[caption id="attachment_697072" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-697072" alt="Aiden Markram Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/am11.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Aiden Markram remains unbeaten on 53* Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Aiden-Markram" target="_blank">Aiden Markram</a> made an unbeaten half-century to give <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/South-Africa " target="_blank">South Africa</a> a steady start against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Australia" target="_blank">Australia </a> in the fourth and final Test as action on the field took centre stage after the ball-tampering scandal. South Africa were 88 for 1 at lunch, with Markram on 53 not out, after winning the toss and batting on an overcast morning at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. <p></p> <p></p>In what appeared to be a public commitment to play in a spirit of sportsmanship after a tumultuous week, the teams lined up to shake hands with their opponents after the national anthems, while captains Faf du Plessis and Tim Paine -- named to replace the banned Steven Smith -- had a warm conversation before the toss. <p></p> <p></p>The South African fans could not resist poking fun at the Australians' attempts to alter the condition of the ball during the third Test. One banner in the crowd read: "Sandpaper Special, Only R10 (10 Rand)" The pitch had less green grass than usual, although batting conditions remained challenging, with the fast bowlers gaining swing under the cloud cover. <p></p> <p></p>Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took the only wicket when Dean Elgar was caught at mid-off by new cap Chadd Sayers for 19. Sayers was one of four changes in the Australian team, replacing Mitchell Starc, who was ruled out with a stress fracture of his lower right leg and has also the Indian Premier Leaguie. <p></p> <p></p>The other three changes were imposed because of the bans on Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft imposed by Cricket Australia for their role in the ball-tampering on Saturday. The trio were replaced by Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Peter Handscomb.