South Africa vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2: Morkel reaches 300 Test wickets as South Africa gain the upper hand

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Morne Morkel became the fifth South African bowler to take 300 Test wickets

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South Africa pace bowler Morne Morkel took a four-wicket haul, during which he claimed his 300th Test wicket, to put the Proteas in an advantageous position over Australia on the second day of the third Test in Cape Town.

Starting off the day on 266/8, Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada converted their nine-run partnership into a 50-run stand before Rabada was caught by Australia captain Steve Smith at slip off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 22.

South Africa ended up being bowled out for 311 when Morkel, who made four runs, suffered the same fate as Rabada.

Elgar remained unbeaten on 141 off 284 balls, which included 20 boundaries and a six.

Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Lyon and Josh Hazlewood snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh, they chipped in with one wicket each.

Trailing by 311 runs, Australia got off to a scorching start, but everything came to a halt when opener David Warner was clean bowled by Rabada for a 14-ball 30.

Morkel then removed Usman Khawaja and Smith, who both scored five runs, in quick succession.

Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh stabilised the innings with a 78-run partnership, during which Bancroft surpassed his half-century, before Marsh was caught behind off the bowling of Morkel for 26.

Marsh’s dismissal marked a personal milestone for Morkel as he became just the fifth South African bowler to take 300 Test wickets.

Bancroft went on to score 77 off 103 balls, which included 14 boundaries, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Vernon Philander.

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Cameron Bancroft struck his third Test fifty

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Bancroft decided to review the decision, but it didn’t save him as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit middle and leg stump.

Once Bancroft was gone, Mitchell Marsh, Cummins and Starc all fell quickly, which left Australia in serious trouble at 175/8.

However, Lyon and wicketkeeper Tim Paine put up a fight with a 66-run stand before Lyon was dismissed by Morkel for a career-best 47.

Paine and Hazlewood managed to muster a four-run partnership before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Paine finished on 33 off 77 balls, which included three boundaries, while Hazlewood remained undefeated on one.

Morkel was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Rabada took three and Philander claimed two.

Australia, who still trail by 66 runs, ended day two on 245/9 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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