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As second-highest run-scorer only behind Markram, de Villiers has been a familiar thorn in the side of Australia throughout this series, and he continued to look comfortable, reaching another half-century in a stand of 52 with Temba Bavuma before a late Aussie fightback.

"Watching Steven, Cameron and now David do it, it is quite upsetting for some of the guys and it's something they are trying to blank out and get on with what we are doing now", he said.

But‚ he went on to prove doubters wrong with a defiant 94 on the first day of the second test against India at SuperSport Park in January‚ and he has now scored two centuries against Australia in this series.

Only four days before Queensland opening pair Matthew Renshaw (8) and Joe Burns (4) had been facing the likes of Jackson Bird, Andrew Fekete and Sam Rainbird in the Sheffield Shield final at Brisbane's Allan Border Field.

In response, Australia looked crippled at 6-110, with only Usman Khawaja (53) offering genuine resistence to the hosts' pace and spin attack.

South African captain Faf du Plessis and new Australian skipper Tim Paine had a friendly chat before the toss and in an unusual move players of both teams lined up to exchange handshakes after the national anthems.

Faf du Plessis adding 34 runs to the total, South Africa had reached 134 for three, giving them an overall lead of 401 runs.

And Morkel duly fended a Cummins short ball to Peter Handscomb at second slip to be out for a golden duck, to end South Africa's innings on 488 and leave Bavuma stranded on 95 not out.

Tail-ender Keshav Maharaj thumped 45 from 51 balls but swiped at a wide delivery to be caught by wicketkeeper Paine as Bavuma was approaching his hundred.

Morne Morkel lasted just one ball as Bavuma threw his head towards the sky in disbelief. "He did throw some profanities".

"As I said it's going to take a long time to earn that respect back from the Australian public". "You nearly had to give him the shoulder to cry on".

On Friday, before play started on the first day, Paine asked the South Africans if they'd like to shake hands ahead of the game - not a common practice in cricket. However, just when it was perceived that he had the measure of the Proteas bowling, Philander got rid of him to further dent Australia's chances of a comeback.

Khawaja offered a ray of hope, playing well until his leg glance was brilliantly caught by stump-hugging de Kock off Vernon Philander, who finished with 3-17.

The gloveman moving up to the stumps to tie Shaun Marsh and Khawaja down.

Cummins was eventually dismissed for exactly 50 when he was trapped lbw by spinner Keshav Maharaj.

Mitch Marsh dragged on an expansive drive to be castled for four before his older brother Shaun was caught at first slip off the bowling of Maharaj to fall for 16.

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