Town - Morne Morkel picked up two key wickets to
make history on Friday as the Proteas made serious strides towards taking
control of the second Test against Australia at Newlands.
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At tea on Friday, Australia were
150/5, 161 runs behind South Africa's first innings total of 311.
Along the way, Morkel became just
the fifth South African in history to take 300 Test wickets. It was sweet moment
for the 33-year-old, who has announced that he will be retiring from
international cricket at the end of the series.
Having resumed after lunch on
67/2, Australia needed a big session to get ahead in the game.
Captain Steve Smith was always
going to be considered crucial to that cause, but he was out for just five when
Morkel had him caught by Dean Elgar at gully.
Having already removed Usman
Khawaja before lunch, that left Morkel on 299. He was bowling with a good
rhythm and mixing up his lengths well, but Newlands would have to wait a while
longer to celebrate as Faf du Plessis brought Kagiso Rabada back into the
Cameron Bancroft, meanwhile, was
going nicely at the other end and he brought up his third Test 50 off just 59
Together with Shaun Marsh (26),
Bancroft put on 78 for the fourth wicket.
It was Morkel who put a stop to
what was turning into a dangerous partnership, and when Quinton de Kock took
the catch behind the stumps Newlands erupted.
Morkel was swamped by his
team-mates as the fans gave him a standing ovation, and his walk down to fine
leg at the end of that over will be one that he remembers for a long
Bancroft was looking good for a
maiden Test ton, but Vernon Philander had him trapped LBW for 77.
Philander had been the only
economical Proteas seamer on the day, and he had his reward in his 12th
That wicket, on the stroke of
tea, has given the hosts a timely boost going into the evening session.