South Africa, Australia renew rivalry after tempestuous first Test

South Africa, Australia renew rivalry after tempestuous first Test
Australia's David Warner is watched by SA wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock as he plays a shot on the third day of the first Test.

Port Elizabeth - Australia vice-captain David Warner has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee for his altercation with South Africa's Quinton de Kock



By Reuters, AFP

Published: Wed 7 Mar 2018, 7:51 PM

Last updated: Wed 7 Mar 2018, 9:56 PM

South Africa and Australia resume their battle, while looking to temper hostilities and histrionics, in the second Test of the four-match series at St George's Park on Friday, just four days after the visitors won the opener by 118 runs.
It was a result that maintained Australia's long-standing Test dominance on South African soil but was overshadowed by spats both on and off the field that have left the participation of Australian vice-captain David Warner in doubt.
The bowling of Mitchell Starc and a strong batting performance by the tail in their first innings proved the difference between the sides in Durban, where the wicket was slower than anticipated but made for a gripping contest.
Much the same is predicted for Port Elizabeth with Starc ominously warning that Australia's bowlers could do better. "The reversing ball is going all right this season but there's maybe a little bit of work to do with the new ball and getting a few more early wickets," he said.
South Africa were poor in the opening innings but put up a good fight in the second, where they were set a mammoth 417-run chase and fleetingly looked capable of achieving it before their resistance crumbled.
"We would have liked to start the series on a positive note. There are quite a bit of learning opportunities for us to take going forward," South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said.
"We will need to take a lot more responsibility with the bat. We didn't have a great start with the bat but saw great character from the young guys which started their series off well."
The 23-year-old Aiden Markram was the only centurion in the Test, his 143 confirming his potential at the top of the order for the home team. 
Meanwhile, Australia vice-captain David Warner has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee for his altercation with South Africa's Quinton de Kock in the first Test this week, the ICC said Wednesday.
Warner was guilty of "conduct that brings the game into disrepute" after CCTV footage showed him apparently turning on De Kock as the players walked up a staircase during the tea break in the fourth day of the match in Durban. The footage shows Warner being restrained by teammates Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon before being persuaded to go into the dressing room by Australia captain Steve Smith.
After a feisty game that saw Australia take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series, visiting off-spinner Nathan Lyon was also fined 15 per cent of his match fee after appearing to drop the ball on AB de Villiers after the batsman was run out.
 


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