Smith wins toss, Australia bat in second Test against South Africa

Smith wins toss, Australia bat in second Test against South Africa

Rabada took the wicket of Smith lbw for 25 after lunch on day one of the second Test but made contact with the dismissed batsman as he wheeled off roaring in celebration.

Team Australia is now travelling South Africa where they are in the Test schedule there.

Even though Elgar and Amla put on 88 for South Africa for the third wicket, that stand took almost 3 1/2 hours and 278 balls.

One of the elements that livened up a slow day out in the middle, the brass band that has been a popular fixture at St George's Park for two decades, was asked to stop playing by umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Sundaram Ravi. The Australians pushed hard to break it, and the two South Africans responded with determined defence to stay out there.

Amla had some luck, given out twice leg before wicket, only to have both decisions overturned on review - the first because he got outside the line to a Cummins delivery and the second due to a massive inside edge off Josh Hazlewood.

The incident follows a fractious first Test that saw David Warner and Quinton de Kock charged by the ICC for a confrontation on the stairs in Durban, while Nathan Lyon was fined for his "drop ball" send-off to AB de Villiers.

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"Today was a tough day of test cricket and those people who are test-match lovers would appreciate the skill of the bowling and, especially when AB was batting toward the end, the skill of the batting", Amla sad. And two South African cricket officials face internal disciplinary procedures after they were photographed smiling with a group of fans who were wearing masks aimed at taunting Australia vice-captain Warner and his wife, who is with him on tour.

"The wicket felt like it had a little bit in it all day and they batted especially well in the second session".

However a sublime knock from AB de Villiers put South Africa ahead by 20 runs at stumps.

For South Africa Kagiso Rabada destroyed Australia innings by taking five wickets so far.

Having bravely elected to bat in overcast conditions on a pitch with a healthy grass cover at St George's Park, the tourists managed just 23 runs in the first 14 overs as the home bowlers found prodigious movement. The hearing will take place on Sunday.

David Warner and Quinton de Kock's staircase stoush at Kingsmead has strained relations between the rivals this week.

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