I needed to prove myself - De Villiers

  • I needed to prove myself - De Villiers

I needed to prove myself - De Villiers

Struggling for form, Khawaja made an excellent 75 that has at least given the tourists a chance of victory.

Even though Australia batsman Usman Khawaja struck a hard-fought 75, Australia still found themselves five down with a measly 41-run lead.

A first test century in three years for AB de Villiers brought great delight to South Africa's talismanic batsman, whose unbeaten 126 on Sunday helped his side into a strong position to win the second test and tie the four-match series.

International Cricket Council has banned South African young Pacer Kagiso Rabada for 2 test matches against Australia. Keshav Maharaj joined De Villiers then as the latter took charge of the game completely. "I honestly had a feeling we could have finished the game today if we had really got it right", said De Villiers.

Staying over the wicket despite being gestured to go around by the slip cordon, he bowled a delivery slightly fuller than good length and got it to nip back in off the surface to go through bat and pad and hit top of off. Rabada voiced his delight with a roar while getting awfully close to the batsman, David Warner.

Rabada's eighth wicket of the match kept the Proteas on track to level the spiteful four-Test series, with Marsh to resume on 39 knowing he and Tim Paine must do the bulk of the work if the visitors are to scrape together a decent target.

Things went from bad to worse for Australia on the second ball after the tea break as Shaun Marsh was caught behind off the bowling of Rabada for one run.

Khawaja and Mitch Marsh dug deep, though, producing a near chanceless stand of 87 runs as the former mixed his trademark elegance with resolute and compact defence.

Before this, The Australia vice-captain Warner has been noticed after his ugly dispute with De Kock in the first match of this series.

That left the Aussies still 53 runs behind the Proteas' first innings total of 382 and under somewhat pressure.

David Warner and Cameron Bancroft shared a 98-run opening stand, seeing off the new ball in tricky conditions, but it was followed by a shocking collapse of 9-114.

"He's been probably one of the outstanding bowlers of the series so far and with his pace and the way he strikes, I think his strike rate's one of the better ones in the world, it would be beneficial if we didn't have to face him", Saker said. I've worked very hard.

"I'm not expecting Australia to change their style of play".

Maharaj replaced Philander at the crease and rode his luck at times to slog 30 from 24 deliveries as the South African tail continued to wag.

The partnership for the ninth wicket yielded a further 58 runs to the frustration of the tourists.

Rabada added a fifth wicket in the same spell as Australia were bowled out for 243 after winning the toss and batting on a green-tinged pitch on an overcast day at St George's Park.

With previous offences still on his record, Rabada is likely to be banned from the remaining two Tests. Usman Khawaja (4), Warner, Smith (25), Shaun Marsh (24) and Mitchell Marsh (4) were out after lunch to turn the tide in South Africa's favor.