Dean Elgar helps South Africa steam into formidable lead over Australia

Australia's 46th Test captain agreed to take painkillers before Beakley cleared him to stay on.

Australia captain Tim Paine hailed his side's effort and fight as they rose from the malaise of their ball-tampering scandal to find a competitive edge on the third day of the fourth test against South Africa at the Wanderers.

Australia are still in trouble as they still trail by 287 runs on the first innings, but have slowed the victory charge of the home side who seek a first home test series win over the tourists in nearly 50 years.

Paine (47 not out) and Pat Cummins (50), who reached a maiden test half-century, put on 99 for the seventh wicket before the latter was out leg before wicket to spinner Keshav Maharaj 10 minutes before the interval.

"It's something we'll probably do going forward".

The series, which South Africa lead 2-1, has been played against a backdrop of unrest, controversy and needle between the players. I was proud of the way they stuck at it. I thought our fielding energy right through the innings was excellent.

After admitting to ball-tampering, Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner have stepped down as captain and vice-captain, respectively, for the ongoing third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

The Proteas have compounded a miserable week for Australia, dominated by the ball-tampering scandal, by seizing control of the Test in Johannesburg.

'We've got to be more respectful of the game of cricket and at times we've tended to push the boundaries as far as we possibly could, ' he said.

"Now we have to let today go and focus on tomorrow, and try and do things better again and keep improving". While keeping wickets, Paine suffered a hairline fracture on his right thumb.

Paine added there was a lot of sympathy within the team for the three players sent home and that Smith's emotional press conference in Sydney on Thursday, when the former skipper repeatedly broke down in tears as he apologised for his actions, had been hard to watch.

"The decision made by the leadership group of the Australian team to act in this way is clearly contrary to the spirit of the game, risks causing significant damage to the integrity of the match, the players and the sport itself and is therefore "serious" in nature", Richardson said. "It hurts a little bit, but I've had my fair share of finger injuries and compared to a couple of them, this one is not too bad".

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