[caption id="attachment_688121" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-688121" alt="Pat Cummins Getty Images " src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Cummins-GI.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Pat Cummins Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Pat-Cummins" target="_blank">Pat Cummins</a> led a spirited lower-order batting performance to earn the touring Australians a 109-run first-innings lead on the second day of a three-day match against South Africa A at Willowmoore Park on Friday. Cummins, batting at number eight, made an unbeaten 59 to carry the Australians to a total of 329 in reply to South Africa A's 220. The hosts were 55 for no wicket in their second innings when bad light ended play early. <p></p> <p></p>Head coach Darren Lehmann, who joined the tour on Thursday afternoon after overseeing Australia's Twenty20 team in a triangular series in New Zealand, watched a patchy batting performance in the only warm-up match before the first Test starting in Durban on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>Opener Cameron Bancroft, who laboured for more than three hours to score 45, was the only one of the first seven batsmen to reach 30. Five top-order batsmen were dismissed in the twenties. <p></p> <p></p>Cummins, who took four for 32 in South Africa's first innings on Thursday, hit 11 fours in a 95-ball innings. The tourists lost their eighth wicket on 225, only five runs ahead, before Cummins shared a rapid ninth-wicket stand of 64 with Nathan Lyon (38) and a tenth wicket partnership of 40 with Josh Hazlewood (26). <p></p> <p></p>Cummins and Lyon attacked the home team's spin bowlers in the ten overs before the second new ball was taken. Left-arm opening bowler Beuran Hendricks took five for 83 for South Africa A.