Morkel: Special feeling to reach 300 Test wickets

AB de Villiers in action during the third day of the third Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town

AB de Villiers in action during the third day of the third Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town

"We have since taken it upon ourselves to beef up our security personnel to ensure that players from both sides don't have to endure such unfortunate behaviour".

Rabada, in trouble for his over-the-top celebrations in the second test, one of them screaming in the face of Warner, behaved himself on day two.

Warner appeared to have a verbal altercation with a spectator as he climbed the steps to the dressing room, briefly stopping to engage in what looked like a heated exchange.

Day three of the third Test also saw police officers and fans clash as Warner was the victim of more spectator abuse. Most of it has concerned players' wives and families and not all of it has been directed at Warner. The man shadowed Warner up the stairs towards the players' viewing area, having made his way from his seat in the Western Province Cricket Club. The pair had overruled CA's request for the masks to be banned at the venue.

A total of 12 fans have been turfed from the Test for offensive behaviour.

Clapping as Warner drew closer, the fan clearly had some choice words to say to the Australian opener which didn't sit kindly with him.

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"It's been disgraceful", Lehmann said. You're talking about abuse of various players and their families and personal abuse. Though it was a stunning innings from Nathan Lyon which kept them in the game who scored 47 off just 38 deliveries.

"You can have your banter, but they have gone too far here".

"There's always going to be banter, as long as it doesn't get personal, but it has gone too far with the crowd here and they've got to be better than that when they're coming to global arenas to watch a game of two quality sides playing against each other", Lehmann said.

De Villiers and Proteas captain Faf du Plessis will continue South Africa's innings in the final session under grey skies at Newlands. "We'll see what happens".

Morne Morkel broke the partnership, celebrating his 300th Test wicket when Marsh threw his bat at a wide delivery and edged the ball to the keeper.

"We can't control that". "There is a bit of alcohol and hot sun and those sorts of things".

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Lehmann added that the Aussies had never experienced abuse of such kind anywhere else in the world.

"The crowd here is always unbelievable". When Elgar played the ball back towards Cummins, the bowler stuck his boot out to stop the ball and his spikes remained on the ball for a few extra seconds before the Cummins walked back. It's always special playing here at Newlands.

"That's not good enough from an Australian crowd point of view either", he said.

Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball.

Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.

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