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Rabada, De Villiers rock Australia

12 Mars 2018

The live telecast of the match will be available on Sony Six and Sony Six HD.

Rabada, meanwhile, has also accepted a second charge under 2.17 of the code of "using language, actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his or her dismissal". Finally he broke a stubborn 87-run partnership between Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh when he trapped Khawaja in front of his stumps for 75 in the penultimate over of the day.

Mitch Marsh was defiant, still at the crease with 39 runs, with Tim Paine the other not out batsman, on 5. Rabada claimed five wickets for 96 to bundle out Australia for 243 in the first innings.

It's that simple for de Villiers, who returned to test cricket late last year after a break of almost two years, and returned to the AB of old with 126 not out against Australia in the second test on Sunday.

"I was very motivated, I always am against Australia, and I wanted to prove I should keep my spot in the team, you're always just a couple of innings away from people asking whether you are still good enough", De Villiers said after his tremendous 126 not out had given South Africa a 139-run first-innings lead.

Rabada gave a send-off to David Warner - himself in the news for a first-Test clash with Quinton de Kock - during day three on Sunday.

Yet there was no fairytale return either against Zimbabwe in the one-off Boxing Day Test or India in January and only on Sunday did he reach the milestone of a century for the first time in 13 Tests.

Smith turned to Marsh, and was rewarded with the breakthrough wicket of Markram, with Australia running through the tail to secure a 118-run win. Philander made a calm 36 before he was brilliantly snapped up by Bancroft at short leg off Cummins.

Fellow pacer Lungi Ngidi and spinner Keshav Maharaj chipped in with a wicket each. It was around in his playing days - he was a willing participant - and it was around before him too.

Lesser players will take solace from the fact that even the great AB de Villiers also suffers from the "nervous nineties".

Earlier in the day, de Villiers seemed to have no weaknesses whatsoever.

When Smith brought the field up, the Proteas champion went aerial, as the lead ballooned with no bowler looking like penetrating the batsman's defence. In contrast to the first innings, there was no pronounced reverse swing for the bowlers.

Rabada has demerit points hanging over him and could miss the rest of the series if found guilty.

Just as he had on day one, Bancroft looked solid, and he was unlucky to be bowled for 24 when an inside edge ricocheted off pad and dribbled into off stump. Australia recently won Trans Tasman Tri Series as the home venue and later, they have started their tour to South Africa.

For years, the Australians have been the archetypal schoolyard bullies of world cricket, happy to dish it out - but can't take it when the situation is reversed. He didn't manage that but 11 balls later he bowled Mitchell Starc.

Rabada, De Villiers rock Australia