PERTH — South Africa dominated play on Sunday with a ruthless batting assault on the Australian attack as they scored 569 and set the hosts a winning target of 632 in the third test at the Waca in Perth.
Report by Reuters
The Australians survived a potentially tricky period of 14 overs by moving steadily to 40 without loss at stumps yesterday after South Africa were dismissed for 569 an hour and a half after tea.
The day belonged to the batting pair of Hashim Amla, who scored 196, the best ever by a South African in a test at the Waca and AB de Villiers.
De Villiers celebrated his first century as a wicketkeeper-batsman by smashing a stylish 169 after a relatively lean trot in England and during the first two tests against Australia.
David Warner and Ed Cowan defied the Proteas attack in the final hour. Warner moved to 29 with five fours. Cowan was in survival mould as he scored nine.
Both Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander bowled well. Steyn operated with pace and excellent rhythm.
South Africa has some work to do today as the pitch is flat and there is not much swing on offer.
But Australia must win the third test to replace South Africa at the summit of the test rankings and will be under pressure to perform a batting miracle.