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TEST 4, DAY 1. Wanderers, Johannesburg

With the Wanderers pitch being rated as poor by the ICC earlier this year during the match between South Africa and India; All eyes are now focussed on how it holds up during the course of this vital combat between South Africa and Australia.

Pitch wore a brown look than its usual green one, with some cracks being spotted on the pitch, it would be critical for the batsmen to get used to it. However, it was expected to speed up as the game proceeds. Bowlers have to get the right spots to pick up some early wickets to make inroads into the middle order.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. Proteas have come with an unchanged squad, while the Aussies had to make some forced changes due to the aftermath of ball tampering, the two new openers are Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns, and the number 4 spot was picked up by Peter Handscomb and one surprising change was the inclusion of the 30-year-old debutant Chadd Sayers for the injured Mitch Starc.

Dean and Markram came out to bat for Proteas and the new age Mcgrath (Hazelwood) got the ball to start off for the Aussies. While SA lost Dean early in their batting stint, Markram stitched some useful partnerships with Hash and Mr 360; in this process, the young man reached his fourth test ton.

With pitch playing on good for the batsmen, Markram piled up his score to 152 before he was sent back by the energetic youngster Pat Cummins. With Pat Cummins leading the attack with 3 wickets, SA still seemed to hold an upper hand until the ball was handed back to the debutant where he quenched his thirst of the maiden wicket by picking up the dangerous AB and soon one has become two as the night watchman Rabada was also sent back to the hut.

With an average score of around 300 on day 1, SA still holds an upper hand at the close of play by scoring 313.

Key Takeoffs

Markram's consistency against varied line and lengths against the Aussie quicks

Pat Cummins energy and his ability to extract the best from the pitch

Mini Scoreboard:
Bavuma: 25 and de Kock: 7
Cummins: 3/53  and Sayers: 2/64
South Africa Total: 313/6
Will South Africa continue to strengthen their position? or will Australia fight their way back?
With the pride and history at the stake of this test match result, let us see what does the Wanderers has to offer us on Day2. Stay tuned.



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