Patrick Cummins sledge AB de Villiers after being carted for six

AB de Villiers remained not out on 51 runs off 103 balls

Patrick Cummins of Australia
Patrick Cummins of Australia. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Gallo Images)

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The ongoing series between South Africa and Australia has been marred by controversies, so much so that the quality of cricket on display has been overshadowed. Starting from the opening Test at the Kingsmead in Durban, the series has been a witness to some severe altercations between the cricketing giants. The ongoing Test match has been no different as well.

Cameron Bancroft has hogged the headlines when he was caught on camera, hiding a sharp object inside his pants, which is subjected to have been used for tampering the ball. He has thereafter been severely criticized by cricketers and commoners across the globe. Meanwhile, the Australians have accepted the horrendous crime after the conclusion of the day’s play.

Cummins barges into AB de Villiers

Meanwhile, there was another incident, though not as intimidating as the Bancroft occurrence, which sparked during the post-lunch session. In the third ball of the 35th over, Patrick Cummins was smacked for a stupendous six over the extra-cover region by AB de Villiers. The Aussie pacer dished out a half-tracker wide outside the off-stump which turned out to be easy pickings for the Proteas cricketer.

Subsequently, de Villiers rocked on to the back foot and lofted the ball over the covers with sheer ease. Nevertheless, the shot didn’t please Cummins and he pelted some harsh words towards de Villiers. However, de Villiers looked unruffled by the sledging and he didn’t utter a single word. The Pretoria-born batsman held on to his nerves and notched his 44th half-century in Test cricket.

The fact that he remained not out till the very end is likely to keep the Proteas in good stead ahead of the fourth day’s play. He also got appropriate support from Quinton de Kock, who scorched some boundaries, in the end, to close out the day on a high for the Proteas.

Here’s the video of the sledge