Australia beat South Africa by 118 runs in first Test in Durban

Mitchell Marsh was dismissed for 96 as Australia reached 351 in their first innings of the first test in Durban

Opener Aiden Markram looked an unstoppable force as he nearly single-handedly outscored his side's first-innings total before being removed for 143. Mitchell Starc registered his 8th fifer.

"I'm very proud of the character we showed on Sunday, normally you get bullied all day when you're in that sort of position, and our young guys showed great character in particular".

After opener Aiden Markram worked a ball from Lyon off of his pads into the leg side de Villiers was in no man's land halfway down the pitch. It might be time to trust their batting on a seaming deck and back the likes of Philander to outdo the Australian pacers and trust the formidable batting of De Villiers, Amla and Du Plessis. "When you look at him now it's like nothing happened".

While most of the attention over the coming days will focus on the Warner-de Kock incident and the fallout of the dramatic second-innings run out of AB de Villiers, it should not be forgotten some fantastic Test cricket was played across five days at Kingsmead. Warner's family, including his two children, are travelling with him on the South African tour.

Warner and Lyon have no recent charges, meaning it's likely both will escape with a slap on the wrist if they are booked, while Rabada risks a two-Test ban if he is charged. Markram, who was responsible for the mix-up after being caught ball watching, went on to score 143 and also had no issues with the withering spray he copped.

The technically pure right-hander has scored more runs in his first seven Tests (695) than any of those listed above, and his productivity as a Test opener over that tenure is exceeded only by India pair Sunil Gavaskar (918) and Sadagoppan Ramesh (783), Australia's Mark Taylor (787) and England's Herbert Sutcliffe (780). "I'm certainly not sitting here complaining about it". It never really gets out of line, either.

"There are a few here and there, but it's not the end of the world". Reverse swing played a part through the game. Markram was unaware of Lyon's ball drop. "We're looking forward to the next game", Du Plessis said. Captain Steve Smith also gave his contribution of 56 runs in the first innings. It was nothing aggressive.

Known for his insatiable work ethic, Bancroft has been willing himself to find a way out of the rut that had engulfed him by the back end of the Ashes, and now he has at long last found some light at the end of the tunnel. Starc came out all guns blazing and took three wickets in the 80th over to push them to 290/9 from 290/6.

"It was good to see actually".

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The Australian skipper was caught behind while trying to cut Maharaj in the first innings at Durban, and then trapped LBW by part-time left-armer Dean Elgar in the second dig. Against the spin of Keshav Maharaj, realising the nature of the pitch, he opted to play off the back-foot, a tactic that made Maharaj push the ball quicker through the air, presenting Marsh a few freebies that he was able to pick off easily through the cut or the back foot drive.

Amla sent the decision up for review but the DRS couldn't save him and he was sent packing.

"But as you saw, it bounced a bit more and got an outside edge so I'm very grateful it stuck".

Aiden Markram continually picked off the Australian attack.

"I'm going to tap Josh Hazlewood on the shoulder and go "Here mate, he's all yours", Starc said to cricket.com.au.

Maharaj took nine wickets for the match in a rare high point for the home team.

Markram raises the bat as Lyon looks for answers. It was Markram's third Test century.

As he watched the rest of his teammates crumble, he stood tall, bringing up three figures for the third time in his short Test career.

The final Test of that three-match campaign ended amid gripping drama, as Australia plucked a last-gasp win to sour the farewell of Proteas' captain Graeme Smith and nearly overshadow an earlier verbal spat between Michael Clarke and Dale Steyn that remained unresolved for years.

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