Mitchell Starc guides Australia to 1-0 series lead against South Africa

Lyon, Warner and Starc as well as South African paceman Kagiso Rabada (who gave Warner a send-off earlier in the Test) could all come under scrutiny from match officials.

South Africa were 5-167 at tea, with de Kock (21 not out) and Aiden Markram (85 not out) halting Australia's march towards a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series. "We spoke to Aiden about running out their best player and one of the best players in the world", said Paine.

AUSTRALIA XI: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

But even if he had dared to imagine that moment might arrive in less than four years when the Australians made their quadrennial visit, surely he would have recognised as pure fantasy an inkling that he would score a century in his maiden Test appearance against such a vaunted foe.

Upsetting Warner is neither against the rules nor particularly hard - but it is a worthwhile attempt to distract him, and the same applies for Smith.

If you don't take the time to examine a person's character strengths and weaknesses‚ you're better served by zipping up and letting the game take its natural course.

"It keeps me going, keeps me in my plan. Just special to win a Test match", Starc said during the presentation ceremony, via ESPNCricinfo.

He might be just seven matches into a Test career that promises much, but it's not beyond the realms of reality that Markram might some day soon find himself being included in those conversations.

It was Markram's third Test century but easily his most important innings.

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And his current average of 57.92 dwarfs those of Smith (32.31), Kohli (27.15), Root (38.25) and Williamson (33.46) as they found their feet in their first seven Tests, with none of them regularly asked to combat the opposition's fresh fast bowlers armed with a brand new ball.

"I think he's a fine young player - a very good hundred against a quality attack", Bupa Support Team men's coach Darren Lehmann said when asked for an assessment of Markram's contribution in Durban that also yielded 32 in the Proteas' first innings. "Getting personal on the field is not on".

After a first innings duck, Hashim Amla was brought to the crease nice and early and once again, he failed to deliver.

Four years ago, reverse swing was on South Africa's side in Port Elizabeth, which is generally one of the drier pitches in the country.

With the ease in which Markram, De Bruyn and De Kock went about their business, a lesser target could have and would have been overhauled. I've seen David a lot more animated than that.

"So it was incredibly challenging for me". Both are tough. Winning the toss and batting was ideal, probably the best of the conditions.

In 2014, current South African captain Faf du Plessis likened Michael Clarke's Australia side to "a pack of dogs" as they rounded on him when the batsman went to pick up the ball to return to the fielding side.

That most freakish scenario was set up by an extraordinary fourth evening in which South Africa's No.11 Morne Morkel survived for 40 minutes in fading light alongside Quinton de Kock against nine overs of spin from Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith.

Markram said Lyon's actions had not been discussed in the South African dressing room and insinuated nothing below the belt occurred in the bellowing response that came his way from Warner, or a later confrontation with a fired-up Mitchell Starc.

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