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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 24: AB de Villiers of South Africa during day 3 of the 3rd Sunfoil Test match between South Africa and Australia at PPC Newlands on March 24, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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SA v AUS: 4th Test, Jo’Burg, Day 1 Review: Markram shines as South Africa dominate proceedings

The final leg of the memorable Test series between South Africa and Australia took place at Johannesburg.

After an emotional roller-coaster ride, the Aussies came up with wholesale changes in their squad, missing the services of their disgraced trio due to the ball-tampering row.

The visitors received a major blow as their ace speedster Mitchell Starc missed out due to a leg injury. Therefore, Chadd Sayers managed to receive his Test cap with the absence of Australia’s gun seamer.

 

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Markram plays a free-flowing stroke. Credits: Getty

Day One of the Jo’Burg Test belonged to one man named Aiden Markram, hands down. With his mammoth 152, which came at a strike rate of 70, Markram set and toppled various records on his way.

Markram smashed 17 boundaries and a maximum in pursuit of his maiden 150+ Test score. Both Elgar and Amla gave away their starts but Markram found able support in South Africa talisman, AB de Villiers, who continued his rich form with his 69.

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AB brought up yet another important half-century. Credits: Getty

Things were fast moving out of reach for the Australians with the score at 247 and loss of only two wickets. Both Markram and Amla were going great guns in the middle with their 105-run stand.

However, Pat Cummins bowled an incredible spell with the second new ball to bring back balance to the game towards their side.

Cummins dismissed Du Plessis and Markram off consecutive deliveries to bring his side back into the game.

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AB de Villiers of South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Debutant Sayers chipped in with a couple of wickets by removing the dangerous looking AB de Villiers and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada.

By stumps on Day, South Africa ended up amassing 313 on the board and lost six wickets with Bavuma and Quinton de Kock at the crease.

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