Australia close on victory against South Africa

Former South African cricket captain Graeme Smith has called David Warner a fool while adding Nathan Lyon may regret his unnecessary celebration following AB de Villiers’ run out in the Kingsmead Test.

The first Test provided a major talking point on day four when De Villiers was run out by Warner and Lyon without scoring. Warner, Australia’s vice-captain, then unleashed a spray on centurion Aiden Markram, who was involved in the run-out, while Lyon dropped the ball in the direction of De Villiers who was sprawled on the turf in trying to make his ground.

“The Aussies were pretty fired up at that time pushing for a victory,” Smith told cricket.com.au in Durban, where Australia need just one wicket on day five for victory. “But he [Lyon] is an experienced cricketer. I think he’ll probably say it was unnecessary himself. We’ve got used to Davey over the years. I think the less interest you take in him the better. He can be a bit of a fool at times. It’s best just to let him be.”

Australia requires just one wicket to take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series after setting South Africa 417 for victory. The Proteas are 293-9 with Quinton de Kock (81) and Morne Morkel (0) at the crease after youngster Markram stalled Australia’s bid for victory.

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