First Test: Australian bats push on

Catch live scores and updates from South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test Day 4 from Kingsmead, Durban.

Starc (5-34) as well as Nathan Lyon (3-30) helped reduce South Africa's innings to cinders in Durban on day two, despite the best efforts of AB de Villiers and his stranded, unbeaten 71.

At least the Proteas have shown that they are now ready to compete with Australia and the fact that this is a four Test series means that they will have plenty of opportunity to get back into the series.

Australia have a brilliant record away in South Africa and are aiming to build on a magnificent home summer which included a 4-0 Ashes defeat of England. The recovery started with a determined partnership for the fifth wicket with de Bruyn, who made a stylish 36 before he was caught behind off Josh Hazlewood.

He tried to run a quick single but was sent back by Markram and then found himself short of his crease as fielder David Warner threw the ball at the bowler's end where Nathan Lyon whipped off the bails.

He played one positive shot too many in the last over before lunch, though, missing a Maharaj delivery that turned sharply to gift Quinton de Kock a stumping.

Australia moved one wicket from victory in the first test against South Africa on Sunday after Mitchell Starc's swing bowling decimated the hosts' lower order and dampened their hopes of an unlikely recovery.

The towering quick, playing his final global series, finally found some success with a ball that angled across Shaun Marsh and took his outside edge through to the waiting hands of AB de Villiers in the cordon. The duo attacked the bad balls and defended the good ones and slowly and steadily kept the scorecard ticking.

The left-hander now averages just 9.62 in his past eight overseas Test innings since the start of the Sri Lankan tour in 2016, while averaging 53.76 on home soil in the same period. Markram looked to run the ball down to third man but ended up guiding it straight into Paine's gloves. But his knock was still not enough to pull South Africa out of trouble, after they lost four wickets in the first session in pursuit of 416. Starc came out all guns blazing and took three wickets in the 80th over to push them to 290/9 from 290/6. But Maharaj settled down and again bowled the most overs for South Africa, taking three for 93 in 28 overs.

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