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Australia's Warner lets bat do the talking

AFP  |  Port Elizabeth 

Australian opening batsman let his bat do the talking after a week of controversy when he made an unbeaten half-century on the first morning of the second Test against on Friday.

were 98 for one at lunch after winning the toss and in overcast conditions at St George's Park.

Warner, with 50 not out, and (38) battled through a difficult first hour to give a solid start before Bancroft was caught behind off from what proved to be the last ball before the interval.

They could score only 23 runs in 14 overs in the first hour but picked up the scoring, adding 36 runs in the first three overs after the mid-morning drinks break.

Warner, who was fined 75 percent of his match fee after an altercation with South Africa's during the first Test in won by Australia, was watchful at the start as the ball seamed around off a well-grassed but slow pitch.

But Warner batted with typical enterprise as conditions eased, reaching his half-century off 69 balls with eight fours.

Despite suggestions on that Warner could be the target of abuse or derogatory signs from spectators, there was no obvious hostility from the small crowd in

Philander conceded only five runs in a seven-over opening spell before coming back in the last over before lunch to dismiss Bancroft, who edged a ball which seamed away from him.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:45 IST