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Day 5

562dFirdose Moonda in Durban

Nip it in the bud on the field - du Plessis

The SA camp and former Australia batsman Simon Katich have called on match officials to play a more proactive role to ensure that tensions between the two sides don't boil over

Day 4

563dDaniel Brettig in Durban

Paine stands up and makes his keeping count

In November, the Tasmanian earned a Test recall after seven years purely on his reputation as the best pure gloveman in Australia. On Sunday, he proved his worth with a stunning, vital grab up to the stumps off Mitchell Marsh

563dDaniel Brettig in Durban

New Australia, same old hostility

The 'pack of dogs' that Faf du Plessis spoke of four years ago was back in full force at Kingsmead, 'headbutting the line' in a manner more reminiscent of Zinedine Zidane than Jonny Bairstow

563dFirdose Moonda in Durban

De Kock shows the fight he and his team needed

Quinton de Kock buckled down and played an uncharacteristic innings of great importance to South Africa's confidence. It was a fine effort in erasing any doubt over his place in the XI too

Day 3

564dDaniel Brettig in Durban

Give me time to improve - Bancroft

In a bid to keep on improving, the young Australia opener spoke at length with the seasoned David Warner about "an array of topics", including their respective approaches to the game

564dDaniel Brettig in Durban

Australia break the cycle of collapses

Australia did not bat particularly well at Kingsmead, but well enough to ensure the process of constructing a consistently successful team was not stalled

Day 2

565dDaniel Brettig in Durban

Marsh and Lyon script their Second Act

A little over 12 months ago, neither man was certain of his place in the Australian Test XI. Now, they have become immensely vital cogs

Day 1

566dFirdose Moonda in Durban

Maharaj's control shapes tense and teasing day

Whether or not South Africa specifically asked for slower surfaces, they got one at Kingsmead, and their left-arm spinner played the holding role perfectly to keep Australia's aggressive line-up in check

566dDaniel Brettig at Kingsmead

Warner counsels Bancroft after 'soft' dismissal

Australia's vice-captain David Warner revealed a heart-to-heart conversation with his embattled opening partner Cameron Bancroft after the younger man's swift dismissal on the first morning of the Durban Test match

Others

561dDaniel Brettig in Durban

Starc's swing puts South Africa in reverse

The last time Australia toured South Africa, Dale Steyn's old-ball skills decided the second Test in Port Elizabeth. Similarly slow and abrasive conditions can be expected this time around, but it is the visitors who now have the best exponents of reverse

561dFirdose Moonda

South Africa target greater lower-order efficiency

Faf du Plessis wants his tail-enders to find ways to resist the reverse-swinging ball, and his bowlers to try and match their Australian counterparts' effectiveness with the old ball

561dFirdose Moonda in Durban

Demerit points keeping Rabada quiet - Steyn

The fast bowler believes South Africa have been disadvantaged in the chirping battle with Australia thanks to the disciplinary straitjacket put on their most combative personality

567dDaniel Brettig in Durban

Dangerous nostalgia at heart of rivalry

South Africa's Test battles with Australia have been reliably hard-fought. But an overdue victory on home soil is important to the hosts for numerous reasons

567dFirdose Moonda in Durban

'I'm ready for the mental battle' - du Plessis

South Africa's captain, who is returning to action from a finger fracture, has also hinted that the team management might pick Theunis de Bruyn as an extra batsman rather than play four out-and-out fast bowlers

567dDaniel Brettig in Durban

Unchanged Australia seek South African glory

Australia will take the same team that lifted the Ashes urn into the first Test against South Africa, for a series the captain Steven Smith believes can be the making of many younger members of his side

Markram's mark

2

No. of fourth-innings centuries in Durban since 1992, including Markram's in this match. The only other was Herschelle Gibbs' 104 also v Aus in 2002. SA had chased down 335 in that Test.

Rare dismissal for ABD

6

Instances of AB de Villiers being run out in Tests. This was his first such instance since Oct 2013. It's also his first duck in 39 Test innings v Australia

Tough for SA

370

The highest 4th-innings total in a Durban Test since South Africa's return to Test cricket. SA made that score v Australia in 2009, in a Test they lost by 175 runs

Maharaj's marches ahead

0

No. of SA spinners to take more than six wickets in a Test at Durban since readmission before this Test. Keshav Maharaj has taken nine in this match.

Bancroft gets one

2

No. of 50s for Cameron Bancroft in his 10 Test innings, including the one in the second inns of this Test. He hasn't crossed 30 in rest of the 8 inns.

Warner in SA

90.50

David Warner's average in Tests in South Africa, before this match. In the 2013-14 tour he had scored 543 runs in three Tests with three centuries and two fifties. He's got to another fifty in this match.

Smith's Streak

5

No. of consecutive 50+ scores for Steven Smith in Tests, including his 56 in this inns. He had scored 239, 76, 102* and 83 in last two Ashes Tests before this series.

Home disadvantage

0

No. of Test series wins for South Africa against Australia at home since readmission. They have played 7 series in SA of which Aus won 5 and 2 were drawn.