Thumbs up for injured Paine

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"I've been watching soccer", he said.

Paine was handed the captaincy after Steve Smith was banned following his involvement in the ball tampering scandal during the third Test in Cape Town.

Tim Paine's broken thumb has added injury to Australian cricket's indignity, with the courageous captain hurting the same right hand that once threatened to end his career.

Paine suffered a hairline fracture when he was hit while keeping up to stumps to Chadd Sayers, having misread a delivery that reared off the deck and beat the outside edge of Quinton de Kock's bat, cricket.com.au confirmed. "It's okay", he said.

"It's got a little crack in it", Paine said.

The home side also ended the day with a fitness worry as the seamer Morné Morkel, playing in his final Test before retirement from worldwide cricket, was forced from the field with a muscle strain, though he did return to the pitch after the interval. Elgar scored 39 from 158 balls in South Africa's second innings, as his side look to build an unassailable lead with two full days remaining at the Wanderers.

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"I don't think it's the right thing Smith and Warner should be stood down during the match", Warne said in commentary. Thus, prior to the start of play and just after the completion of the national anthems of both sides, Tim Paine and the rest of his Australian side went ahead and walked past the Proteas in a bid to shake their hands, something that he was lauded for and depicting a hallmark of his sportsmanship.

Cummins hit six fours and a solitary six before he was gone for an even 50, eventually given out lbw trying to sweep spinner Keshav Maharaj (3-92) after the home side made good use of the review system. "This tour he has been superb, he was fantastic in the Ashes as well". Beakley and team doctor Richard Saw again went out on the field during the drinks break to check on Paine.

Maharaj said he thought Morkel would be fit but acknowledged that he could have to bowl a large number of overs in the second innings to support fast men Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada.

"We're still the Australian cricket team and we're expected to put up a better effort than we did".

"We are happy to do that and I actually think it suits this group of players, we are a different group than Australia have had for a long time".

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