Josh Hazlewood claimed the final wicket to deliver the Aussies victory.
Josh Hazlewood claimed the final wicket to deliver the Aussies victory.

Ugly incidents steal first Test shine

AUSTRALIA has claimed victory in the opening Test after Josh Hazlewood claimed the last remaining wicket of Quinton de Kock in only the fourth over of the day.

In what was a rather dull and noneventful final day of the match, the series is teetering on the edge after a hotly-contested opening Test.

Tensions boiled over on day four as Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and David Warner all let rip at the locals with verbal barrages.

And with only three day's rest until the second Test of the series gets underway, you won't want to miss a moment of the action.

Here were the major talking points from the first Test.

LYON CHARGED OVER DE VILLIERS INCIDENT

 

Lyon has since apologised for this moment.
Lyon has since apologised for this moment.

One of two major incidents that stole the limelight from the match result in the opening Test involved spin king Nathan Lyon and superstar batsman AB de Villiers.

Lyon removed de Villiers after he was caught short of his crease and it was as he lay on the turf that the incident occurred.

As the Australians celebrated the big wicket, Lyon looked down at de Villiers before dropping the ball on him.

While the incident wasn't initially picked up by the umpires, it quickly became a hot topic on social media and found its way to the match referee.

Prior to the final day's play getting underway, an official result was handed down.

A level-one charge of conduct contrary to the spirit of cricket was given to Lyon, meaning he faces losing 50 per cent of his match fee and could be handed two demerit points. Four points means missing a Test match.

Lyon contacted de Villiers on Sunday night to apologise, telling the veteran there was no malice intended. The pair appeared to be on good terms on day five, before the start of play at Kingsmead.

The offspinner accepted the charge meaning there will be no hearing.

MARKRAM A STAR OF THE FUTURE

South Africa had their backs against the wall when their second innings got underway during the first sessions of day four.

And just like in the team's first innings, opener Aiden Markram sat at the non-strikers end and watched as his teammates fell cheaply to the Australian attack.

In only his 12th Test innings, Markram showed the poise of a savvy veteran as he withstood a collapse to deliver when his team needed it the most.

Aiden Markram continually picked off the Australian attack.
Aiden Markram continually picked off the Australian attack.

The impressive 23-year-old delivered a remarkable knock of 143 and even helped swing the momentum in favour of the locals on day four.

It was his third Test century from only seven games and also includes two scores both in the nineties.

Despite the enormous mountain the South Africans faced, with Markram sticking around at the crease it made for some tense times for the Australians.

His ability to stand up against the early onslaught gave the locals hope for the remainder of the series and Markram will be at the forefront of trying to guide his side over the early 1-0 deficit.

BANCROFT SAVES HIS SPOT WITH FIFTY

After scoring 82 in the second innings of the Brisbane Test against England in the Ashes, Cameron Bancroft's next six innings consisted of 10, 4, 25, 26, 27 and 0.

Entering the series in South Africa, it was a bit of all or nothing for Bancroft and unfortunately, his first innings went by the wayside.

The low point arguably came in the first innings of the ongoing Test against South Africa at Kingsmead, where he shuffled outside the off stump and was caught behind for five.

The 25-year-old's next dig was far more impressive. He copped two painful blows, stroked 10 boundaries and spent two hours at the crease in a brisk start that put Australia on track for victory.

"Cricket is one of those games where it can be not very rewarding at the best of times," Bancroft told reporters.

Bancroft’s innings saves his spot in the side.
Bancroft’s innings saves his spot in the side.

"I feel like I've been improving and doing a lot of very good things ... sometimes they aren't necessarily recognised out in the middle."

The West Australian had mixed emotions about the innings on a tricky pitch that shored up his place in the Test XI.

"I sit here and I'm bitterly disappointed I didn't go on to make a really big hundred," Bancroft said.

"But it's certainly nice to contribute to the team and make some runs. I will certainly take that with a lot of confidence. It's very pleasing."

AUSTRALIA STILL STUCK IN A SPIN

The pitch in Kingsmead was a major talking point heading into the opening Test as Australia was met with a rather dull and flat wicket.

It was expected to take away the advantage of the Australian pace attack, but Mitchell Starc still played chief destroyer.

Sadly the issues for the Aussies didn't come with the ball, but with the bat in hand.

Australia has traditionally had headaches dealing with left-arm tweakers and sadly for the visitors, that trend has continued.

Keshav Maharaj was South Africa's wrecking ball in the opening Test as he ended the game with figures of 9/225.

Maharah skittles the stumps of Mitchell Starc.
Maharah skittles the stumps of Mitchell Starc.

The next best bowler for the locals was Kagiso Rabada who claimed only four wickets.

Australia's struggles against quality spin was also in the spotlight.

Maharaj claimed his first-ever tally of nine wickets in a match and he'll be hoping the rest of his bowling teammates can come to the party and help curtail the potent Australian batting attack.

WARNER, DE KOCK HALLWAY FRACAS

David Warner's stunning teatime rampage in Durban was sparked by an alleged comment about his wife Candice from South African rival Quinton de Kock.

Relations between the Australian and South African teams have become incredibly strained once again.

It comes after dramatic footage emerged on Monday of Warner being restrained by teammates in an off-field confrontation with de Kock during the first Test.

There are multiple moments where Aussie batsman Usman Khawaja is forced to restrain the notoriously hot-headed opener from marching at de Kock.

The dramatic moment between Warner and de Kock.
The dramatic moment between Warner and de Kock.

The video ends with Warner being held back by Khawaja, Steve Smith, Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon as de Kock walks through the Aussie team, presumably on his way to the South African dressing room.

Warner eventually continues on to the Aussie dressing room after giving de Kock a final spray.

It also shows multiple Aussie players looking back at Warner with nervous, concerned expressions as the situation threatened to boil over.



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