Australia vs South Africa Third Test: live cricket scores, updates (Day 3 – Perth)

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    Australia v South Africa


    3rd Test - AUS v SAF

    South Africa 1st Inn 225 All Out
    Australia 1st Inn 163 All Out
    South Africa 2nd Inn 569 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 322 All Out
    South Africa won the toss and elected to bat
    South Africa won by 309 runs
    Australia Over:82.5  RR:3.89
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    NM Lyon* 31 43 6 0 72.09
    MA Starc 68 43 9 2 158.14
    South Africa
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    DW Steyn* 22.5 6 72 3 3.15
    VD Philander 21.0 8 41 2 1.95
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    Last Wicket: Lyon, 31 (c:Smith b:Steyn)
    Current Partnership: 87 runs, 75 balls, RR:116.00

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    South Africa took command of the third and final Test at Perth against Australia as their lead swelled to 292 by close on the second day.

    We’ll bring you the live scores and commentary of the action throughout the third Test match, with the day starting at 1:30 pm AEDT (10:30am local) on December 2.

    With eight wickets still standing for South Africa, it looks like they could push their lead to over 400 if they bat out the first one hour or so.

    Hashim Amla ended the day unbeaten on 99 from only 84 balls. His partnership with his captain Graeme Smith yielded 178 runs for the second wicket, punishing their hosts further after their first innings lead.

    Smith was out to a fine catch, but Jacques Kallis was missed early and went on to finish the day 17 not-out.

    The track showed no signs of treacherousness that had seen South Africa get bowled out for 225 on the first day before dismissing Australia for 163.

    Dale Steyn was the obvious star of the bowling show, roaring back into form with a four-wicket haul after having little joy in this series earlier.

    The Australian top-order fell away quickly raising comparisons with their performance at Cape Town last year but Matthew Wade’s timely half-century saved them the blushes.

    Later, Robin Peterson ran through the lower-order to pick up three wickets and help South Africa achieve a lead of 62 runs.

    A lot was expected out of the Australian new ball bowlers given how the batsmen have struggled when the ball has had a pronounced seam.

    That they got only one wicket, of Petersen, by the time the shine had gone, was as much a testimony to how well the South Africans batted as it was to the pedestrian nature of the Australian bowling.

    Michael Clarke seemingly missed Peter Siddle and co. in the third session on Saturday and will need Starc, Johnson and Hastings to deliver some early blows on the third day to redeem something from what seems to be a hopeless situation.

    We will bring you the coverage throughout the game from the WACA in Perth and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.

    Keep updated by reviewing the comments below.

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    • Roar Rookie

      Neuen said | 4:08am | ! Report

      632 for victory. Track might be flat but its going to break up and Steyn is getting swing. If he gets the reverse going like in India it could spell big trouble.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:05pm | ! Report

      Right then, Australia have passed the first hurdle, survived the small session without the loss of any wickets. Chasing 632 for a win, they have gathered 40 runs in the 13 overs with Warner being the obvious aggressor. Cowan, who had a duck in the first innings, gets to nine from 46 balls.

      As shown in the South African innings, it is still a flat track and the bowlers’ only hope for now is for the track to deteriorate a little and get a little up and down. That, and obviously the fact that the Aussies will need long powers of concentration to come out of this one unscathed.

      Suneer Chowdhary here, signing off and will be back tomorrow with the fourth day’s play!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:00pm | ! Report

      The field has now come up – three slips, gully, short cover, leg gully for Cowan. Why wouldn’t you have such and more attacking fields with 600 runs to play with is beyond me.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:58pm | ! Report

      Nearing the end of the day’s play now, with Australia having gotten themselves to 0/38.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:54pm | ! Report

      Short of length and Warner whips it across his hips for a four!

      It was more of a short-arm jab and Warner gets it to in front of the deep square-leg fielder for a boundary.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:53pm | ! Report

      Dale Steyn is back on to replace Vernon Philander. Australia smoothly moved on to 0/34 in 11 overs.

      About eight more minutes of play remaining here.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:46pm | ! Report

      Ed Cowan’s pulled away with the bowler just about to release the ball, for the second time this innings…much to the chagrin of the Saffers fielders. They let him know what they feel of this and an exasperated Cowan calls for a fly spray.

      0/28 in 10.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:39pm | ! Report

      Ouch, Morkel takes a tumble in his follow-through

      And unlike the other times when Morkel just tumbles on his follow-through, this is more serious than the others – he twisted his ankle after landing on the front crease and went down. It looked awfully painful but he is on his feet now.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 8:37pm | ! Report

      Morne Morkel has come on to replace Steyn.

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