SA fans have been disgraceful, says Lehmann: David Warner incident

Selection headache for Faf du Plessis ahead of third Test against Australia

Selection headache for Faf du Plessis ahead of third Test against Australia

Personal abuse directed by Newlands spectators at the Australian side during the third Test has been labelled "disgraceful" by the coach Darren Lehmann, as Cricket South Africa responded to a written complaint from Cricket Australia following taunts they said were largely directed at the partners and families of Steven Smith's team.

His breakthroughs meant South Africa had certainly won both sessions on the second day, after Kagiso Rabada won a brief and breathless battle with David Warner before lunch.

Lyon drove, cut and pulled Australia to within 70 runs of South Africa's first innings total when he fell for 47 - his highest Test score to date.

Kagiso Rabada should have taken center stage on Friday in the match he almost didn't appear in, smashing out David Warner's off stump as South Africa pushed ahead in the crucial third test against Australia.

Lehmann said a number of Australian players were subjected to verbal abuse from fans, including references to players' families.

"You can have banter but they've gone too far".

"I think it's been disgraceful. It's been very personal abuse, about players [and their] families". He had hit each of his previous two deliveries for four, crunching Morkel through long-off before slapping him over point.

The issue was first highlighted when Warner was confronted by a fan and apparently verbally abused as he left the field after being dismissed.

"There have been various incidents throughout the Test series but this one has taken the cake", he said.

But if Rabada's frustration level was rising, having just been dispatched for 22 runs in five balls, he had the last laugh when his next delivery not only jagged from leg to off to beat Warner's defence, but hit the top of off stump and sent it cartwheeling away out of the ground.

Opening batsman Elgar had scored 106 when De Villiers was dismissed and batted with more fluency than usual.

Still, on 266-8 overnight and tottering themselves, the South Africans wouldn't have imagined they'd hold such a solid lead with one wicket to get. This was the 3rd time where Dean Elgar carried the bat in the Test cricket after the 2015 Durban Test against England and the Johannesburg Test against India earlier this year.

Elgar's marathon innings lasted for 434 minutes - the same as South Africa's first essay.

Those two catches, both claimed by Steve Smith, earned Australia's captain a share of the record for the most grabs made by a player other than the wicketkeeper in a test innings.

Although 10 other fielders share the record, Smith was only the second Australia player to achieve the feat after Vic Richardson in 1935-1936.

Cummins added the wickets of South Africa captain Faf du Plessis (5), Temba Bavuma (1) and Quinton de Kock (3) as Australia took six wickets for 46 runs after tea.

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