Talking points as South Africa leave Australia reeling after brilliant second day

Australia will play the fourth Test against South Africa at Wanderers in Johannesburg

South Africa, who lead 2-1 as they aim to secure a first home series victory over Australia since 1970, made an impressive start after winning the toss and electing to bat on a slow pitch.

However, the lead has gone past 400 and South Africa are in total control of this Test match.

The very public fallout has already led to 12-month global and Australian domestic cricket bans for Steve Smith and David Warner, the former deemed to have had knowledge of a plan to alter the condition of the ball allegedly orchestrated by Warner and carried out by Bancroft, who was hit with a nine-month sanction. There was no sympathy from South Africa or the South African fans.

BOWLING: Philander 12-7-17-3, Rabada 9-3-24-1, Morkel 9-2-23-1 (2nb), Maharaj 8-2-35-1.

STAT OF THE DAY: Cummins has now captured 14 wickets at an average of 16.78 at the Wanderers, scene of his unforgettable Test debut in 2011.

Shaun Marsh survived a stumping chance off Keshav Maharaj in the over after Khawaja's dismissal but both Marsh brothers fell before the close to leave Australia with a monumental task over the remaining three days.

South Africa made steady progress throughout the morning, although Dean Elgar's disjointed knock of 19 ended with a skewed lob off Nathan Lyon that Sayers took at mid-off.

Temba Bavuma made 95 not out after he and Quinton de Kock fought their way through a testing early period against a ball that was nearly new in gloomy conditions.

There were no signs of nerves in the 90s for Bavuma when he reverse-swept Lyon for his 13th boundary, but he missed out on three figures when Cummins removed Morne Morkel - playing his last global - first ball.

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Batsmen Peter Handscomb, Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns were returning to the team as a result of the scandal.

Debutant Chadd Sayers ( two for 64) removed AB de Villiers (69) with the new ball and two deliveries later had nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada caught without scoring.

Renshaw was caught behind while Handscomb was bowled off an inside edge as he tried to withdraw his bat from a lifting delivery.

After a build-up dominated by the Australian ball-tampering scandal, Markram's brilliant innings forced the focus to turn back towards cricket.

After an emotional apology form cricket captain Steve Smith Thursday Amla says that the team has great sympathy for the disgraced team.

Warner said: "I have made a decision which I will regret for as long as I live".

Smith, Warner and Bancroft were given long-term bans and were sent home from the tour.

Head coach Darren Lehmann also confirmed he is to step down after this Test in Johannesburg, and the backlash no doubt played a part in what began as a jaded bowling performance.

Smith and Warner were banned from global and domestic cricket for a year and Bancroft was suspended for nine months after the incident during the third Test in Cape Town.

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