Thumbs up for injured Tim Paine

After such a turbulent week, the 33-year-old Paine admitted there had been far less on-pitch chatter with the South African players in Johannesburg when compared to the first three ill-tempered tests.

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After South Africa ended the opening day on 313 for six, Paine said he wants his team to show more sportsmanship rather than feel they have to belittle the opposition because that has been the team's culture.

South Africa had earlier bowled Australia out for 221 in their first innings with a rush of wickets after lunch having been frustrated in the morning session by Tim Paine (62) and Cummins (50), who put on 99 for the seventh wicket.

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Allegedly involved in ball-tampering saga Former Australia skipper Steve Smith on Thursday broke down during an emotionally charged press Meet while answering harsh questions. Maharaj noted the bounce and turn achieved by Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who beat the bat frequently on Sunday afternoon.

They are still nowhere near saving the Test match - South Africa lead by 401 with seven second-innings wickets left - but they were significantly better on Sunday than they were in the first two days.

That history might have been lost on an Australia team anxious, instead, for its future after the ball-tampering scandal from the last match in Cape Town led to long-term bans for captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft, and thrust Paine into the top job.

Elgar amassed 39 from 158 balls in a patient knock that has been the glue for South Africa's second innings, as they look to build an unassailable lead with two full days remaining at the Wanderers.

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Paine was last man out to a running, diving catch by Elgar, which gave the innings a gripping finish.

The home side have a fitness worry as seamer Morne Morkel, playing in his final test before retirement from worldwide cricket, was forced from the field with a left side strain, but he did return to the pitch after the interval and will be monitored overnight. "It's got a little crack in it".

Vernon Philander, Rabada and Maharaj picked up three wickets each for the hosts, while the other wicket went to Morkel, who had dismissed Mitchell Marsh on Saturday.

"Today, to come out and have a response, I thought we showed spirit and the fight with the bat".

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