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Australia target 612 runs to Win Fourth Test against South Africa

Australia’s Matt Renshaw ducks a bouncer before being out against South Africa

South Africa 488 (Markram 152) & 344 - 6dec ( Elgar 81, du Plessis 120) v

Australia 221 (Khawaja 53, Paine 62, Cummins 50) & 88-3

Fourth Test, Johannesburg, day four

South Africa (du Plessis & Elgar) batted this Test into a draw at best for Australia and so with it, a home series win against Australia, for South Africa, for the first time since 1970. Du Plessis batted on and on, at the Wanderers, leaving Australia trailing by 611 runs, when he finally declared, and an enormous 612 run target for Australia to win the Test.

Earlier, Elgar (81) had set the scene, in the morning session, by not scoring a run until the 11th over of the day. However, du Plessis posted the 8th century of his career and put his team into an unassailable position on the fourth day. His century came on the 163 ball he faced and he made the declaration, at the tea break, with Bavuma 35 not out and Philander 33 not out and South Africa 344-6.

Australia then opened up their 2nd Innings losing Renshaw (5) and Khawaja (7) by the 18th over and Joe Burns (42) in the 25th over. Handscombe and SE Marsh took the score to 88-3 , at stumps, on the fourth day – leaving a massive deficit of 524 runs with 7 wickets remaining.

South Africa are firm favourites to win this match now, and with it an historic Test Series win against Australia, even though this Series will probably not be remembered for that but for all the wrong reasons #sandpapergate

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