An impassive but vital decision by umpire Nigel Llong, which reprieved Aiden Markram, is our Play of the Day.
Markram, the 152-run star of day one of the fourth Test against Australia at the Wanderers was on 129 when Pat Cummins got one to cut in viciously, slamming into Markram’s pads right in front of the off-stump. It looked plum, but Llong was unmoved. Not out.
Wicketkeeper and captain Tim Paine had no hesitation in sending that for a review, as with South Africa 203-2, Australia desperately needed a wicket. Markram, who had just completed his fourth Test century and was looking in complete control, was the prize catch.
The review showed the ball was climbing steeply and missing the stumps. It was a brave and resolutely accurate decision, which freed Markram to continue on to his highest Test score of 152. It dominated the day, despite some questionable bounce, and some sharp turn from Nathan Lyon.
The opening batsman was eventually undone when he tried to steer a delivery from Chadd Sayers to third man, only to guide it to Mitchell Marsh at gully.
His 152 had come off 216 balls, with 17 fours and a six: a strike rate of just over 70.
Markram has now scored four Test centuries and three fifties in 10 matches, a total 963 runs.