South African fans utilise SBW masks to taunt Australia's David Warner

AB de Villiers

Cricket South Africa said Rabada, who devastated the Australian batting order on the first day of the second Test on Friday, has been charged with a level two offence following an incident with Australian captain Steve Smith.

THE Proteas and the Australian cricket team may have agreed to a ceasefire ahead of the second Test match in Port Elizabeth - but fans at St George's Park clearly didn't get the memo. They were saved from a worse fate when Tim Paine made 36 and put on 61 with Australia's last two batsmen.

Amla was out for 56, opener Dean Elgar followed next over for 57, and allrounder Mitchell Marsh picked up two wickets as Australia's bowlers went on a run of four wickets for 28 runs after tea.

Australia batted first in that Test, when a wild swing from Warner in the opening over kick-started unmitigated chaos that led to an overhaul of Smith's XI and Rod Marsh's resignation. That replicated Australia's first innings, when the tourists were 161-3 and 243 all out in a similar late slide.

An uncharacteristically quiet David Warner and Cam Bancroft initially blunted the South African attack, before accelerating towards the end of the first session, as the ball started to lose its shine.

Amla was twice given out lbw and twice overturned the decision using video review, surviving on 7 and 40.

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It was a result that maintained Australia's long-standing Test dominance on South African soil but was overshadowed by spats both on and off the field that have left the participation of Australian vice-captain David Warner in doubt.

Faf du Plessis (captain), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.

So, they have started the competition by playing a warm up match against South Africa A where Australia won by 5 wickets.

Rabada was charged on Saturday morning by match officials for misconduct after the shoulder bump on Smith, and faces a two-test ban if found guilty of deliberate physical contact.

Warner and Cameron Bancroft saw off the new ball, scoring 18 runs from the first 13 overs as deliveries routinely beat the bat, amid stifled laughter and gasps of disbelief from the slips cordon.

When spinner Nathan Lyon (1/29) bowled Quinton de Kock (9), South Africa still trailed by 16 runs with three wickets remaining, but De Villiers continued to play positive cricket as he looked supremely comfortable at the crease, in stark contrast to just about every other batsman in the game. The hearing will take place on Sunday.

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