- Stand-in captain Tim
Paine resumed his innings in Australia's first innings on
Sunday morning 5*, and batting with a broken thumb.
With his side in tatters at
110/6, Paine then combined for a 99-run stand with Pat Cummins (50) that almost
got the visitors through to the end of the first session unscathed.
The last man to fall, Paine was
eventually out for 62 as Australia were dismissed for 221 - not a bad effort
given where they were overnight.
With the ghastly week that the
Australians have had to endure, their efforts on Sunday were impressive.
They are still nowhere near
saving the Test match - South Africa lead by 401 with seven second-innings
wickets left - but they were significantly better on Sunday than they were in
the first two days.
In a series where sides have
resorted to verbals and illegal activities to gain an advantage, Paine on
Sunday showed that sometimes all it takes is a bit of grit.
"We were really disappointed
with the way things went yesterday and we spoke about that," the skipper
said at the end of the day.
"Today, to come out and have
a response, I thought we showed spirit and the fight with the bat.
"Then with the discipline
our bowlers showed, I thought we didn’t get the wickets that we perhaps
"But I was really proud at
the way they stuck at it. I thought our fielding energy right through the
innings was excellent. That’s what we’re about."
On his own injury, Paine was
never in any doubt about whether he would carry on.
"Yeah, you want to play,
don’t you?" he said.
"The initial hit hurt and I
was hoping if I gave it 5-10 minutes it might settle down. It hurts a little
bit but as I said I’ve had my fair share of finger injuries, compared to a
couple of them this one isn’t too bad."