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Warner makes 63 but Australia slips to 170-6 in 2nd Test

AP  |  Port Elizabeth 

Under scrutiny following that unsavoury incident in the first game, made a half-century but slipped in the second session against to go to tea on 170-6 on day one of the second Test here today.

Warner was out for 63 as came back with five wickets in the afternoon following a solid opening session for the tourists.

Fast bowler was responsible for that big comeback, taking three wickets in the space of two overs just before tea.

Rabada also may have further stoked the lingering animosity between the teams after appearing to intentionally bump into Steve Smith in his follow-through after dismissing the

Warner and put on 98 for the first wicket after chose to bat first in


Bancroft fell on the brink of lunch for 38. (4), Warner, Smith (25), (24) and (4) were out after lunch to turn the tide in South Africa's favor.

Rabada returned 3-67 with that deadly late spell and had 2-13.

Australia vice-Warner was the centre of attention in the series opener in after his ugly confrontation with wicketkeeper on a staircase leading to the teams' dressing rooms. Both received fines and disciplinary sanctions from the International Council. Australia won by 118 runs for an early lead in the four-test series.

Warner was back in the spotlight on the first day at St. George's Park, coming through a tricky opening spell when the tourists scored just 18 runs in the first 13 overs. Australia won the toss and chose to bat.

They picked off the runs after that measured start, with Warner accelerating by hitting nine fours.

South Africa made an important breakthrough when Warner, who looked in good touch, was bowled by to follow Khawaja back to the dressing rooms after lunch.

Smith and put on 44 before Rabada roared back late in the second session.

He had Smith and out lbw, with both failing with reviews, and was caught behind by de Kock attempting an expansive drive at an inopportune moment just before the tea break.

Rabada took those three wickets in the space of six balls.

The atmosphere was subdued at the start of the second test but the fallout from and the Warner-de Kock affair continued, with Australia chief executive releasing a statement before play started reminding the Australian players they needed to behave. Match referee also called the captains and managers to a meeting on the eve of the test in an attempt to calm the situation.

Warner's and de Kock's confrontation wasn't the only heated moment in the opening Test, which was characterized by on-field verbal exchanges between the teams.

For Port Elizabeth, Australia retained the same team that won in while South Africa made one change, bringing in fast bowler for Morne Morkel.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 19:05 IST
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