrounding the Australians, the Proteas went about their business in trying to win a Test match in smart fashion at Newlands on Sunday.

The home team have increased their lead to 389 on day four, and may look to get to 450 if possible before declaring.

AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock batted positively as the Australians took the field with a new captain for the rest of the Test, wicket-keeper Tim Paine, after regular skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner stood down as leaders before play for their role in the Cameron Bancroft ball-tampering incident.

That decision followed consultation with Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

De Villiers was first to go for 63, but De Kock continued on his merry way to register a half-century before he was caught behind in going for a big shot off Pat Cummins.

Vernon Philander joined in on the fun, and went to lunch on 39 not out, with Kagiso Rabada at the other end on four as the Proteas progressed from 238/5 to 333/7, an addition of 95 runs.

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