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Australia won by 245 runs
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Match played at Newlands, Cape Town, on 1 - 5 Mar 2014
Australia in SA

As it happened: SA v Oz Day 1

2014-03-01 17:30
Last Updated at 06:44
 OZ ARE 331/3 AFTER 88 OVERS

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Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert

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BATSMEN IN : - Michael Clarke 92*, Steve Smith 50*

BATSMEN OUT : - Chris Rogers 25, Alex Doolan 20, David Warner 135

18:01 - THAT'S STUMPS FOR DAY 1! Definitely Australia's day this one, with the Proteas woes further worsened after losing Dale Steyn to an apparent hamstring injury midway through the second session.

Join us again at 10:30 tomorrow morning for some more commentary...


17:57 - FOUR! Flashy square drive from Clarke as Philander errs in length yet again. Clarke into the nineties now...


17:56 - 50-UP for Smith! Smith brings up his sixth Test fifty with a sweetly timed lob over the slips after yet another short delivery from Morkel.


17:54 - Morkel bangs in another short one after play resumes, but Clarke was waiting for it and pushes it to the covers and runs through for a quick single.


17:50 - Morkel, now operating from around the wicket, wraps Clarke on the gloves, hitting his right thumb as he only succeeds in fending it down to gully, but the Australian skipper needs some attention and not for the first time today...


17:45 - The new ball has brought it's fair share of excitement as expected, but not in the way of wickets as 24 runs have been scored in the first three overs since its introduction.


17:43 - HALF-CHANCE! Clarke lobs a Morkel short ball to deep square leg, where a desperate Robin Peterson dives short of the bouncing ball.


17:42 - FOUR! Short and wide from Morkel, Clarke's been in long enough to punish it.


17:40 - FOUR! Morkel's first delivery of the 85th over drops short and gets the treatment from Clarke.


17:39 - FOUR! Philander strays onto Smith's pads and the young Australian makes no mistake by sending the final delivery of the 84th over to the ropes.


17:38 - FOUR! A bit shorter from Philander, but Smith's thick outside edge beats his namesake at gully as he moves into the forties.


17:36 - 300-up for Australia! Big Vern's first ball with the new rock from the Wynberg end is dispatched to the boundary as he overpitches a delivery which swung quite a bit.


17:35 - Tidy over from Morkel, who got the ball to shape away from Clarke somewhat, but without any real threat to the skipper's wickets.


17:30 - Morne Morkel comes back into the attack as he is given the first bite of the new cherry....huge moment this...considering the heat Morkel has been serving up all day and the Proteas are in dire need of a breakthrough.


17:30 - NEW BALL TAKEN!


17:29 - As that is said, Morkel seems to have heeded to the captain's call to limber up.


17:27 - No sign of Big Vern or Morkel warming up. Elgar continues from the Wynberg end.


17:25 - Smith has not opted to take the new ball immediately as Duminy continues.


17:24 - New ball now available!


17:23 - Quick work by De Villiers behind the stumps as Elgar pushes one down Smith's leg side, but the Australian clearly had his back foot rooted to the crease at all times.


17:19 - Spin from both ends now as Smith looks to protect his fast bowlers even further in preparation for the new ball, Duminy returns to the attack.


17:16 - Another maiden over from Abbott as the Proteas edge closer to that new cherry they so desperately are in need of...


17:11 - SIX! Smith is on the attack now as he hoists Elgar into the sight screen for the maximum.


17:08 - FOUR! Smith dispatches Abbott to the boundary after the Dolphins seamer strays onto his pads to bring an end to the 75th over.


17:03 - Clarke thought about taking on Morne Morkel at deep long-on, but decided against it as Elgar drops the final delivery of his over a tad shorter to concede a single.


16:59 - Former Australian great Shane Warne looking comfortable in the dressing room as if he never left. He is with the team in an advisory capacity for the final Test in Cape Town.


16:53 - Maiden over from Abbott.


16:49 - Smith rotating his bowlers accordingly to account for Steyn's absence. Abbot on now, replacing Morkel from the Kelvin Grove end.


16:47 - That's four of Elgar's over as drinks are served, with a mere 10 overs left until the Proteas can take the new ball.


16:44 - Dean Elgar back into the attack, replacing Duminy from the Wynberg end.


16:41 - Big lbw appeal by Morkel against Smith. But given not out. Rightly so. Way too high.


16:39 - PICTURE

FIFTY for Michael Clarke. One of the toughest he'll ever make. #SAvAUS  - FOX SPORTS Cricket


16:37 - Also 250 up for the visitors, coming off 406 balls.


16:36 - HALF-CENTURY for Clarke. His 28th Test 50. It had to come. He's too talented a player to go more than 12 innings without a substantial score.


16:35 - The Australian run-rate has gone down in the last while, but is still at a healthy 3.61 per over.


16:30 - TWEET

Ray Jennings is a tough coach but even he can't control his emotions. What an amazing effort by him and his U19s! #U19CWC - Kass Naidoo


16:22 - SA U-19s ARE WORLD CHAMPS!!!

The South African Under-19s are world champions after beating Pakistan by six wickets in the Under-19 World Cup final in Dubai.

Chasing 132 for victory, the South Africans reached 134/4 in 42.1 overs.

Well done lads!

CLICK HERE for a full scorecard.


16:19 - Clarke gets three runs off the Morkel over. He handled him with much more aplomb this time round.


16:15 - Morkel is back on. Time for some more ferocity...  


16:11 - PICTURE

STRIKING AT THE RIGHT TIME... JP Duminy (Gallo Images)



16:07 - Clarke solidly plays Abbott off the back foot for four to move into the 30s. Finding his groove now after surviving an earlier onslaught from Morkel.


16:00 - Commentators questioning why Warner did not want to walk straight away after edging it. He asked his skipper's advice first. Clarke then told him to walk.

Warner is a top batsman no doubt, but NOT a top bloke...


15:58 - Smith survives a moment of madness when the steps down the pitch to Duminy. He gets a top edge but it goes over the inner ring and bounces safe...


15:57 - Amazing how often Duminy can strike at the right time. Almost Eddie Barlow-like?


15:56 - Steve Smith is the next batsman in.


15:54 - WICKET! Duminy has answered my call. He gets Warner for 135, caught by De Villiers who almost fumbled it but took it on the second attempt! Australia 217/3.


15:53 - Duminy now on to try weave some magic...


15:47 - Next ball, Warner rubs salts into SA's wounds by smacking Elgar for six on the leg side. That flew into the Railway Stand!


15:46 - MISSED CHANCE

Smith misses a chance at first slip when Clarke edges Elgar. He completely missed that but must go down as a drooped chance...


15:42 - DID YOU KNOW?

This is now the first time in 12 Test innings that Michael Clarke has gone past 25!


15:37 - 200 up  for Australia, coming off 319 balls.


15:32 - Philander will start the final session.


15:32 - Steyn still off the field...


15:30 - Welcome back for the final session. Unless South Africa claim a few wickets in this session, they'll face the risk of being batted out of the game...


15:12 - TEA ON DAY 1: Australia 195/2

Again Australia's session having lost only one wicket, but South Africa did at least bring the run rate down. It is 3.75 per over now.

The Proteas must hope Dale Steyn's injury is not serious enough to keep him sidelined... otherwise it will be hard toil to get a sniff in this match!

Join us again in about 20 minutes for some more commentary....


15:05 - Philander now back into the attack, which means Clarke has survived that brutal Morkel spell.  


15:03 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Clarke and Warner, coming off 118 balls.


14:57 - TWEET

And after watching this little period test cricket at its best, can't figure how people still want more T20s! - Craig Ray


14:46 - Ferocious bowling from Morkel. Clarke had no clue there.

The Newlands crowd has come alive! Test cricket at its best.


14:45 - PICTURE

Ouch! #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket


14:42 - Morkel hits Clarke again. It comes off his gloves but bounces in no-man's land...


14:42 - Clarke is back up, fights on...


14:41 - Clarke is down now after being struck on the helmet by Morkel... Went off his shoulder and into his face area...


15:37 - PICTURE

That's a serious bruise. Ouch! #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket


14:37 - INJURY UPDATES

Dale Steyn is off with a right hamstring strain and is receiving treatment from the physio. Good news is no scan is required.

Aussie skipper Clarke is also struggling with a seriously bruised arm.


14:26 - Robin Peterson is on the field for Steyn.


14:26 - Slow left-armer Dean Elgar is now on.


14:21 - STEYN WORRY FOR PROTEAS

Steyn again leaves the field. Holding his right leg while limping up the stairs...


14:19 - The good thing for South Africa is that the Aussie run-rate is only 2.86 in this session, although their overall rate is still a healthy 3.95.


14:18 - PICTURE

"Thank you, cricket Gods". #SAvAU - FOX SPORTS Cricket


14:17 - CENTURY for Warner, off just 104 balls. His seventh Test century.

A clinical innings from Warner. No chances given this time...


14:14 - Abbott continues from the Wynberg end.


14:10 - It's drinks in the afternoon session at Newlands and the Aussies are 154-2.


14:08 - PICTURE: 

Warner survives - FOX SPORTS Cricket


14:07 - SNICKO shows the ball had hit Warner's thigh pad. The decision stands.


14:07 - Given not out. Proteas review the decision...


14:06 - Massive caught behind appeal against Warner... Steyn is the bowler, De Villiers thinks he caught it down leg side...


13:58 - 150 up for Australia, coming off 218 balls. Run-rate 4.12.


13:52 - Abbott now on from the Wynberg end.


13:47 - Steyn can come back on now... He bowls from the Kelvin Grove end to Warner on 90.


13:45 - TWEET

SA conceding boundaries all too glibly. Not a great way to build pressure - Rob Houwing


13:38 - Oh wait, Steyn is not allowed to bowl because he had been off for five minutes. He has to wait a while, as Duminy comes back on.

Correct decision though. Rules are rules!


13:37 - Steyn, who has since come back on, is back bowling as well...


13:36 - That was a poor shot from Doolan though. If I was his coach, I'd be rather upset...


13:35 - Australian skipper Michael Clarke is next in.


13:33 - WICKET! Doolan plays a rash shot and is caught a wide mid-on by Steyn off the bowling of Philander.

He is out for 20. Tried a pull shot and got a top edge!

Australia 138/2.


13:31 - Warner is continuing where he left off before lunch. Fast closing in on his century...


13:29 - Dale Steyn is currently off the field. It's still uncertain what the problem is...


13:18 - PICTURE

View from the Railway Stand - (Sport24 fan Wicus Steenkamp)


13:17 - Some excitement as Philander beats the outside edge of Doolan... close, but no cigar!


13:14 - Philander bowls the second over after lunch.


13:12 - UNDER-19 WORLD CUP FINAL UPDATE

The SA U-19s are playing Pakistan in the final in Dubai.

Pakistan have been bowled out for 131. A great chance for a South African side to win a World Cup!

CLICK HERE for a live scorecard on the game...


13:10 - Abbott will start proceedings. He bowls to Warner.


13:09 - Welcome back for the afternoon session.

A session of vital importance. The Proteas must get rid of Warner, who is batting at more than a run a ball...

His 75 off 73 balls is great for one-day cricket.


13:01 - PICTURE

Fans on the field during the lunch break... - Liam Brickhill


12:31 - LUNCH ON DAY 1: Australia 118/1 after 26 overs.

That was a great toss to win on a good batting wicket. Hard work ahead for South Africa's bowlers in the afternoon session.

Join us in about 40 minutes for more commentary...


12:31 - No luck in the final over for Morkel.


12:27 - Morkel to bowl the final over before lunch.


12:24 - 50 PARTNERSHIP between Warner and Doolan, coming off 67 balls.


12:22 - Some of the commentators are describing this pitch as looking more like a Day 2 pitch... No doubt the best time to bat right now it seems.


12:18 - Morkel now back on. Can he strike just before lunch?


12:18 - PICTURE

Sorry Adelaide but cricket grounds don't come any more picturesque than Newlands #SAvsAUS - Andrew Ramsey




12:12 - Philander is back on from the Kelvin Grove End.


12:11 - PICTURE

David Warner doing his talking with the bat today... (Gallo Images)


12:09 - Apologies for the slight break. Internet connection was down.


11:53 - Steyn getting one ball to Doolan to reverse swing. This is strange so early in the game. Could be ominous for the Aussies...


11:44 - HALF-CENTURY for Warner, coming off 50 balls. He went to 50 with a "five" after Philander had shied to the stumps and the ball ricocheting to the boundary...


11:34 - Alex Doolan is next in.


11:31 - Some great away-movement there from Steyn. The switch to the Wynberg End did the trick!


11:30 - WICKET! Rogers is out for 25, caught by Graeme Smith at second slip off the bowling of Steyn. Australia 65/1.


11:28 - Steyn now back on. His first two overs cost 18. Can only improve.


11:27 - Abbott starts with a maiden over...


11:26 - Abbott immediately shows promise when he beats the outside edge of Rogers' bat. A hint of away movement there...


11:24 - Kyle Abbott now into the attack. He has been on fire in domestic cricket this season. Lets hope he can replicate that here...


11:23 - TWEET

Morkel apart, this is one of the most impotent first sessions of day 1 I've seen of a Proteas attack in a while - Rob Houwing


11:20 - UNDER-19 WORLD CUP FINAL UPDATE

The SA U-19s are playing Pakistan in the final in Dubai.

Pakistan are currently 46/4 after 17 overs.

CLICK HERE for a live scorecard on the game...


11:14 - 50 up for Australia, coming 57 balls.

This the first time these two have put up 50 together in the first innings of a Test match - at their 10th attempt.

They do, however, have two 50s and one 100 in second innings...


11:13 - TWEET

A spinner on after 9 overs!!Gimme a break Newlands!We have the best fast bowling unit in the world... - Pat Symcox


11:12 - Off-spinner JP Duminy already on, in the 10th over!


11:10 - Australia have now passed the 47 they were bowled out for the last time they batted at this ground...


11:08 - TWEET

Warner v Morkel in Tests: 130 runs in 140 balls, 1 dismissal. Average 130, Run rate 5.57. Only 1 winner in this contest so far - S Rajesh


10:58 - After three boundaries in the last Philander over, Warner top edges the final ball into no-man's land in the covers. First bit of luck for him...


10:56 - Warner is smacking Philander all over the park here...


10:53 - After five overs the Australian run-rate exactly six per over!


10:51 - Morkel's second ball already up at 149.7km/h! He beats Rogers' bat...


10:50 - Morkel must show the same aggression he showed in PE last week, especially as this looks a very decent batting strip...


10:49 - Morné Morkel replaces Dale Steyn. No rhythm from Steyn this morning...


10:43 - Good start so far by Australia. Not much swing yet for Steyn and Philander...

A good toss to win!


10:41 - PICTURE

I can imagine there are worse ways to spend a Saturday morning...#SAvAus - Freddie Wilde


10:39 - Big lbw shout off the second Philander ball - but it pitched outside leg...


10:37 - Vernon Philander to bowl the second over to Warner.


10:36 - Wayward first over from Steyn. Two boundaries conceded.


10:33 - Rogers drives the second ball behind backward point for four...


10:33 - Dale Steyn starts proceedings from the Kelvin Grove end. He bowls to Rogers.


10:31 - A window is open behind the sight-screen. Three-minute delay because of that. 


10:30 - David Warner and Chris Rogers stride out for the Aussies. Expect the Proteas to be fired up to bowl at Warner after he claimed they tampered with the ball in last week's Test in PE.


10:28 - TWEET

Jeez. The atmosphere is IMMENSE at Newlands! National anthems. Goosebumps everywhere - Neil Manthorp


10:25 - Both teams now out on the park for the pre-match national anthems.

Advance Australia Fair and Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika...


10:22 - NEWLANDS SOLD OUT

18 500 fans expected to arrive today!


10:18 - Terrific atmosphere at Newlands! Proteas fast bowler Morné Morkel said it felt like a World Cup final when he drove through the gates earlier this morning...


10:14 - No doubt an important toss to win by Australia this morning. Batting will be tough for the first hour or so but in general a good pitch to bat on.

There should be some seam movement early on so it's vitally important for South Africa to strike early on!


10:12 - PICTURE

Clarke wins the toss and elects to bat... (Cricket South Africa)


10:08 - TWO CHANGES TO AUSTRALIA LINE-UP

Shane Watson replaces Shaun Marsh and James Pattinson replaces Peter Siddle.

Watson will bat at No 6.

Team: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon


10:05 - TWO CHANGES TO PROTEAS LINE-UP

Alviro Petersen replaces Quinton de Kock and Kyle Abbott replaces Wayne Parnell.

Petersen will open the batting, with Dean Elgar in at No 3.

Faf du Plessis will bat at No 6.

Team: Graeme Smith, Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Kyle Abbott


10:00 - TOSS

Australian captain Michael Clarke has won the toss and elected to bat first.


9:59 - PITCH CONDITIONS

A bit of grass cover, but still a dry pitch. There will be some seam movement early on but it will be a good pitch to bat on later in the day.

Win the toss, you must bat first, says Kepler Wessels and Shaun Pollock...


9:29 - AND HERE'S WHY CLARKE IS UNHAPPY...

Australia's David Warner has been fined after pleading guilty to a charge of making inappropriate comments about AB de Villiers.

Click HERE for the full article...


9:28 - CLARKE GRUMPY WITH WARNER

Australian captain Michael Clarke on Friday criticised David Warner over comments that earned the opening batsman a fine from International Cricket Council match referee Roshan Mahanama.

Click HERE for the full article...


9:27 - IS WARNEY OZ'S SECRET WEAPON?

Shane Warne's vast experience has been well utilised by the Australian squad in the lead-up to the third Test against South Africa.

Click HERE for the full article...


9:22 - AUSTRALIA IN AWE OF AB?


9:18 - GUESS WHO WAS SPOTTED AT TRAINING...

Former Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher made an appearance at a Proteas training session this week - Twitter


9:16 - MATCH DAY!

Newlands looking spectacular ahead of Day 1 in Cape Town - Twitter


STATS AND TRIVIA

If South Africa win in Cape Town it will be their first series win at home against Australia since 1970 - they have lost four and drawn two since their readmission.

Australia will finish the series second on the ICC's Test rankings if they win or draw in Cape Town, but third if they lose - South Africa cannot be budged from first.

Australia have lost their past two Cape Town Tests but prior to that had an excellent record there, having won nine of the previous ten Tests they had played there.


10:00 - PICTURE - BATTLE OF THE TATTOOS



QUOTE

"This would be an amazing achievement by this team to win this Test match, and as an individual player who has played a lot of cricket around the world if this doesn't excite you, you are in the wrong sport." - Michael Clarke


PICTURE - TROPHY UP FOR GRABS



PITCH / WEATHER

A dry pitch is expected in Cape Town, where the weather has been very hot and windy in the lead-up to the Test. Groundsman Evan Flint has the challenge of ensuring there is enough moisture in the surface to prevent it from breaking up too early, but whatever the case, batting last will not be easy. There are some showers expected during the match, with the third day shaping as the most likely to be affected.


MICHAEL CLARKE'S AWAY RECORD

Australian skipper Michael Clarke has led his team in 19 Tests away from home. This is his record...

Played 19
Won 5
Lost 9
Drawn 5

That includes a 1-1 drawn series against the Proteas in 2011/12


TOUR ITINERARY

A reminder of the Proteas' tour itinerary against Australia

Tests

February 12-16, First Test, Centurion - Australia won by 281 runs
February 20-24, Second Test, St George's Park - South Africa won by 231 runs
March 1-5, Third Test, Cape Town - 10:30

Twenty20

March 9, First T20, St George's Park - 14:30
March 12, Second T20, Kingsmead - 18:00
March 14, Third T20, Centurion - 18:00


TEAMS

South Africa:

Graeme Smith, Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Kyle Abbott

Australia:

David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon

UMPIRES

Umpires - Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
TV umpire - Ray Illingworth (England)
Match referee - Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - Adrian Holdstock (South Africa)


Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on Day 1 of the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.

  • 113

    Steve Smith returns to the attack and, as is his wont, mixes dipping, fizzing legspin with some utter tripe. Duminy is tested on his backfoot defense, but is then gifted with two rank long-hops and a full toss, all of which he hits for four. The partnership is now worth 56 - but more importantly it's eaten up 11 overs.

  • Over 42 SA 73/4 (De Villiers 16, Abbott 2) - Three slips and a gully, as well as a host of close-in fielders on the leg-side in place, as Pattinson begins the day. Line too straight, though, as Abbott steals away from the strike with a single pushed past mid-on. De Villiers closes out the rest of the over on the defence.

  • Conditions - Glorious, sunny day in Cape Town, with the weather and pitch expected to remain true. Strap in for the ride, folks, it should be a veritable cracker.

  • Australia win by 245 runs - What a Test match. What a finish. Australia were ahead for virtually the entire match, but South Africa dug as deep as they could to try to grit their way to a draw in Graeme Smith's final international match. The set-up was virtually identical to that which occurred on the final day of the Test between these two teams in Adelaide, but there was to be no successful rearguard today. Ryan Harris, on a busted knee and also facing the possible end of his Test career, put in one final, brave effort to take 4 for 32 and secure the series win for Australia.

  • Wicket: Over 134.3 - SA 265 all out - WICKETS! Australia win. They've done it! Dodgy knees or none, Ryan Harris has pushed himself one last time to secure a thrilling win. His first ball is a pinpoint yorker that slips through Steyn's defense, and his third curves in from round the stumps to shatter Morkel's stumps. Stunning.

  • 134

    Remarkable, gripping stuff. One simply doesn't know where to look. I, of course, have to toggle between the telly and my PC, but there are a few in the ground who can't bear to watch. Philander pokes, prods and leaves his way through another Johnson over. There's an optimistic lbw appeal, and Clarke calls for a review in desperation, but it's clearly missing leg. Spare a thought for Mitchell Johnson, who's bowled a whopping 34 overs.

  • 133

    Phew, another over down. Watson continues, and Steyn is happy to leave the ball well alone when it shapes away outside off. When it's on target, he right behind it. Just to add a little more pressure, Haddin is up to the stumps. There are cheers from the small crowd after every ball.

  • 132

    Vernon Philander goes to fifty with a glance to the fine leg boundary, but of vastly more importance are all the deliveries he's faced. At the end of this over from Johnson, he's faced 99. Seven overs remain.

  • 131

    Clarke's brought Watson make on with South Africa edging slowly towards safety. He finds the edge of Steyn's bat twice, but both edges are thick, played with soft hands, and go to ground well in front of the fielder. Watson also collects a tapped defensive drive with gusto, threatening to throw down the stumps as Steyn walks out. Tense, tense stuff.

  • 130

    Another one down, just 9 more overs to go. Philander sets himself with utter obduracy at the crease, a sweaty and sunburned Pattinson still steaming in with the old ball. He's bending his back and Philander has to ride some alarming bounce, but does so admirably.

  • 129

    Just 11 overs remain, and Clarke has brought Nathan Lyon back. He bowls to Steyn with a slip, a silly mid-off, a short leg, a short square leg and a leg slip (not to mention Haddin himself) all waiting for a chance. Steyn goes very deep to defend, right back on his stumps, but plays with bat in front of pad to tick off another over.

  • 128

    Australia are throwing absolutely everything they've got at Philander. He hops to defend another short one and wears a stinging blow on the glove - again - after which Pattinson switches to round the wicket to really signal his intent, bringing in a leg gully and a short leg. Bouncer after bouncer ensues, but Philander sees out the over.

  • 127

    Edged! But short of the slip cordon. Harris held the shine on the outside to reverse this one away from Steyn's bat, but it was played with soft hands and was very full, so the thick edge fell well short of the third slip. Harris, somehow, still has enough strength to hurry him with a bouncer to end the over. 12 more to go.

  • 126

    Pattinson replaces Johnson. He's also getting the ball to swerve in, late, through the air. Philander fends at a short-ish one to pick up two runs through square leg, but otherwise he's firm in defense.

  • 125

    Harris to Steyn, the bowler steaming in for one final effort. This is probably Harris' final hour as a Test cricketer. But it's also Graeme Smith's last hour as South Africa's Test captain, and that will be enough to motivate Steyn. He does well to reach forward and keep out six probing deliveries from Harris. It's definitely reversing.

  • 124

    It's not out! There is such drama unfolding at Newlands. Philander has a marauding Mitchell Johnson to deal with. Johnson's sixth ball is a searing, vicious bouncer and Philander can only flail blindly at it. The ball hits something, balloons off his chest and is caught by short leg. Aleem Dar gives it out, but Philander, who is down on the ground gripping his chest, asks for a review ... TV Umpire Illingworth has a good luck ... and gives it not out! The ball *did* hit the glove, but Vernon's hand wasn't on the handle when it did so. Such drama. And just to add a little more spice, there's a massive altercation between Clarke and Steyn at the end of the over. We're into the final hour people.

  • 123

    Brave stuff from Steyn. And, also, from Harris. Both men are battling injury, and both putting their bodies on the line out in the middle. Harris huffs and puffs his way through another over, and he has Steyn ducking for his life from a well-directed bouncer. Harris digs the next one in too, and this time Steyn wears it on the chest. Steyn can see the funny side, but this is intense.

  • 122

    Philander middles another glorious pull shot off Johnson, but this isn't an altogether convincing over for him. He ducks neatly under a bouncer, but when Johnson switches to round the wicket the real trouble starts. Philander fishes at one that bursts past the outside edge, and pokes at another that swings and dips after pitching to beat a diving Haddin behind the stumps.

  • 121

    Clarke tosses the ball to Steve Smith, which is a good gamble with Steyn on strike. Steyn can barely contain himself when Smith duly lobs down a long-hop, and spanks it straight to short midwicket, on the bounce. There's also a cry of "catch it!" when a straight delivery takes the inside edge, but Steyn does enough to survive.

  • 120

    Wicket: WICKET! Duminy falls for the leg trap. Clarke had just moved a man into leg slip at the start of this over, and Johnson's first delivery looked like it would shoot down the leg side ... until Duminy glanced at it to present a sharp chance to Lyon at leg slip. He holds it, Australia celebrate and South Africa slip a little further.

  • 119

    Philander ticks another over off the list, staying deep in his crease to defend six deliveries from Nathan Lyon.

  • 118

    Crunch! Every so often Philander whips one of his shots out, as he does here with this powerful pull off Johnson. Sure, there's an element of risk, but such a shot also exudes the sort of confidence that will be absolutely vital to South Africa batting out these overs. By the way, there are 21 overs left.

  • 117

    Clarke cycles through his bowlers once again, and this time Nathan Lyon's name comes up. Like Clarke, he aims for the rough on and around Duminy's off stump, but also like Clarke, can't profit from this line of attack just yet.

  • 116

    There's a massive change in the pace and quality in the bowling from one over to the next, with Clarke bringing Mitchell Johnson back. MiJo must be fairly pooped, he's bowled 28 overs in the innings. Philander wafts nervously at a quick bouncer, but otherwise survives the over well enough.

  • 115

    Michael Clarke brings himself on for a twirl, aiming for the rough outside JP Duminy's off stump. But Clarke doesn't get as much action on the ball as he once did, and there's not a lot to threaten in the over.

  • 114

    Beamer! Philander presents the full face of the bat to a full one from Pattinson to add two more runs through mid-on, and then gets back and across to punch a length delivery through extra cover for four. But he's not at all ready to face the next ball, which is a savage beamer that arrows in on his fingers as he fends the ball away from his throat. It was surely accidental, and Pattinson apologizes straight away, but that will rattle Philander. The physio comes out to have a look, whips out his magic spray, and Big Vern is good to go.

  • 113

    Steve Smith returns to the attack and, as is his wont, mixes dipping, fizzing legspin with some utter tripe. Duminy is tested on his backfoot defense, but is then gifted with two rank long-hops and a full toss, all of which he hits for four.

  • 112

    Ok, maybe I was wrong. It does, in fact, look like the ball is starting to reverse. Pattinson softens Philander up with a nasty short one, the batsman ducking into it to be struck a bruising blow to the ribs. Pattinson then goes very wide on the crease and shoots one in full, the late inward movement taking the ball past Philander's inside edge and *just* past the off stump. Close.

  • 111

    Harris is hiding the ball in his hands as he runs in to deliver, which signals that the Australians are starting to look for reverse swing. Or perhaps they just want South Africa to start thinking about reverse swing, as there doesn't seem to be much happening with the ball right now. Duminy and Philander pick up three singles in the over.

  • 110

    A couple of the men catching behind the bat are reshuffled in front of it as Philander continues to play his shots. Another Duminy single puts him on strike to Pattinson, and he immediately punches two runs through cover. That prompts a change in the field, with only two slips left in place, and Pattinson completes the over with a series of short deliveries.

  • 109

    Philander does, at least, look nice and relaxed at the crease. He's playing his natural game, and that's probably the right thing to do. When the ball's there to hit, he does so, and collects twos through midwicket and mid-off in this Harris over.

  • 108

    Pattinson shares the early duties after tea. He bowls with three slips and a gully to Duminy, who settles quickly into that high-elbowed, walking defense that's so characteristic. A controlled pull gives him a single to keep the strike.

  • 107

    We're back. One session remains, and Australia need three wickets. South Africa need to survive 33 overs, and do a good job of getting through the first, from Ryan Harris. Granted, Philander plays and misses at one which holds its line outside off, but there's none of the wild shot-playing we saw before tea.

  • Tea: Tea - SA 201/7 (Duminy 22, Philander 16) - Mind the windows Vernon! Philander hits a six off Johnson, but not in the manner you'd expect. The left-arm quick bangs a bouncer in halfway down, and Philander hooks at it, only for the top edge to fly straight over the wicketkeeper to be caught be a camera man beyond the boundary. A firm push brings him three more through mid-off, but Duminy focuses on surviving until tea and blocks out the over. And that takes us to tea at Newlands.

  • 105

    A peppy and upbeat Smith continues his spell after his wicket, tossing the ball high into the breeze as he looks for drift through the air and traction off the pitch. There's a bit of both, but his lengths vary wildly and there's no wicket-taking delivery in this over.

  • 104

    Duminy collects a brace of boundaries through the leg side off Johnson, and the second one is heartily applauded by none other than Michael Clarke. He wants Duminy playing shots like these. His first stroke was a controlled, swivelling pull through midwicket, and his second was a forehand slap past leg gully. The rest of the over is met with solid defense.

  • 103

    Wicket: WICKET! Australia are closing in. After everything that's been hurled at him today, Faf du Plessis finally falls to Steven Smith's legspin. He pressed forward to the first delivery of the over, but his bat came down outside the line as it didn't turn as much as he expected. The Australians asked 'howzat?' and Umpire Dharmasena raised the finger. Du Plessis asked for a desperate review, but it simply confirmed his dismissal. It's 10 minutes until tea, and Australia need just three wickets.

  • 102

    Well, a delivery from Johnson to du Plessis keeps very low indeed, and the batsman does well to keep it out. We've not seen a lot of that - the pitch has played very true - but every now and then one has scuttled along the ground. Du Plessis nudges one off his pads for a single, and Duminy mirrors the shot shortly afterwards and is rewarded with four runs - though not without danger as there are men at short leg and leg gully.

  • 101

    Lyon's changes of pace and variations between side- and top-spin continue to test Duminy, who has to jab down very quickly on another delivery that comes in towards his pads from around the wicket. But his defense holds, and another over is ticked off.

  • 100

    Haddin comes up to the stumps to Watto, just to put a little more pressure on Faf du Plessis. The batsman's face is a picture of serene, emotionless concentration, and right now it seems there's no way past him. But one ball is all it takes ...

  • 99

    Close! Duminy's task, with the offspinner coming around the wicket, is to pick which ball will spin and which won't, and to play accordingly. That's not easy, and left-handers in particular can struggle to play quality offspin in these conditions. There's a moment of alarm for Duminy when he goes back and across to one which shoots on with the arm, but he's saved by an inside edge that - fortunately for him - doesn't go to a close catcher.

  • 98

    Watto continues, having changed ends. He's still got that bizarre leg-trap field in place. It seems more annoying than anything else, with so many fielders in odd positions in the batsman's eyeline, but I suppose that's the point: they're trying to upset du Plessis' concentration. It's not working, yet.

  • 97

    Clarke brings Nathan Lyon back once more. It's a good move, considering Duminy's past troubles against offspin. With du Plessis stepping back to hack a single to leg, Lyon comes round the wicket to the left-handed Duminy with a ring of men crouched around the bat. Lyon, as usual, is nicely accurate, but Duminy sees him off without much fuss and accepts a friendly gift of a full toss by tapping it through mid-on for four.

  • 96

    If you've watched a lot of cricket, you'll know that in other formats Duminy and du Plessis are two of the most electric batsmen going around. It can't be easy to quieten their attacking instincts, but they're doing a good job. After du Plessis collects another three runs through the vacan mid-on region off Pattinson, Duminy plays his first shot in anger to a short-ish ball on middle. He watches it right onto the bat, and his short-arm jab sends the ball bouncing away to the deep midwicket boundary.

  • 95

    Watson continues, bowling wicket-to-wicket. Du Plessis punctuates his defense with a single worked behind square on the leg side, and when Duminy blocks the last ball it's du Plessis on strike once more. He's taken virtually all of the strike in the last three overs.

  • 94

    Duminy gently nurdles a single through mid-on - just the second run of his innings - and Pattinson then lines du Plessis up. A series of length deliveries are kept out by a perpendicular bat, and du Plessis gets the bonus of three runs through mid-off via a very gentle push. With everyone catching around the bat, there's no-one there to stop the ball.

  • 93

    It's Watto time. Shane Watson replaces Harris, and he's given a very unorthodox field by Michael Clarke. There are three men catching close on the leg side ... in fact make that four. Short square leg, midwicket, short midwicket and short mid-on. Du Plessis' defensive bat renders them redundant, so Watson tries to double-bluff him with a bouncer. It's met with the absolute middle of a pull shot, however, and du Plessis has four more. And it's time for an isotonic refreshment at Newlands.

  • 92

    Pattinson charges through another over. The over-the-wicket angle and Pattinson's natural movement take the ball repeatedly away from the left-hander off the pitch, and he leaves a good few alone in the course of another maiden.

  • 91

    Harris extends his spell into its sixth over. He may have a break after this. With the bowler attacking the stumps, du Plessis collects 8 runs from the over - all of them through the leg side. He begins with a nudge for two, then adds a leg glance to long leg for four, and finally two more with a firm push through the vacant mid-on.

  • 90

    Johnson is still off the field, and he's been replaced in the attack by Pattinson. Australia's third seamer bangs the ball down repeatedly just short of a good length, and du Plessis guides a single behind point. Duminy's patience outside off stump is tested, but he doesn't play when he doesn't have to.

  • Feedback: Feedback - There's been talk around the scuffing-up of the ball and the issue of reverse swing from both of these two sides. What do you make of it all? Does throwing the ball in to the keeper on the bounce count as sharp practice for you? But don't all teams work on the ball? Send your responses to cricket@365.co.za

  • 89

    Mitchell Johnson leaves the field as Ryan Harris begins his next over. He didn't look to be struggling with any injury, so perhaps it's a comfort break. Harris continues his loose-wristed attack upon the stumps of the batsmen, snaking the ball this way and that as he attempts to land the decisive blow upon South Africa's batting line-up.

  • 88

    Sunny: Duminy is under attack, with Clarke keeping Johnson on to have a go at him. He's got a full slip cordon behind him on one side, and a short leg and leg slip on the other. Duminy fends one just short of the man at leg slip, and then has to duck his head down with life-saving haste to avoid a bouncer. What's worse, a couple of the Australians seem very keen to have a chit-chat with him out in the middle ...

  • 87

    Harris comes round the wicket to Duminy, and gives him the hurry-up with a couple of lifters on middle and off. Duminy's not the tallest man, but he's up on his toes to ride the bounce after being struck on the shoulder trying to duck one in Harris' last over. He's also off the mark with a tip-and-run single.

  • 86

    Johnson is not getting du Plessis playing quite as often as he'd like, the South African right-hander leaving more than once outside off stump in the course of a maiden.

  • 85

    Wicket: WICKET! De Villiers has fallen. Australia have their breakthrough. There's not a lot that de Villiers did wrong with this delivery from Harris. It landed on an awkward length, on off stump, and he had to play. But it seamed away from him to take the edge, and Haddin held a simple catch. Australia need four more of those.

  • 84

    There's not quite the same pace and bounce off this pitch on the fifth day. Du Plessis rocks back to send a short ball from Johnson screaming to the deep midwicket boundary, the ball pinging right off the middle of the bat. That's the only damage for the over. By the way, the Newlands has opened its gates to the public: entrance for the final afternoon is now free.

  • 83

    Ryan Harris may have tired legs, but he's got enough juice in the tank to get this new ball wobbling about at good pace. De Villiers leans on his defense, but there's nothing he can do with a superb delivery that angles in, shaping gently, then hits the seam to leave him off the pitch. To his credit, he didn't follow the ball.

  • 82

    Sunny: As you'd expect, MiJo shares the new ball. He looks a little stiff and stilted in his first over, and his pace isn't quite what it could be. He attacks the stumps at first, and when he does bowl the bouncer it surprises du Plessis, who swivels to pull but bottom-edges the shot, the ball falling in front of Haddin. A backfoot punch signals du Plessis' confidence, the ball racing in front of cover point for four.

  • 81

    Australia have taken the new ball as soon as it became available, and Ryan Harris will have first use of it. De Villiers find the hard, new pill to his liking as he clips a full one off his toes for four to midwicket, but Harris soon settles into the channel on or around off stump. These batsmen are going to have to keep their wits about them.

  • Lunch: Lunch - Grinding, attritional stuff at Newlands. The Australians eventually got past nightwatchman Kyle Abbott, who batted for over an hour and a half before he lost concentration and left a straight one from Pattinson. But they've now run head-on into the du Plessis/de Villiers wall. These two, as you may remember, do have a bit of history when it comes to epic rearguard actions. Find out if they can equal their efforts from the Adelaide Oval after lunch.

  • 80

    De Villiers breaks the maiden chain by driving one out to the man at deep cover, and du Plessis has his eyes firmly focused on the upcoming lunch break. He even blocks back a high full toss from Smith - so high, in fact, that it's called a no-ball. Abdur Rehman bowled a couple of those the other day for Pakistan ... anyway, it's lunch at Newlands, with South Africa clinging stubbornly on.

  • 79

    Lyon, like Clarke, alters his angle and harries the batsman from either side of the stumps. But du Plessis moves either extravagantly forward, to smother the spin, or back, to read it off the pitch, and defends well. No runs. Two minutes until lunch.

  • 78

    Michael Clarke cycles between an over-the-wicket and round-the-wicket line of attack to de Villiers, but there's no way past him. Yet more defense, and another maiden.

  • 77

    Lyon tacks yet another maiden onto his figures, and his second on the trot to du Plessis. The South African looks utterly solid in defense.

  • 76

    Clarke is rotating through his spin options before lunch, and now brings himself back on. He starts well enough, and strings together five dots but then darts one in short and flat, and de Villiers steps back and across to punch through cover for four.

  • 75

    Lyon also returns, and goes over the wicket to du Plessis. As has been the case, Lyon gets more bounce than turn, and du Plessis makes sure to cover it as he defends. A maiden. Ten minutes to go until lunch.

  • 74

    Steve Smith returns with his mixed bag, which in this over includes a rank long-hop that de Villiers simply can't resist. He moves into the 30s with a slap to deep midwicket for four.

  • 73

    Despite the very defensive approach from the batsmen, the wildly attacking field means there are plenty of gaps through which to score, even if one isn't really trying to do so. The vacant mid-off position is repeatedly breached by both batsmen in this over, with du Plessis aiming a checked-forward press through that region with superb timing to collect four. The runs, of course, are meaningless, but will help South Africa feel like they're making progress.

  • 72

    Johnson continues, and he reckons he might be in with a shout when du Plessis hops across and shoulders arms to a length delivery that comes in a touch off the seam to hit the pad ... but the Umpire is unmoved, and replays confirm it was missing off. Three deliveries later there's another wobble from de Villiers, who wears a length delivery on the hip to spark cries of "catch it!" aimed at the short leg fielder.

  • 71

    AB de Villiers is fairly deep in his crease, and stays deep to see another over from Pattinson off and close in on a double-Cowan. He's now faced 192 deliveries for his 29. Pattinson is definitely getting the ball to slant in through the air, but the Australians have not yet got the ball hooping. The new ball is 10 overs away.

  • 70

    With everyone around the bat, du Plessis finds a single with a gentle push to the vacant mid-off position. The scoreboard ticks over once more as de Villiers nudges Johnson through point. By the way, the Australians are being very lackadaisical in their returns from the field, and the ball is being repeatedly bounced back to the keeper.

  • 69

    What is it about Pattinson's line that's bringing about these crazy leaves? Now it's de Villiers shouldering arms to a straight-ish delivery that zips *just* past the stumps to have the Australians gasping. Pattinson is getting the ball to tail in through the air, with the shine.

  • 68

    With the wicket, Clark brings back his strike bowler as Australia look to open up the incision. There are men all around the bat for du Plessis: Four slips, a gully, a short cover, short leg, backward short leg, short midwicket. Short leg is almost in action when Faf fends a rising, waspish delivery to leg, but the ball balloons over the fielder.

  • 67

    WICKET! Abbott's gone! He'd resisted for over an hour and a half this morning, fronting up to all sorts of bowling. This was his first mistake, and it was a good one. Clarke brought Pattinson on, and his first delivery was aimed on a length and straight. Abbott stepped forward and raised his bat to leave, with the stumps exposed, and the ball shot straight on. Was he expecting swing? I think he's just misjudged it. Faf is off the mark with three runs through mid-on. The Adelaide Oval will be on his mind right now ...

  • 66

    Michael Clarke hustles through another over, but de Villiers is untroubled and blocks out a maiden.

  • 65

    De Villiers runs one off the face of the bat through the off side for a single, and Lyon comes round the wicket to Abbott. Lyon basically varies the pace and flight of just two deliveries: the offspinner and the arm-ball. There's some excitement for Australia when the second of these, the arm-ball, shoots straight on to beat Abbott's defensive bat. "Oh dearie me," remarks one of the close fielders.

  • 64

    Abbott breaks the run of maidens via an inside edge off Michael Clarke's left-arm spin. He was playing for the one that turned, but it didn't, and the inside edge went to ground and rolled to square leg. There's a screeching appeal when de Villers pads up to one that lands outside leg and turns across him, but it's quickly quelled.

  • 63

    I've lost count of how many maidens in a row we've had. Certainly at least five. Anyway, here's another one, from Lyon to de Villiers. Shuffle, block, repeat.

  • 62

    Limpet-like from Abbott. There's plenty of energy in Smith's action and his bowling, but it's repeatedly met with an inert, dead, defensive bat. This partnership has now extended beyond 150 deliveries, which is a fabulous effort.

  • 61

    Another watchful maiden from Lyon to de Villiers takes us to drinks. The pair at the crease have now added 24 runs in 24 overs.

  • 60

    When Smith does bowl the wicket-taking delivery, it's usually in the one-per-over bracket. He begins his sixth over with just such a delivery, the ball drifting in through the air, dipping at the last moment and then abruptly changing direction upon pitching to beat Abbott's bat. Abbott nudges a full ball back to Smith a short while later, only for the bowler to pick it up and have Abbott ducking for cover as he hurls it back to the keeper. Smith apologises, but that'll have woken everyone up from their turpor.

  • 59

    Yet another maiden. With the batsmen not looking to upset him, Lyon does at least have a chance here to work himself into a really good rhythm. He's landing the ball more consistently than Smith does, and though he doesn't get as much side-spin as the leggie, the bounce he extracts means the close fielders are always interested.

  • 58

    Smart batting from Abbott in this over. Despite the overwhelmingly defensive mindset, he's alert to the possibility to score when it presents itself, and slaps a Smith full toss down the ground for four. The legspinner switches to round the wicket, with men all round the bat and a nice patch of rough to aim at, and Abbott shows good composure to pick the wrong 'un and get right in line to defend it.

  • 57

    Lyon comes over the wicket to de Villiers, whose tactic to this line of attack from the offspinner is to shuffle repeatedly right across his stumps to defend. There's an optimistic lbw shout from Lyon et al when de Villiers walks across to off stump and then shoulders arms to one that hits him above the knee roll, but it's clearly missing off the the appeal is quickly turned down by Umpire Dharmasena.

  • 56

    Spin of a different sort now, Steve Smith being brought on. He's got two slips, a leg slip and a short leg in place. Smith just got a couple of deliveries to really grip and spin yesterday, so Abbott will continue to be challenged.

  • 55

    More pressure-filled bowling. Lyon switches back around the wicket, and there's a chorus of oohs and aahs when he gets one delivery to rush on with the arm and beat Abbott's outside edge. But the end result is one more over ticked off for South Africa.

  • 54

    Mitchell Johnson's not short of a word or two, but the ball he's bowling with has lost just about all of its hardness and shine now so de Villiers is unperturbed in his continued, dogged defense. Meanwhile, on the boundary, Shane Warne is chatting to Nathan Lyon. I wonder what that conversation is about.

  • 53

    Lyon switches to an over-the-wicket line of attack, the six catching fielders around Abbott and a chirpy Brad Haddin behind the stumps. The batsman's concentration continues to hold, and he brings up a half-Cowan in the course of the over, having now made 2 off 51 deliveries.

  • 52

    Johnson continues around the wicket to de Villiers, who defends from the crease but does so quite late and with the ball right underneath is eyes. De Villiers hasn't entirely cut out all shots just yet, and a firm push with a high left elbow brings four runs through the vacant extra cover. The response, predictably, is a bouncer.

  • 51

    Clarke swaps Harris for Nathan Lyon. The offspinner has a similarly attacking field, with two slips, a leg slip and a short leg around the bat. He comes round the wicket to de Villiers, who immediately hands the strike to Abbott. The nightwatchman appears unsure whether to go forward or back - at least first up - and Clarke quickly brings yet another fielder in at silly mid-off. But the defensive bat prevails, at least for one more over.

  • 50

    Australia build a cauldron of pressure around Abbott, with all 9 fielders positioned around the bat. There are four slips, and men catching close on either side of the wicket. Abbott continues to show admirable application, protecting his stumps and withdrawing his bat when a shot isn't necessary. He's got over 1,000 runs in First Class cricket, so he's got a modicum of talent as a tailender.

  • 49

    Harris' length yesterday was strictly full, but he's got the strength and pace to hurry even the best batsmen with his short ball. De Villiers bears the brunt in this over, dropping his hands and swaying inside the line where possible. But he's also struck on the shoulder by one which rises alarmingly, and has to hop to fend off the final delivery. Aggressive stuff.

  • 48

    Mitchell Johnson is brought on for the first time this morning, and his field to Abbott really sets a tone. He's got three slips, a short extra cover, a short leg, a leg slip and a leg gully. Oh, and he decides to come around the wicket, slamming the ball down repeatedly on a short length. But Abbott is equal to the task, and when the ball is pitched right up, he's aware enough to dig it out.

  • Over 47 SA 78/4 (De Villiers 21, Abbott 2) - It's AB's turn to face Harris for the first time this morning, and he does what Abbott did by enduring a maiden. Harris keeps his line tight, but dare we say he's looking a bit tired.

  • Over 46 SA 78/4 (De Villiers 21, Abbott 2) - Pattinson is banging it in, and AB has to block it off his ribs, but he turns away to refocus immediately after, ignoring the glares from the paceman. They take a single off the fifth ball as AB turns it off his pads, looking to keep strike for the next over. Abbot ducks under the final ball, no worries.

  • Over 45 SA 77/4 (De Villiers 20, Abbott 2) - Harris continues to Abbott. Just a reminded that if Oz win or draw here, they will go to second in the Test rankings, overtaking India. The Proteas are at no risk of being pushed off the summit. The hosts will be taking this over by over, hour by hour, until the end. Another maiden.

  • Over 44 SA 77/4 (De Villiers 20, Abbott 2) - Faf du Plessis can be seen in the change room, and is nearly required as De Villiers catches the edge off Pattinson. But it drops short of the slips and runs to the third man ropes. The scores are level with what it was at the start of day five in Adelaide in 2012 (77/4). AB blocks the final ball, French cricket style.

  • Over 43 SA 77/4 (De Villiers 20, Abbott 2) - Faf du Plessis can be seen in the change room, and is nearly required as De Villiers catches the edge off Pattinson. But it drops short of the slips and runs to the third man ropes. The scores are level with what it was at the start of day five in Adelaide in 2012 (77/4). AB blocks the final ball, French cricket style.

  • Over 43 SA 73/4 (De Villiers 16, Abbott 2) - Harris sends down a maiden as Abbott concentrates with all his might. He does nothing risky and is calm in the face of the pressure.

  • Over 42 SA 73/4 (De Villiers 16, Abbott 2) - Three slips and a gully, as well as a host of close-in fielders on the leg-side in place, as Pattinson begins the day. Line too straight, though, as Abbott steals away from the strike with a single pushed past mid-on.

  • First Session, Day Five - Umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena, batsman AB de Villiers and nightwatchman Kyle Abbott and the Australian XI head out to the middle for the start of play.

  • Conditions - Glorious day in Cape Town, with the weather and pitch expected to remain true. Strap in for the ride, folks, it should be a veritable cracker.

  • The Equation - Australia need six wickets and South Africa require 440 runs (unlikely) or to bat out three sessions (improbable). Meanwhile, tributes to the retiring Graeme Smith - and other opinions - welcome here: cricket@365.co.za.

  • Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on the fifth and final day of the third and final Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.

  • Close: Stumps - South Africa live to fight another day, but Australia are bossing this match and they know it. Johnson and Harris did for the top order, and Pattinson then chipped in by breaking the stubborn Amla/de Villiers stand. The formula for the final day is simple. South Africa need to bat out three full sessions, and Australia need six wickets to beat the best Test side in the world in their own backyard. Join us tomorrow for the final day of this enthralling contest!

  • 41

    Johnson gets a change of ends so he can have a go at Abbott, and have a go he does. The nightwatchman, his eyes wide with a mixture of fear and concentration, fends one off his throat - which de Villiers, at the other end, finds rather amusing. A soft glide through point puts de Villiers on strike, and he closes out the day. That's stumps.

  • 40

    With the shadows having lengthened across the ground, and just minutes to go before the close, Clarke brings offspinner Nathan Lyon back on. He's got close catchers at slip, leg slip and short leg, and there's a bit more fizz off the wicket with this older ball. But de Villiers is in a meditative state and sees him off with minimal fuss.

  • 39

    Brave stuff from Abbott. Pattinson is running in at full tilt, and curving every ball in late towards the stumps, but Abbott is resolute in defense, digging out the full ball and riding the short one.

  • 38

    Another Johnson over. Clarke is keeping him on longer than he usually does in an effort to land the decisive blow against South Africa. But de Villiers is immovable. You shall not pass! The problem is, however, that Abbott will now be on strike to Pattinson.

  • 37

    Wicket: WICKET! The partnership is broken, and South Africa's ship is listing once more. Pattinson swerves one in sharply from outside off, beating the inside edge of Amla's forward poke and striking him on the knee roll. Amla asked for a review, in desperation, but the replay simply confirmed Umpire Dharmasena's original call. Kyle Abbott comes out as nightwatchman, with 15 minutes to survive.

  • 36

    Clarke extends Johnson's spell a little further. Amla nudges a single past short leg to get off strike with the very first delivery, and de Villiers, whose strike rate has sunk to 16.47, is happy to see out the over without anything risky.

  • 35

    Pattinson continues, with a very odd field in place. He's got a man at a short, straight mid-on, and another at a short square leg. But the placements aren't enough to disturb de Villiers' concentration, and he closes out another defensive maiden.

  • 34

    Johnson just about rends the skies of the fair Cape with his lbw appeal after snaking one in to Amla's pads. Emphatic, pleading ... and Aleem Dar says no! Australia gamble on a review, but replays show the ball pitched outside leg. Phew! Is that the last we'll see of Johnson for a while? It's been a four-over spell so far.

  • Feedback - Here are Monty Zion's thoughts on South Africa's approach: "There is no way South Africa can win this game, and they must play for a draw. This, then, is a golden opportunity for Graeme Smith to end his career in glory, by remaining at the crease for at least 4 hours, and convince his partners to support him in a similar fashion."

  • 33

    Amla collects another boundary, this one off Pattinson, but it's hard to tell whether he wanted to get after him, or whether his timing on a defensive forward press was simply *that* good. A single off the full toss that ends the over takes this partnership to fifty, and puts Amla on strike to Johnson.

  • 32

    De Villiers has a got a shuffle on to Johnson. Back, across, defend. Rinse, repeat, six times in the over. It's a maiden.

  • 31

    Hmm, just a solitary over for Harris. Is Clarke holding him back for when the ball does start to reverse, or is there some problem? He's replaced by Pattinson, who - it seems - finds just a hint of reverse. It's starting to go. Yep, that's definitely gone with the shine, but it's not prodigious just yet and Amla blocks out a maiden.

  • 30

    There doesn't seem to be much reverse swing from either end, if any, but Johnson is skillful and hardworking enough to extract some life from this flat track. Amla gets off strike with a tickle off a potential rib-tickler, and de Villiers is then completed squared up by an offcutter that jags away from him.

  • 29

    Ryan Harris is also brought back into the attack. Might he be able to extract some reverse swing, as was the case at around this time in the first innings? It doesn't look like it - at least not yet - and Amla collects three runs with a controlled drive that threads its way through the covers.

  • 28

    A Mitchell Johnson over has just woken everyone up a little bit more. Amla more than most. Amla lands the first blow, slap-cutting a short, wide ball in front of point for four, but Johnson's bristling response is an utterly beastly delivery that spits at Amla's face off a short length. Fortunately for him, his fend evades the man at short leg.

  • 27

    A veritable mixed bag from Smith - half-volley, full toss, long-hop - but the damage is limited to four singles from the over. Muted stuff from two of South Africa's most attacking batsmen.

  • 26

  • 25

    A boundary! The first one for 14 and a half overs. This over from Smith actually started really well, as his last had, with the blonde-topped one getting another fizzing legbreak to shoot past the outside edge of, this time, Amla's bat. But, as is his wont, Smith followed the good ball up with a rank long-hop that Amla spanked through the covers.

  • 24

    An odd field for Watto. He's got two short extra covers, and men quite close at square leg and midwicket. Watson aims his deliveries full and straight, and Amla's defensive bat is resolutely perpendicular.

  • 23

    Another change from Clarke, who brings Steve Smith on to have a go with his leggies. He's got a couple of men around the bat, but also fielders out protecting the deep cover and deep midwicket boundaries. Smith offers generous flight on the ball, and his second delivery dips and rips past de Villiers' outside edge. He and Lyon could play a big part in prizing South Africa out as the pitch wears.

  • 22

    Utterly obdurate from de Villiers. Pattinson has been replaced by Shane Watson, who trundles in and wobbles the ball about on off stump. De Villiers thinks about have a go at one, and chops a late cut down into the ground, but otherwise there's not a shot in sight.

  • 21

    An appeal for lbw, who padded up to one from Lyon. But it pitched well outside leg. Nevertheless, Australia are starting to string maidens together once more.

  • 20

    Oh dear, we came close to a potentially disastrous mix-up in the running here. De Villiers nudged a short ball from Pattinson off his hip, Amla wanted the single but his partner didn't think it was on. The call was loud, but Amla had to scurry very quickly to make his ground at the non-striker's end.

  • 19

    A run off Lyon! But just the one. De Villiers earns the run by coming forward to one which barely turns, playing the ball with soft hands behind square on the off side.

  • 18

    Pattinson has two lengths in this over, and neither look like dislodging Amla at the moment. When it's full, he's quickly forward in defense, and when it's short he's either hopping to defend or ducking under the ball. Not fun, not pretty to watch, but South Africa had better be ready for a bit of a grind out there.

  • 17

    This a terrifically parsimonious start from Lyon, who's twirled through a second maiden on the trot. As usual, there's nothing fancy from him: just a tight line and some canny offspin bowling.

  • 16

    Some busy batting from de Villiers and Amla brings them five runs from the over. Pattinson's line is quite straight, his length a little short, and so the runs come through the leg side via a series of flicks and glances.

  • 15

    Ah, a double change, and it's offspinner Nathan Lyon from the other end. He's got a slip, leg slip and short leg in place. Coming round the wicket, he begins with a maiden.

  • 14

    After a six-over spell for Johnson, he's replaced by James Pattinson. Pattinson's first over of the innings begins with a series of short-of-a-length deliveries, and when he goes full at the end, it's a little too full and too straight, and Amla accepts the chance to collect three runs on the leg side.

  • 13

    Yet another maiden for Harris. De Villiers has cause to shoulder arms to two deliveries, but is otherwise left practicing his forward defensive.

  • 12

    I'm guessing that Amla shouldn't be expecting too much in his own half this afternoon, at least not while the ball is hard and bouncy. Johnson fizzes ball after ball at him at rib height, but Amla's reactions are up to the challenge and when the full ball does come, it's clipped to midwicket for two.

  • 11

    Harris actually loses his line in this over, spraying one down the leg side and one wide of off, but de Villiers misses out on each occasion and the result is another maiden.

  • 10

    Characteristic finesse and timing from Amla. There's something quite brutal about fast bowling, particularly of the sort Johnson thrives on - short, quick and nasty. Amla's riposte is antithetical to this: all supple wrists, fluidity, timing. The synthesis is shots such as the one we've just witnessed. Amla spent much of this over fending the ball off his chest, but when Johnson pushed the final ball up closer, it was met with an almost poetic arc of the bat. Four runs.

  • 9

    De Villiers, like Amla, presses repeatedly forward to Harris, who is metronomic in his line and length once more. With nothing to hit, de Villiers defends out a maiden.

  • 8

    Crunch! Mitchell Johnson may be one of the most fearsome fast bowlers in the world at the moment, but AB de Villiers is an equally enthralling batsman. De Villiers has to hop to get on top of a punch for two through cover, but both of his feet are firmly grounded as he leans back to send a thunderous pull shot out to the deep midwicket boundary.

  • 7

    Wicket: Harris has some nip, but he's also looking to swing the new ball so he keeps it right up to Amla. The batsman has to get his feet moving early in his knock, and so far he's done a good job, getting well forward in defense during a maiden.

  • Tea - SA 15/3 (Amla 3) - WICKET! Johnson's finding a hint of swing through the air, in towards Elgar, and at first it seems that the left-hander's solid defense has it covered. But Johnson then gets one to cut away off the seam, having come in on the angle, and Elgar plays inside it to have his stumps shattered. That's an emphatic way for Australia to go to tea.

  • 5

    Another good, tight over from Harris. He hits that nagging length on off stump repeatedly, and seams the odd delivery away to beat Amla's outside edge. Amla manages a flicked two - in the air - past short leg, but there's also a hint of low bounce to end the over. Will the pitch start misbehaving now?

  • 4

    WICKET! Ah, there he goes. Johnson has tormented Smith all series (as well as breaking his hand, twice, in the past) and he's got him again today. Again Smith had to hop back to play one that was rising on him, but an inside edge bobbled off his hip to be easily caught at short leg. He immediately lowers his head to walk off, pausing about two-thirds of the way to the boundary to raise his bat one last time as an international cricketer. The Newlands faithful are on their feet to bid him farewell, and even the Aussies manage some applause. "Goodbye Biff, thanks for the memories" reads a sign in the crowd. Indeed, from all of us.

  • 3

    WICKET! Don't worry, it's not Graeme Smith. His opening partner, Alviro Petersen, has struggled at times early on in his knocks, playing across the front pad to put himself at risk of an lbw. That's been the case here, as he shuffled right across his stumps at one from Harris that hooped in through the air to strike him right in front. He thinks about the review, but there's no point.

  • 2

    Smith is off the mark with a hopping nudge off his hip, Johnson's 'tache flowing in the wind as he thunders to the crease to deliver a 145km/h lifter at the ribs. Both South African openers are looking to get at the bowling. There's been nothing flashy, but they're looking to keep rotating the strike.

  • 1

    Petersen is off the mark with a checked nudge past a diving gully fielder, and then puts Smith on strike with a neat little drive for three through the covers. The South African Test captain takes a few moments to compose himself, and safely negotiates a rising delivery on middle and off.

  • Australia declare with a lead of 510 - It's been an odd sort of a day. We knew that Australia would be chasing a total from which to declare, and they signaled their intent first thing as Warner and Rogers set about the bowling this morning. But after Rogers fell, they entered a listless, drifting period that was only ended by Doolan's departure. Since then, they've gone on the attack and leave South Africa needing to survive four and a half sessions ... or score 511 runs to win? Whatever happens, it's going to be an emotional afternoon, with Graeme Smith set to play his last innings for South Africa. What do you reckon? How should South Africa go about this? Will they see Smith off in a blaze of glory? Send your answers to cricket@365.co.za

  • 58

    Smith bats merrily on, somehow finding an unguarded part of the boundary with a thunder-crack of a drive down the ground. And with the end of the over, Clarke finally decides that enough is enough. They've declared, with a lead of 510.

  • 57

    WICKET! Warner's innings comes to a soft end, and still Australia bat on. He was looking to launch a short ball from Abbott over midwicket, but instead got a thick edge that was easily held by de Villiers behind the stumps. Haddin's off the mark straight away thanks to an overthrow, and though the lead reaches 500 there's no declaration. The Australians are just toying with South Africa now.

  • 56

    There's a change in the bowling attack, with Vernon Philander in action after the break. He's been remarkably under-used today - this is just his fifth over. It's been an odd morning. The batsmen continue to trade in singles, edging towards a lead of 500.

  • 55

    With fielders at every point of the boundary, it's not easy for the Australians to keep the rate up but there are certainly plenty of ones and twos on offer. A hustled six-run over takes us to drinks at Newlands with the lead at 491.

  • 54

    This is all rather fun. Morkel continues, and after some adventurous swatting Smith flays another boundary behind point off a handy full toss. I reckon Australia are looking for a 500-run lead here, and Smith is trying to get them there as quickly as possible.

  • 53

    WICKET! Yes, a wicket for South Africa, but that does precious little to stop the runs from flowing. Clarke chips Abbott gently to mid-off for fall for a duck, but Steve Smith rockets onto the scoreboard with three boundaries from his first three balls. There's no stopping Australia now.

  • 52

    Graeme Smith sends all 9 fielders to various points on the boundary in an attempt to stop Australia from scoring so quickly, but Warner still manages to capitalize on two full tosses from Morkel with a brace of boundaries in the arc between third man and backward point. The lead is now 463, and a declaration must be imminent.

  • 51

    WICKET! Abbott's grin is very sheepish as he high-fives the catching fielder, JP Duminy. Warner had begun the over by smiting a rank full toss over cow corner, but Abbott's length improved as the over went on, and he found some reward as Watson scooped a full ball to Duminy at point to bring an end to his cameo.

  • 50

    Watto and Warner continue their heave-ho, but Morkel's not quite as easy to get away as Duminy and Elgar are. A couple of mis-hits, leg-byes and singles bring them just four from the over.

  • 49

    Watto's presence, and - of course - his hundred, really geed Warner up. He jumps out at Elgar to swipe his third six. Warner didn't even get to the pitch of this one, but just followed confidently through with the stroke to plant the ball over long on. This partnership is already worth 44.

  • 48

    It's on now! The declaration is on the horizon, and Watson is going to boost Australia's score in the meantime. Watto begins with an uncharacteristically gentle late cut, but then clears his front leg to plant Duminy into the stands beyond long on. A bizarre switch hit from David Warner - in which a full toss beat bat, batsman, stumps and wicketkeeper - results in byes that put Watto back on strike, and he continues the carnage with a brutal wallop that sends the ball into Newlands train station. New ball please!

  • 47

    A century for David Warner! His second of the match. There was a slight wobble before he got there, with a ricochet off his outstretched bat possibly saving him from a run-out as he dashed to get on strike, and a fearsome Morkel lifter bursting through bat and pad before Warner nudged one behind point to bring up his hundred. He celebrates with a controlled pull to the long leg boundary, and Australia's lead stretches beyond 400.

  • 46

    Duminy's lengthy spell continues, the offspinner coming round the wicket to new batsman Shane Watson. Watto's off the mark with a quick single, and Warner finds himself on strike at the end of the over. He's looking for a single to reach his century, but a bottom-edged cut barely leaves the square.

  • 45

    WICKET! Morkel strikes, and this will move the game forward. The over had begun with Warner glancing to the fine leg boundary to move to within one stroke of a hundred, but the short ball has done for Doolan. He hadn't been unduly rushed so far today, but the ball was on to him faster than he could set himself properly to play it, and Kyle Abbott held the swirling top edge at fine leg.

  • 44

    Welcome back everyone. We're eased back into the action by another over of offspin from JP Duminy, with just a couple of singles taken from it. Will we see a change in approach from the Australians as the time for a declaration draws near?

  • Lunch - Australia have this match by the scruff of the neck, but at the moment it appears as though they don't know quite what to do with it. Warner and Rogers bolted out of the blocks this morning, but after Rogers fell to a needless run-out, the Australian mindset has been inexplicably defensive. With the lead now 387, we'll surely see a declaration fairly soon - but why wouldn't they get a move on to give themselves more time to bowl South Africa out? I'll see you in 30 minutes or so for the second session.

  • 43

    A boundary for Doolan! It was a real 'hit-me' ball, short and inviting the pull. Two further runs, off the pad after a missed paddle-sweep, take us to lunch on Day 4 at Newlands.

  • 42

    Warner kicks, blocks and leaves his way through another Duminy over. The offspinner's third maiden also includes a play-and-miss as he gets one to kick out of the rough, but otherwise it's all rather mellow. We should get one more over in before lunch.

  • 41

    Crikey, it's part-time spin from both ends now. Elgar's first delivery is a friendly full toss, but Doolan is amiable enough just to knock it softly back to the bowler. A single off his pads puts Warner on strike, and he finally moves off 91 with a single of his own off a punchy drive to deep cover.

  • 40

    Doolan taps a gentle full toss from Duminy down to long-on for one, and then Warner's inexplicably defensive change in tactics continues as he refuses to lay bat upon two further deliveries outside off.

  • 39

    Normal transmission is resumed with another quiet over from Kyle Abbott. Doolan manages a single off his hips.

  • 38

    A boundary for Doolan! And what's more, he's manufactured the stroke by jumping down the wicket at a Duminy straight-break and driving handsomely through cover. Warner, meanwhile, continues to kick or leave deliveries wide of off stump, and has scrounged just 7 runs from his last 25 deliveries.

  • 37

    'Urgent' isn't a word you'd use to describe Doolan's batting. He spends much of Abbott's over propped half-forward in defense, and the only addition to the total comes via a leg bye.

  • Feedback - "Andre Nel (don't know if it's the same one) was always over-rated and his words just smack of bitterness. How can anyone have anything negative to say about the man who FINALLY took us to number 1 in the world? Fans are far too fickle!" Ashley, I don't think our commenter is *that* Andre Nel. Though, you never know ...

  • 36

    Duminy's line to Doolan is much straighter, and the right-hander is able to collect two runs through midwicket before handing the strike to Warner with a drive through mid-off. But with the left-hander on strike, Duminy goes very wide once more, and any thought of bat on ball evaporates.

  • 35

    One thing that will give South Africa a glimmer of hope is just how well this pitch is still playing. Doolan leans into a length delivery from Abbott, driving on the up and pinging the ball out of the middle of the bat for his third boundary. Abbott responds by shortening his length, and keeps any further damage to a single.

  • 34

    Regardless of the match situation, Warner wants a ton here. Duminy offers up some utter tripe well wide of off stump, but Warner simply won't be tempted. He leaves four in a row, and only attempts to get bat on ball when the red pill is aimed at the stumps.

  • 33

    Abbott's major strength, apart from supple wrists which allow him to gain significant seam and swing in the right conditions, is his accuracy. He runs in and lands it there and thereabouts almost every delivery, so the best Warner and Doolan can do is collect singles in this over. Not that they're looking to smash everything anyway, just at the moment.

  • 32

    Doolan's starting to add a little boom to his tuk-tuk approach now. Five dot balls from Duminy are capped by a glance down to the fine leg boundary for four, and his strike rate rockets up to 33.

  • Feedback - Sensible talk from Kris Marandola: "Surely it should go to AB, with Amla his vice captain. Together they can take nurture young talent like Du Plessis." But, lets remember that Amla doesn't want the sort of responsibility that would come with vice-captaincy. Duminy, perhaps?

  • 31

    Kyle Abbott comes back into the attack, and Doolan begins tentatively against his off-stump line, before stepping into his first stroke of real aggression today. He punches a length delivery, on the up, through cover and gets enough on the ball to beat a diving Hashim Amla and collect his first boundary.

  • 30

    This will give you a measure of how quickly Warner was batting earlier - and last night. He's not reached the boundary since the 19th over and he's just played out a maiden from Duminy, but his strike rate is still over 100. Australia have been utterly unhurried for the last half hour or so.

  • 29

    Morkel makes repeated use of the short ball in this over, but Warner is happy to step back to pull as this pitch is still playing straight and true. A no-ball gives the Australian score a little nudge, and some good running makes it six from the over.

  • 28

    Duminy's line, very wide of off, is so wide that Warner is having trouble motivating himself to play any shots - which is, I suppose, a successful tactic for South Africa? Warner lets three very wide ones go past him in this over, and then taps a single to cover.

  • 27

    Morkel wanted another full over to have a go at Doolan, and so he's visibly annoyed when the right-hander is allowed to pinch a quick single into the off side straight away. But Warner swaps the strike straight back, and Morkel bounds in to beat Doolan's bat with consecutive deliveries.

  • Feedback - Here's an interesting question for you: who do you think should be Test captain now that Graeme Smith is going? Tell us your thoughts via cricket@365.co.za

  • Feedback - Gosh, you guys really aren't feeling the love for Smith this morning. Andre Nel's response to the retirement news is as follows: "Best news for SA cricket. This is overdue for last couple of years."

  • Feedback - This, from Niresh Masana, has the feel of a fitting tribute to Graeme Smith: "Farewell to our great leader Graeme Smith, Who compiled the most hundreds by a test captain and kept our side to the number one test ranking nation for a while.

  • 26

    Duminy continues, generally maintaining a line very wide of off stump. Warner leaves a couple, but he's still looking for singles, and the batsmen combine to take four of them in the over.

  • 25

    Warner punches a single through point off Morkel's first ball, after which the gears in Doolan's innings continue to turn very slowly indeed. After four balls met with defense, Morkel lifts a length delivery off the seam and beats the outside edge ... or has Doolan nicked that? The slips went up in an appeal, and Morkel eventually followed. But the umpire suggests it's not out, and South Africa won't review it.

  • 24

    Gently does it from Duminy. He does, to his credit, find the outside edge of a driving Warner's bat, but such has been South Africa's luck that the edge results only in two more runs to the total.

  • 23

    Languid stuff from Doolan. Morkel gets one to lift past his outside edge, then has him ducking under a bouncer before a solid forward defensive ends a maiden and takes us to drinks at Newlands.

  • 22

    Doolan has been Australia's regular no. 3 in this series, but was there not a case for pushing someone else up the order in this situation? Haddin perhaps, or Smith. But Doolan's out there, and Duminy's friendly spell continues.

  • 21

    WICKET! Against the run of play, but no bowler can take credit for this. After what we've seen this morning, the run out seemed the likeliest form of dismissal, and Rogers' tardy running has cost him. He gloved the ball, from Morkel, down to fine leg, and then decided to take on Steyn's arm with a second run. But the throw was accurate, right at the stumps, and Rogers will be kicking himself for throwing away an opportunity to score some easy runs.

  • 20

    Duminy continues. This is really friendly stuff, declaration bowling. There's also a distinctly backyard feel as Rogers, the doughty, conservative, 36-year-old opening bat, attempts two reverse sweeps in the over. He doesn't middle either, but the batsmen still collect 5 runs.

  • 19

    Phew, this is going to be a difficult morning for South Africa. They'll have been shaken by Graeme Smith's announcement last night, and now they've come up against a marauding David Warner. No less than 17 runs come off Steyn's over, with Warner bludgeoning him down the ground for six and then collecting four via the inside edge to fine leg. Four leg byes inflate the total further.

  • 18

    After conceding 20 from his last two overs, Duminy has now somehow conjured a maiden. He's helped by having the relatively cautious Rogers on strike, and tosses the ball up repeatedly well wide of off stump.

  • 17

    Not even Steyn's got any sting this morning, though with a dodgy hamstring to deal with he won't be straining every sinew. Warner walks at him to launch a dismissive flicked pull over deep midwicket for four, and then adds a chopped cut down to the vacant third man boundary. The question is swiftly becoming: when will Australia declare? Their lead is already 306.

  • 16

    I'm not sure what the wisdom is in this spell from Duminy. Granted, there are two left-handers at the crease, but the ball isn't ragging square and they'd surely be more uncomfortable against the quicks in the morning. Warner drives to long-on to bring up his fifty, and Chris Rogers cruises into the 30s with a slog-sweep over deep square that's followed up by a deft little late cut. 10 runs flow from the bat in the over.

  • 15

    Well, here's Steyn, and he's bowled the first maiden of the morning. He seems to be walking with a very slight limp after his first delivery, but his pace isn't massively down - hovering in the late 130s - and he gets enough on the ball to beat Rogers' outside edge. What do you think? Should Steyn be risked in this situation? Send your responses to this - and to Smith's retirement - to cricket@365.co.za. We'd love to hear from you!

  • 14

    Are we seeing declaration bowling in the very first hour? The runs continue to leak from the South African bowling attack, with 10 more off this over from Duminy. Warner goes to 49 with a mow over wide long on for six. One has to ask whether it's even worth risking a serious injury to Steyn with the game in this position. Australia are setting themselves for a declaration, whether Steyn bowls or not.

  • 13

    Nope, South Africa definitely haven't got their field right this morning. Philander charges in and bounces Warner, which would be brave for a bowler of his pace at the best of times but with a massive gap on the leg side and no man patrolling the deep square leg boundary, it's a little foolhardy. As well as the boundary, there are singles to be had and this opening stand stretches Australia's lead a little further.

  • 12

    This is a strange move from Smith, considering the ball has seamed around a touch this morning. He brings JP Duminy on for a twirl. Duminy was on a hat-trick, having taken 2 in 2 in the first innings, but there's no threat of another dismissal despite a tidy first over for him today.

  • 11

    Another edge! And though there's a second slip in place now, the edge off Rogers' bat goes through the empty third slip position and down to third man for another boundary. With 8 runs off this Philander over, Australia have been cruising at a run a ball so far this morning, and the game is rapidly drifting away from South Africa.

  • Feedback - Retirements can make people all misty-eyed and nostalgic, but Kevin Munsamy thinks Smith's retirement has been due: "He has made a good decision as he leaves the team being number 1. Unfortunately he was been out of form for a long time now and this retirement is overdue. The selectors are biased as they put him time and time again on the team when there are many other players that could do a better job!"

  • 10

    Still no sign of Steyn as Abbott continues. Abbott settles into a good length, and his over is bookended by two singles.

  • 9

    Where are the slips? South Africa might have had a wicket in this over, but a thick edge off Warner's bat flies through the vacant 2nd/3rd slip area and down to third man for four. There's another close call two deliveries later, Philander landing one on the seam and the ball jagging in to Rogers' pads. The appeal is turned down, and South Africa appeal - but replays show it pitching *just* outside leg stump.

  • 8

    Yesterday afternoon it was Warner who lead Australia's charge, but it's all been Rogers this morning. He aims a second nuggety drive, off Kyle Abbott, through the covers for another boundary, and then earns four more via the outer half of the bat through gully. South Africa are leaking runs. Some other news from this morning is that Dale Steyn will have a bowl - and surely before too long.

  • 7

    Under bright, blew cloudless skies, Vernon Philander begins South Africa's effort on Day 4. Warner opens Australia's account with a flick just wide of mid-on for 1, and Philander then bursts a length delivery past Rogers' outside edge to show that there's still plenty of life in this track. But there is also profit to be had with confident shot-making, and Rogers responds with a firm drive through cover point for four.

  • Graeme Smith Retires - The South African captain made the big announcement overnight. He will quit all forms of international cricket at the end of this Test. Your tributes and opinions welcome here: cricket@365.co.za.

  • Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on day four of the third and final Test match between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.

  • Feedback - Richard asks: "What is the total SA have to get to avoid the follow on. How is it worked out?" Richard, South Africa need to get to within 200 runs of Australia's total - so as Australia scored 494, South Africa have to reach 295 to avoid the follow on.

  • Feedback - Some level-headed feedback on Graeme Smith from Alan Deasy. Smith may be averaging just over 8 in this series, but "I find it difficult to fathom the hostility towards Graeme Smith. In the last 2 test series prior to this he averaged 46.5 against India and nearly 97 against Pakistan. Yes this has been a difficult series but to question the class of the man when a series is still their to be saved is unfair and unjustified Form is transient but class is permanent. I say get behind your Captain and Country. It is they who have gotten you to the top of the ICC rankings."

  • Feedback - Adeel Khalid, meanwhile, seems to be rubbing his hands in glee at the Saffa situation: "I thinks its fantastic!!!! Just goes to show how good a captain & coach Clarke & Lehman are. You have to squeeze everything out of the situation, and i am 100% sure south Africa have managed to overcome all sorts of pressure over the years, but not pressure like this. Come on U AUSSIES!!!"

  • Feedback - Riaan has little sympathy for the South Africans in the midst of this Australian fast bowling barrage: " Dont like the heat and being No1...get out the kitchen."

  • 36

    WICKET! Well, it seemed du Plessis might have been the first one to crack under pressure, but in fact it's de Villiers who has fallen to Johnson. He leaned half forward into a flat-footed drive and edged a full ball to Michael Clarke in the slips. JP Duminy enters the cauldron. Dear readers, what do you make of Australia's aggressive and vocal tactics? Send your responses to cricket@365.co.za and I'll zap the best ones into the commentary.

  • Feedback - Kevin Munsamy's thoughts on Smith seem to reflect the general mood this morning. "Smith has been out of form for a while now, he needs to make way for a new captain. It appears to be favouritism from the selectors as they continuously put Smith in despite he's terrible performance time and time again."

  • Feedback - For Martin, Smith's captaincy could be even more of an issue than his batting form: "Graeme Smith has always had a serious issue with his technique ie. very closed grip, bat not coming down straight etc. Obviously, many coaches have tried to correct this, and all clearly have failed. At his age, I can't see him wanting to "re-create" his technique to prolong his career, and therein lies the big problem for SA. Smith is getting on a bit. He's not old by modern cricketer standards, but he is old in terms of his reflexes being able to mask the deficiencies of his technique. Being an opener just magnifies it all. And moving down the order and having an older ball to deal with doesn't seem a realistic option either. So, while he may have an excellent test average, his recent batting form simply doesn't add up to being a test opener. As an aside, I think his overall captaincy and tactics have left a lot to be desired too. In fact, even more so than his batting."

  • Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on day three of the third and final Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town. Your opinion welcome at: cricket@365.co.za

  • Stumps - Australia's day. Michael Clarke kept the opposition in suspense until minutes before play began, when he declared. As often happens at Newlands, the batting side lost early wickets, and Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris shared 7 wickets to bowl South Africa out for 287. Rogers and Warner have now extended Australia's lead to 234 runs. Can South Africa find a way out of this hole? Tune in tomorrow to find out!

  • 6

    And this is the last over the day, bowled by Abbott. It's a tame end to the day, Warner pinching a single and Rogers then dead-batting his way to stumps.

  • 5

    David Warner adds an emphatic full stop to the day's play with another boundary-laden Morkel over. He shovels powerful drives on both the off and leg sides, and then hands the strike over to Rogers to close out the session. Ah, hang on, we'll have one more over as Umpire Dharmasena reaches the non-strikers end at 17.59.

  • 4

    Kyle Abbott's line to Warner seemingly provides more of a challenge than Morkel's does, with the nuggety left-hander repeatedly propping half forward in defense. Abbott also hits the seam rather nicely, and beats the outside edge with one that nips away.

  • 3

    Warner, however, isn't shouldering arms. Not even close. He attacks the attack to Morkel once again, slashing a cut through cover point and then scooping a drive up and over the infield for three more. A shotless Chris Rogers doesn't look nearly as comfortable against Morkel's bounce, very nearly popping a catch to Duminy at a backward short leg.

  • 2

    Interestingly, it's Abbott, rather than Philander, who shares the early new-ball duty. Chris Rogers is keen to leave absolutely everything outside off stump - with just 15 minutes to go before the close - but Abbott surprise him with one that curves back in. There's a speculative lbw shout, but replays clearly show it pitched outside leg.

  • 1

    Morne Morkel takes the new ball for South Africa, and raps David Warner on the gloves straight away. But he loses his line thereafter, and Warner helps himself to a lapped for to fine leg and a brace of twos to make it 9 from the over.

  • Over 82.4 - SA 287/10- (Philander 37) - WICKET! Morkel hurls his bat merrily around in pursuit of quick runs, crunching a meaty pull shot to deep square leg for four, but then flashes outside off to be well caught by Watson off Pattinson. Now, will Michael Clarke enforce the follow-on?

  • 82

    WICKET! It doesn't take Johnson long to break through. Steyn uppercuts an adventurous boundary over the slips, but then guides the next ball straight to first slip. Johnson immediately comes round the wicket to Morne Morkel, with a leg slip and leg gully awaiting the uncontrolled fend, but South Africa's lanky no. 11 toughs the short-ball assault.

  • 81

    Ryan Harris takes the new ball, and finds a little extra pace through the air and bounce off the track with it. But Philander battles through the first hurdle, and bats out a maiden.

  • 80

    It's all happening in this over. Johnson struggles with a hamstring cramp, but has enough in him to get Steyn fending a brutal delivery over the slips, before pinging him flush on the front of the helmet with a bouncer. But Johnson is good to go, and Steyn can see the funny side, so no permanent damage on either side. Australia, meanwhile, have decided to take the new ball now that it's available.

  • 79

    Steyn is playing his shots! He wakes the crowd up by slamming a drive straight back down the ground off Harris, and then swipes a lofted shot in the same direction for two more. Will these shots convince Clarke to take the new ball as soon as it's due?

  • 78

    Steyn's not exactly getting in line - not even to Watson - but he's showing good application. He collects his second boundary off Watto, forcing the ball powerfully through the covers and playing the shot on the up.

  • 77

    Pattinson continues after the short interval, beginning with two big (reversing?) inswingers that strike Philander on the pad, but the first is going down leg and the second takes an inside edge. Some pace and bounce keeps Philander honest.

  • 76

    Even Watson's keen to bounce Steyn, but the South African no. 10 is unhurried as he sways out of the way. In fact, he seems pretty keen to play some shots, and swats another short, wide ball through point for four runs. And with that, we go to the final drinks break of the day at Newlands.

  • 75

    Dale Steyn, who only bowled 10 overs in Australia's innings due to a hamstring strain, has come out to have a bat. Pattinson greets him warmly with a bouncer and few choice words - perhaps asking for his comments on the lovely afternoon sunshine streaming across the ground - but Steyn is off the mark with a firm bunt down the ground soon after. He's running a little gingerly between the wickets ...

  • 74

    WICKET! Kyle Abbott will have been hoping for an easing off of the chin music with Harris and Johnson taken off, but he receives a bouncer from none other than Shane Watson and then has his off stump rattled by a full one. Will South Africa live to see the new ball? It's due in in six overs. Furthermore, do you reckon Australia will actually enforce the follow-on? Surely they'd be happy to let South Africa bat last even if they do bowl them out for fewer than 294. Send your responses to cricket@365.co.za and we'll publish the best of them.

  • 73

    Hello, this is an interesting move from Michael Clarke. He's brought Steve Smith back on, with an in-out field. Will Philander have a dash at the leggie? He sets himself to play his shots, but is sure to keep the ball along the ground. Abbott does the same, and the pinch two singles from the over. There was appreciable turn for Smith on a couple of those deliveries.

  • 72

    Well, is Philander going to shield Abbott from the strike? It appears not as he takes a single off the first ball of Johnson's over, leaving Abbott to fend, dodge and poke his way through the remaining five. To his credit, he does well to avoid being too rattled by the short ball, and keeps his bat close to his body despite to plays-and-misses outside off stump.

  • 71

    Tenacious stuff from Abbott. He leaves the first delivery alone - perhaps a little dangerously - and then weathers an lbw shout before tickling a low full toss down the leg side for two to get off the mark.

  • 70

    Johnson spears a few yorkers in at Philander's toes, but the South African allrounder is seeing the ball well enough now to keep them out. The scorecard will tell you that this was a maiden, but it's not for a lack of trying from Philander, who lashes out at a wide one but can't lay bat on ball. Johnson ends the over by offering him another one, fuller and wider, but this time Philander resists the temptation.

  • 69

    Kyle Abbott has four first-class fifties to his name, so he's no mug with the bat ... but it's unlikely he'll have faced too much like Johnson and Harris in his career. He'll also be, quite reasonably, a little nervous, so Philander's marshalling of the strike may be necessary. He takes five deliveries from Harris in this over, pushing the fifth through cover for three, and Abbott raises his arms to leave the sixth well alone.

  • 68

    WICKET! Faf du Plessis' stubborn innings has come to an end, and - surprise, surprise - it's Mitchell Johnson who breaks through. He speared one down full and wide (and reversing wider). Du Plessis pushed his weight forward into a drive, but the movement meant he couldn't control the stroke, and Warner held a sharp chance tumbling to his right at gully. Kyle Abbott does a decent impression of getting into line and seeing the ball, but his efforts aren't altogether convincing.

  • 67

    Ryan Harris comes back for yet another spell. Those knees have been put through quite a workout today, and he's been rewarded with three top-order wickets. But he's not snaking the reverse-swinging ball in quite as devilishly as he was earlier, and du Plessis whips a firm - if slightly uppish - boundary to midwicket before Harris sprays four byes down the leg side. South Africa nudge ever closer to that follow-on target.

  • 66

    Pattinson's line of attack remains wide of off stump, leaving it to the batsmen to decide when to play a shot. Du Plessis is doing a good job of making the right decision, and he and Philander add another three runs to the total.

  • 65

    Du Plessis is using that bottom hand to great effect against Lyon. He goes to fifty by jumping down the track and fetching one wide of mid-on, and then celebrates by crunching an even better shot in the same region using a similar technique. South Africa are inching towards the follow-on target. What have you all made of this partnership between du Plessis and Philander. They've shown an application that was missing from the top order, no? Send your responses to cricket@365.co.za - we'd love to hear from you!

  • 64

    Now Philander does have a boundary! And a very well hit one at that. Pattinson dug one in short and wide, and Philander slapped a cut behind point for four. Pattinson has charged in gamely, but he's not harried the batsmen as the other frontline seamers have today.

  • 63

    Du Plessis brings his bottom hand repeatedly into his shots as Lyon sticks to his round-the-wicket approach, shovelling the ball to midwicket and mid-on. For his part, Philander continues to do a good job of risk-free accumulation. He's into the 20s now, without a boundary to his plate.

  • 62

    Du Plessis is unperturbed by Pattinson's line wide of off, picking up two runs with a firm punch through cover and then picking which delivery to play and which to leave.

  • 61

    Lyon comes round the wicket to Philander, with a short leg in place. He offers generous flight on the ball, attempting to hang it in whatever breeze is coming off the mountain, but Philander stretches repeatedly forward in defense during the maiden.

  • 60

    A testing start from fast bowler James Pattinson, who snakes his first delivery in through the air to beat Philander's inside edge. A good take from Haddin saves byes, and Pattinson is now running in with his hands covering the ball - to stop the batsman from seeing which way he's hoping to swing it.

  • 59

    Nathan Lyon begins proceedings after the tea interval, and Newlands is bathed in bright afternoon sunshine. Faf du Plessis brings up his Cowan immediately, driving to long off, and the batsmen look busy straight away, paddling and nudging four runs from the over.

  • Tea - The first session brought both runs and wickets, and everything's been a lot more attritional after lunch. The South Africans have a master of attrition at the crease in Faf du Plessis, and if he can continue his limpet impression they could yet claw their way into a position of relative safety.

  • 58

    Johnson bustles through another high energy over, changing his angles nicely at the crease and testing the batsmen with the short ball. But du Plessis and Philander hold firm, and that's tea at Newlands.

  • 57

    Du Plessis flicks a leg-side Harris delivery very, very fine down the leg side, and though the keeper gets a glove to it he never looked like taking the catch. It's technically another drop, but a very tough chance. Du Plessis rubs it in by cracking the next ball to the cover boundary, bringing up the fifty partnership. We should get one more over in before Tea.

  • 56

    After a lull, it's Johnson time again. This will wake everyone up. A du Plessis singles gives him four deliveries to have a go at Philander, and his initial tactic is to test him outside off stump. That brings an outside edge, but it's half-controlled and dies well in front of gully. The bouncer, when it does come, is avoided with haste.

  • 55

    Faf is entering a zone from which it will be difficult to dislodge him. That rush of blood against Lyon aside, he's been immovable and there are already shades of his Adelaide knock in this innings. What's more, he's closing in on a Cowan (a 100-ball innings) as he plays out another over from Harris.

  • 54

    After working a couple of singles into the leg side, Philander stretches repeatedly forward in defense to Lyon. The offspinner isn't offering anything dramatic or any great fizz off the track, but he's been nicely accurate and should have had a wicket for his patient work.

  • 53

    Just the one over for Smith, and Ryan Harris comes back into the attack. He's just a little too straight in his comeback over, with du Plessis and then Philander clipping the ball productively through the leg side field.

  • 52

    Missed stumping! Haddin's kept so beautifully today, but things were getting just a little sleepy out there with spin from both ends. Lyon came round the wicket to du Plessis who, against the run of play, charged out of his crease and aimed a shot at Row M in the stands ... but ran straight past a non-turning ball. Haddin, though, couldn't even collect it. There's another gasp as du Plessis paddles one just past Doolan at short leg later in the over. After a quiet period, we've had two blips in three deliveries.

  • 51

    Clarke brings Steve Smith on for a twirl now, the blonde-haired legspinning batsmen swapping short-leg duties with Doolan. Smith's line is very straight, and it doesn't seem like he's getting much action on the ball as it generally breaks straight on. Five singles from the over.

  • 50

    Lyon's spell continues. It seems his job is to hold up an end and give the quicks a rest, which is understandable in these conditions. Lyon comes round the wicket, with a long on in place for du Plessis, and is milked for another three runs. He's not bowled a maiden today.

  • 49

    Pattinson's coming off a long absence from the Australian Test side, and he looks just a wee bit wild and woolly when he digs a bouncer in at his own feet and gives away five wides, the ball ballooning high over a leaping Haddin. His next bouncer, to Philander, is well directed, but the batsman is easily under it.

  • 48

    And Clarke has indeed tossed the ball to offspinner Nathan Lyon. He's got men at slip and short leg, but none of the close catchers are needed as the batsmen nudge him around for four runs in the over.

  • 47

    Well, if Philander's glide in the last over off Watson was confident, this one from du Plessis is even better. He chops down on a wide one from Pattinson to collect four to the vacant third man region. But the shot is a risky one, with so many men behind the bat, and with a hefty lead still in hand the Australians won't mind it.

  • 46

    Another Watto over is completed, and perhaps it's time for Clarke to have a look at Nathan Lyon. Watson's certainly swung the ball and has been mostly quite accurate, but there's not a lot of sting in his bowling. The batsmen swap singles, and Philander then aims a confident push through gully for three.

  • 45

    After every delivery, Faf walks off towards square leg to collect his thoughts. He's setting himself to play a long knock today, and his concentration's not wavered yet. He's not playing the ball if he doesn't have to, and his defence against Pattinson looks water-tight.

  • 44

    Philander is off the mark via the outer half of his bat, collecting two runs to third man, but there's not a shot in sight as he sees off another accurate Watson over. And that'll take us to the second drinks break of the day at Newlands.

  • 43

    A double change for Australia, with James Pattinson giving Harris the chance to have a blow after a great spell. Pattinson is a fair deal swifter than Watson through the air, and his last delivery hits the seam and explodes off the surface to leave du Plessis groping at thin air outside off stump. That's either come directly off the seam or hit a crack.

  • 42

    There's a slight dip in intensity as Watson replaces Johnson, but Watto does enough to keep du Plessis tight in defense. He's also getting the ball to swerve in quite sharply, but the batsmen combine to grind out another over.

  • 41

    Harris' length is remarkably consistent, the right-armer landing ball after ball on a good length on or around off stump. Philander plays nervously inside one that doesn't tail in to him, but is otherwise fairly resolute in defense.

  • 40

    Faf du Plessis holds Johnson back for another full over. He's got to try and take as much of the strike as possible in these difficult conditions, and does well to fend, block and scrape his way through a very swift over.

  • 39

    WICKET! Another batsman falls poking leaden-footed from the crease, this time Harris is the wicket-taker, Duminy departing. Perhaps leaden-footed is a little harsh, but he was slow to move into the shot and followed the ball as it left him. A confused stroke, and South Africa are really struggling.

  • 38

    Johnson continues, and du Plessis must be happy to get off strike with a hurried pull. Duminy is in line to defend, but when Johnson slings down a 151.4km/h bouncer to end the over, he can only duck into it and wears a bruising blow to the ribs.

  • 37

    One thing du Plessis has shown just in the last few minutes is better balance at the crease despite the ball reversing sharply in to him. He'd been struck on the pads a few times at the start of his knock, but now leans perfectly over a full, swinging delivery to collect for to fine leg. Harris is definitely getting more on the ball than Johnson.

  • 36

    WICKET! Well, it seemed du Plessis might have been the first one to crack under pressure, but in fact it's du Plessis who has fallen to Johnson. He leaned half forward into a flat-footed drive and edged a full ball to Michael Clarke in the slips. JP Duminy enters the cauldron. Dear readers, what do you make of Australia's aggressive and vocal tactics? Send your responses to cricket@365.co.za and I'll zap the best ones into the commentary.

  • 35

    Faf doesn't makes things easier for himself by having to leave the field for five minutes for ... a toilet break perhaps? He's noisily greeted back to the middle by the Australians, and manages to work a single off Harris to get off strike.

  • 34

    Du Plessis being given a thorough working over. He plays a defensive stroke, picks up the ball and tosses it back to Johnson, only to be descended upon from all sides by noisy Australians who don't like it. The Aussies are trying to get this ball reversing and they don't want the batsmen touching it.

  • 33

    Harris takes up the mantle after lunch and his very first delivery takes du Plessis' outside edge ... but falls short of second slip! There's a loud lbw shout when du Plessis falls over a Harris yorker, but there's some bat involved, and a very testing over comes to an end with a blow to the batsman's upper thigh. Harris is making this ball talk.

  • Lunch - After an overnight declaration, it's been Australia's session - mostly. South Africa's batsmen have not shied away from the fight, with Petersen counter-attacking in fine style despite the early loss of Smith. But neither Petersen nor Amla could make their efforts stick, and with a hefty total on the board it's wickets Australia are after. From here on in, the efforts of du Plessis, de Villiers and Duminy will be vital to South Africa's cause. Join us in half an hour or so for the second session.

  • 32

    Du Plessis nudges a single wide of mid-on, and de Villiers settles in to the striker's end to see South Africa to lunch. He adds two more to the total with a paddle-pull that is athletically stopped by Harris down at fine leg, and marches off in a manner most forthright once lunch is called.

  • 31

    With one eye on the clock, de Villiers settles into studied defense against Ryan Harris. There's one slight moment of alarm as he leaves a delivery alone even as it tails in to him and scoots past not too far at all from the off stump, but otherwise it's all pretty solid.

  • 30

    Pattinson swaps between a short length and a full one, bending his back into each delivery. De Villiers is stung on the shoulder by one of the shorter deliveries, but he remains firm on the front foot. Not long to go before lunch now.

  • 29

    WICKET! Harris has struck. Well, good form or none, there's not a lot to do against a delivery like this. Amla goes forward to drive once more, but Harris gets his first ball to dip and swerve in sharply, going through the gate and disturbing the stumps. Faf du Plessis faces a stern examination through the rest of the over, seemingly not edging one that cut in sharply through bat and pad and then being saved by the very same edge a few deliveries later when there's a vociferous lbw shout. Is this ball reversing? It does look like it.

  • 28

    South Africa's efforts continue to be peppered with boundaries. This time it's Amla again, cutting a short and wide delivery from Pattinson in front of point. Amla's look in good nick today.

  • 27

    After a watchful start against Australia's seamers, de Villiers does now go on the attack against Harris - who's the shortest of the quick men and so perhaps de Villiers isn't worried about excessive bounce as he swishes through a drive wide outside off. He rolled his wrists on the stroke to be sure to keep it down, and cracked it right out of the middle.

  • 26

    Pattinson replaces Johnson. His attempts to get de Villiers flashing outside off go unanswered, and when he attacks the stumps the batsman's defense is firm and committed. A maiden.

  • 25

    Ryan Harris returns to the attack, and quickly settles into the same line and length he'd found this morning. But this ball has aged, and Amla is in the mood for a dash outside off stump. He exhibits yet another fluid drive, whipping his wrists over the ball to hit the ball on the up, and away for another four.

  • 24

    The short ball continues to cause problems, but when Johnson pitches it up Amla is fluency personified with a checked punch for four through cover. I once described this shot as having a "sprung-coiled grace" and I believe that description is rather apt. Great to watch, and an enticing battle between bat and ball continues.

  • 23

    There are men all around the bat and a constant chatter in his ear, but a seemingly unflappable de Villiers reacts by stepping down the track to Lyon to smear a full ball straight down the ground. A statement of intent.

  • 22

    WICKET! Johnson breaks through, and Petersen falls after a counterattacking fifty. He'd played pretty well, but couldn't control an attempted glance off a ball that passed him down the leg side at rib height. He might've tried to duck the delivery, or move inside it, but he's been a shot-playing mood for the last 15 or 20 minutes and so thrust the bat out at it. Ball kissed glove and settled in Haddin's gloves, and that was that.

  • 21

    Lyon has not been averse to floating the ball up outside off stump, and Amla is happy to take the bait as he drives handsomely through cover for another boundary. Clarke takes leg slip out after the shot. There's not been a great deal in the way of turn and bounce this morning.

  • 20

    Another Johnson over is bravely negotiated by Petersen. He looks to work the straight ball to leg - not altogether successfully - and when Johnson slips in a bouncer Petersen drops his hands and wears a stinging blow to the upper arm. Ouch.

  • 19

    Both Amla and Petersen are searching for runs to rotate the strike against Lyon, but Amla is fortunate as an uppish drive goes through the gap at cover. Proactive stuff, but a wicket will bring Australia right back into the game.

  • 18

    Clarke's had enough, and he brings Johnson back in the hope of snapping this stand. But with the field set for the short ball, Petersen eases to fifty with a punched three through the vacant mid-off, and Amla makes sure to dodge and drop his hands on the inevitable bouncers he receives.

  • 17

    Nathan Lyon comes on for a mid-morning twirl with a short leg, slip and leg slip in place. But Amla's mood mirrors Petersen's and he flashes a cover drive through the field for his second boundary. Petersen, perhaps, should actually just cool it a little. He moves to 48 with a reverse sweep ...

  • 16

    Well, Petersen needs no warm-up after the interval, and in fact whatever was in his drink seems to have put some real verve into his strokes. He begins with a rather loose flash through gully which was, fortunately for him, not directed at a catching fielder, and follows that up with a short-arm jab over midwicket. The best shot of the over - and, indeed, the innings - is a checked cover drive that threads the field and gives Petersen his third boundary in the over. He's motoring along at a run a ball now.

  • 15

    Amla, who's looked a little fidgety at the crease, is off the mark with a punch down the ground that's half stopped by a diving Johnson. His second scoring stroke off Watson is even better, and his touch is superb as he middles a drive - on the up - past mid-off. That went to a boundary in a flash, and takes us to Drinks at Newlands.

  • 14

    Petersen moves through the 20s with a confident pull off Pattinson, the ball going in front of square to the leg-side boundary, but then comes very, very close to being caught at point by a diving Lyon. Petersen flashed a drive square, and Lyon actually got half a hand to it as he leapt to his left. Replays show Pattinson was also very close to over-stepping with that delivery, so mark it down as a half-chance.

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  • 13

    Watson continues, with a short, straight mid-on placed right in the batsmen's eyeline. His line is better in this over - tight without slipping into the leg side - and just a single run comes off the over.

  • 12

    WICKET! Great comeback for Pattinson. Great cricket all round from Australia. The bowler had Elgar hopping at the crease with one that cut in and through him, taking a thick inside edge. Haddin leapt cat-like to his right, having had to change direction after the nick, and held it cleanly. That'll set South Africa back once again after some good work in the middle.

  • 11

    A double change for the Australians, with Shane Watson being wheeled out for a trundle. Watto makes up for what he lacks in pace with a brusque attitude towards the batsman, picking the ball up after a defensive stroke and hurling it back down the pitch to have Petersen scuttling into his crease and almost tumbling over his own stumps. But what's missing is accuracy, and Petersen collects a brace of boundaries through the leg side thanks to Watson's line. Your commentator today is Liam Brickhill, by the way, and if you'd like to connect outside of comms and feedback via cricket@365.co.za, I tweet through @gomorezvidinha.

  • 10

    James Pattinson replaces Mitchell Johnson. He begins with a no-ball, and then is a little too straight to Petersen, who nudges two runs to long leg and then picks up four with a very fine glance off the hip that keeps a diving Haddin interested. These batsmen are settling nicely now.

  • 9

    Nuggety, tenacious batting from Elgar. He's beaten on the outside edge by one that nips away, but leans into a similar delivery with a hunched drive straight afterwards to collect four down the ground. Despite the boundary, Harris' figures are still a fine 5-3-9-1. People, here's a question: how worried should South Africa be about Smith's form? He's failed in all three first innings in this series, facing a total of 19 deliveries. Send your responses to cricket@365.co.za

  • 8

    Johnson is rankled by an Elgar glide that brings four behind point - all of them run, and aided by a poor return from Warner - and immediately switches to round the wicket, with three slips, a gully, a leg gully, a short leg and even a fly slip in place. But Elgar survives the barrage, gets off strike and Petersen helps South Africa further with a neat clip for four off his legs.

  • 7

    Harris doesn't have quite the same menace as Johnson does, but he harries the batsmen on off stump, and gives no quarter. Another maiden, the fourth of the morning.

  • 6

    Phew, fearsome stuff from Johnson! Elgar and Petersen dodge, duck and defend a series of 150km/h missiles, but scrap hard enough to survive. It can't be very pleasant out there.

  • 5

    WICKET! Smith is caught behind! There's not much he could've done about this. Harris has been bending the ball this way and that, and zoning in on an off stump line. Smith had to play at this one, but it left him through the air and off the pitch to take the outside edge. There's good carry off the track, and Haddin holds a simple catch. Australia strike!

  • 4

    Johnson's pace, particularly as he approaches 150km/h, is just a bit too much for Petersen, though the South African opener's technique allows him to hold fast when the ball threatens the stumps. But he's beaten driving outside off by one that whizzes through at 149km/h, and will have to work hard to get through this opening spell.

  • 3

    Harris operates with three slips and a gully to Smith, and that flexible wrist of his is being put to good use. He draws Smith forward with full deliveries curving in towards him, and pulls the length back ever so slightly when he gets the ball to move away. The Australians reckon Harris has pinned Smith lbw off the final delivery of the over, but Umpire Dharmasena disagrees. Clarke calls for a review, but the ball is clearly missing off, so that's a waste.

  • 2

    Johnson barely needs a loosener before he hits his straps, thundering in and whanging the ball down at a very rapid pace. His second delivery keeps a little low, and Petersen is very late on a bottom-edged drive that bounces in front of slip. Petersen is off the mark with a nudge off the hip, and Smith adds another run of his own with a similar stroke. There's a full cordon behind these openers, and a man at short leg.

  • 1

    Ryan Harris takes the new ball for Australia under overcast skies. South Africa asked for a light roller on this track after Australia's declaration, and there are few signs of any demons in the pitch after Harris' first over. He cocks his wrist to wobble the ball either way through the air, and beats Smith's outside edge early in the over, but the South African Test captain is off the mark with a crunched drive behind point.

  • Overnight Declaration - Indeed, Australia have declared overnight. So their total stays on 494 for seven, as captain Michael Clarke forsakes the opportunity to score a double century, instead chasing a win in a series decider heavily affected by inclement weather.

  • Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on day three of the third and final Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.

  • Close Of Play, Day Two - That's that, folks. The umpires have decided enough is enough. The waiting is over - and we'll be back on Monday. Inclement weather allowed for less than 40 overs today, during which Michael Clarke's unbeaten 161 consolidated Australia's command. At 494 for seven, and probably in pursuit of 550-plus, the visitors will no doubt pursue a quick declaration come Monday. Here's hoping Mum Nature and her sodden mood play the game too. Cheers, until then.

  • - Play has officially been called off for the day. A day that yet again belonged to Australia who ended on 497/7. Clarke leading from the front on 161 not out. South Africa will need a tremendous effort with the bat to give themselves any hope of a positive result in this test match. Join us tomorrow for the third day's play. Play is expected to start at 10am.

  • Over 125 Aus 480/5 (Clarke 157, Haddin 7) - Duminy drifts into Clarke's pads and is easily worked to deep mid wicket for a single. The weather looks to be getting worse as the clouds build up over the mountain. Haddin cuts to deep cover for a single.

  • Rain: Over 127.4 Aus 494/7 (Clarke 161, Harris 4 ) - Slight drizzle has started to fall. Clarke works Philander to the leg side for a single. Top edge from Harris as he tries to pull, the ball flies over the keeper, four runs. The rain is falling quite hard now and play has been stopped

  • Wicket: Over 127 Aus 489/7 (Clarke 158, Harris 0 ) - Clarke comes down the wicket to Duminy, slices it away to deep cover for a single. Wicket! Duminy gets his third wicket. Haddin looking for quick runs tried to go over mid off, didn't get enough on it, Amla takes his second catch of the match. Big appeal for caught behind! Umpire says not out. The South Africans have sent it upstairs. Wicket! the decision has been over turned. Johnson got a faint edge down the leg side good catch from De Villiers. Duminy will be on a hatrick for his first ball of the next over.

  • Over 126 Aus 486/5 (Clarke 158, Haddin 12) - Philander into the attack. Haddin drives, the ball was in the air for while, but managed to beat mid off, four runs. Haddin pulls strongly ,one run to deep mid wicket. Slight change in tactics as Philander tries a few bouncers to Clarke. Philander doesn't have the pace to trouble Clarke who picks up a single.

  • Over 125 Aus 480/5 (Clarke 157, Haddin 7) - Duminy drifts into Clarke's pad and is easily worked to deep mid wicket for a single. The weather looks to be getting worse as the clouds build up over the mountain. Haddin cuts to deep cover for a single.

  • Over 124 Aus 478/5 (Clarke 156, Haddin 6) - Abbott drops it short and Clarke pulls powerfully over the fielder at mid wicket, four runs. That boundary brings up his 150. Wonderful innings by the Australian captain, leading from the front. Clarke is going from strength to strength as he drives on the up, through the covers, two more runs. Single to end the over.

  • Over 121 Aus 466/5 (Clarke 149, Haddin 1) - More sloppy fielding from Philander, Haddin was well short of his ground but a poor throw gives the Australians another let off. Clarke picks up two runs. Haddin off the mark with single to deep cover. Two off the Duminy over.

  • Over 123 Aus 471/5 (Clarke 149, Haddin 6) - Haddin on the attack now as he lofts Duminy over mid off for four. Good follow up by Duminy five dot balls to end the over.

  • Over 122 Aus 467/5 (Clarke 149, Haddin 2) - Haddin tries to work the ball leg side gets an inside edge on to the pad, one run. Good over from Abbott just one off the over.

  • Over 121 Aus 466/5 (Clarke 149, Haddin 1) - More sloppy fielding from Philander, Haddin was well short of his ground but a poor throw gives the Australians another let off. Clarke picks up two runs. Haddin off the mark with single to deep cover.

  • Over 120 Aus 462/5 (Clarke 146, Haddin 0) - Wonderful cover drive from Clarke, Abbot pitches it up and Clarke is on to it in a flash, four runs. Clarke picks up a single to deep square leg.

  • Wicket: Over 119 Aus 457/5 (Clarke 140, Haddin 0) - Slightly short from Duminy and Watson cuts to deep cover for a single. Clarke works it leg side for a single. Six runs! Watson launches another slog sweep over mid wicket for six. WICKET! Duminy has his man. Watson looking for another maximum miss times it and Amla takes a safe catch at deep mid on.

  • Wicket: Over 119 Aus 456/5 (Clarke 140, Haddin 0) - Slightly short from Duminy and Watson cuts to deep cover for a single. Clarke works it leg side for a single. Six runs! Watson launches another slog sweep over mid wicket for six. WICKET! Duminy has his man. Watson looking for another maximum miss times it and Amla takes a safe catch at deep mid on.

  • Over 118 Aus 448/4 (Clarke 139, Watson 33) - Abbott has bowled really good areas today keeping things tight. Clarke manages to pick up a single on the leg side. Watson pushes into the cover for a single. Just two off the over.

  • Over 117 Aus 446/4 (Clarke 138, Watson 32) - Duminy continues, Watson picks up a single to deep mid wicket. Clarke drives strongly to deep cover for another single. Two off the over.

  • Over 116 Aus 444/4 (Clarke 137, Watson 31) - Good first over from Abbott. Finds the edge but drops short of gully . Good stop from Du Plessis. Maiden over.

  • Over 115 Aus 444/4 (Clarke 137, Watson 31) - Duminy to bowl the first over. Watson makes his intention clear as he slog sweeps Duminy for six, follow with a four straight over the bowls head. 10 off the over.

  • - Welcome back to the second session of day two. So far it has been plain sailing for the Aussies. Clarke and Watson will be looking to try accelerate the scoring rate. Can South Africa cause any problems for the Australia batsmen?

  • Lunch: - And that is lunch on day two. Another great session for Australia, as Michael Clarke notched up another test match hundred. Steve Smith played really well and probably deserved a hundred. He was bowled by Elgar for 84. Australia are dominating this test match.

  • Lunch: - And that is lunch on day two. Another great session for Australia, as Michael Clarke notched up another test match hundred. Steve Smith played really well and probably deserved a hundred. He was bowl by Elgar for 84. Australia are dominating this test match.

  • Over 114 Aus 434/4 (Clarke 137, Watson 21) - Elgar to bowl the last over before lunch. Elgar drifts onto the pads, Clarke works it easily for a single. Six runs! Watson goes over mid off. There was chance for Philander to take a catch. Watson was looking to go over mid on, but sliced it, Philander didn't see the ball until it was too late. That was poor fielding from Philander.

  • Over 114 Aus 425/4 (Clarke 137, Watson 21) - Elgar to bowl the last over before lunch. Elgar drifts onto the pads, Clarke works it easily for a single. Six runs! Watson goes over mid off. There was chance for Philander to take a catch. Watson was looking to go over mid on, but sliced it, Philander didn't see the ball until it was too late. That was poor fielding from Philander.

  • Over 113 Aus 425/4 (Clarke 136, Watson 13) - Duminy into the attack for the first time today. Clarke picks up a single on the leg side. Watson works it off his pad to mid wicket for a single. Two runs off the over.

  • Over 112 Aus 425/4 (Clarke 136, Watson 13) - Duminy into the attack for the first time today. Clarke picks up a single on the leg side. Watson works it off his pad to mid wicket for a single. Two runs off the over.

  • Over 112 Aus 423/4 (Clarke 135, Watson 12) - Watson drives to deep cover for a single. Slight bit of turn for Elgar. Clarke picks up a couple. Clarke drives on the up, slightly upish, but four runs no the less. Single to end the over. Australia are going along well.

  • Over 111 Aus 415/4 (Clarke 128, Watson 11) - Clarke picks up a single on the leg side. Morkel bangs it in short Watson cuts powerfully, the ball flies over gully, four runs. Morkel goes full and Watson works the ball through mid off for three. Bouncer to end the over

  • Over 110 Aus 415/4 (Clarke 128, Watson 11) - Clarke picks up a single on the leg side. Morkel bangs it in short Watson cuts powerfully, the ball flies over gully, four runs. Morkel goes full and Watson works the ball through mid off for three. Bouncer to end the over

  • Over 109 Aus 404/4 (Clarke 125, Watson 3) - Almost a run out! Watson looking for a third is sent back by Clarke. Throw from the deep slightly too high. Watson would of been gone with a better throw. 5 dot balls to finish the over.

  • Wicket: Over 108 Aus 402/4 (Clarke 125, Watson 1) - Lovely shot from Clarke, skips down the pitch and lofts it over mid wicket, four runs, brings up the 400. Another single as Clarke works to mid wicket. Wicket ! Elgar has struck. The ball was short and wide, Smith tries to cut it, but only manages to drag it onto the stumps. Smith must be kicking himself it was probably the worst ball of the day. Huge ibw appeal! Umpire says not out. Smith has sent it upstairs. Not out, Inside edge. Watson survives.

  • Wicket: Over 108 Aus 401/4 (Clarke 125, Watson 0) - Lovely shot from Clarke, skips down the pitch and lofts it over mid wicket, four runs, brings up the 400. Another single as Clarke works to mid wicket. Wicket ! Elgar has struck. The ball was short and wide, Smith tries to cut it, but only manages to drag it onto the stumps. Smith must be kicking himself it was probably the worst ball of the day. Huge ibw appeal! Umpire says not out. Smith has sent it upstairs. Not out, Inside edge. Watson survives.

  • Over 107 Aus 396/3 (Clarke 120, Smith 84) - Slight bit of movement for Morkel as he beats Smith, hits him on the thigh. Followed up with a good bouncer, Smiths thinks about a pull shot but decides to leave it. Good tight over for Morkel. Maiden over.

  • Over 106 Aus 396/3 (Clarke 120, Smith 84) - Clarke works Elgar behind square on the leg side for a couple. Clarke miss times a flick through the leg side, just wide of Amla, pick up two more. Four off the over.

  • Over 106 Aus 395/3 (Clarke 120, Smith 84) - Clarke works Elgar behind square on the leg side for a couple. Clarke miss times a flick through the leg side, just wide of Amla, pick up two more. Four off the over.

  • Over 105 Aus 391/3 (Clarke 116, Smith 84) - Morkel looking to trouble Clarke with the short ball. Clarke equal to the challenge plays it well. Good bowling from Morkel goes full on leg stump, Clarke was expecting the short ball, no run. Clarke picks up a single to deep mid wicket. Smith lofts another straight drive over Morkel, four runs.

  • Over 104 Aus 385/3 (Clarke 115, Smith 80) - Elgar drops it short Smith cuts for a easy single. Clarke drives to deep cover for another single. Two off the over. Both batsmen are looking very comfortable at the crease.

  • Over 103 Aus 383/3 (Clarke 114, Smith 79) - Morkel continues over the wicket to Smith. Morkel is hitting some good areas, Smith up to the challenge leaving well outside the off stump. Smith works the ball to mid wicket for a single.

  • Over 102 Aus 381/3 (Clarke 114, Smith 78) - Elgar brought into the attack. Clarke picks a an easy single. Smith works it off his pads for a single. Clarke comes down the pitch, works it to mid wicket, pick up another two runs. 4 runs off the over.

  • Over 101 Aus 377/3 (Clarke 111, Smith 77) - Morkel into the attack now. South Africa really need a wicket. Wow, Smith is really taking the attack to South Africa as he lofts Morkel over mid off for another six. Four dots to finish.

  • 100: Over 100 Aus 371/3 (Clarke 111, Smith 71) - What a shot! Philander pitches it up and Smith launches it straight down the ground for six. Smith picks up a single. Clarke on strike. His done it! Hundred to Clarke. Wonderful innings from Michael Clarke, brave innings, he was hit a number times throughout the innings but kept his composure and brought up another test match hundred. Clarke looks like a different player after reaching his hundred picks up two boundaries to end the over.

  • Over 99 Aus 352/3 (Clarke 99, Smith 64) - Abbott to Smith, picks up a single on the leg side. Clarke on strike. Two dot balls Clarke has now been on 99 for 21 balls. Clarke drive strongly but can't get it through. Just one off the over

  • Over 97 Aus 344/3 (Clarke 99, Smith 56) - Abbott continues to Clarke on 99. Clarke still searching for a single as he pushes into the cover, still no run. Great fielding by Du Plessis in the gully, diving stop prevents any runs. Another maiden from Abbott. This is really good bowling keeping the pressure on Clarke.

  • Over 96 Aus 344/3 (Clarke 99, Smith 56) - Philander strays onto the pads again, this time Smith puts it away through mid wicket for four. Great shot. Philander finds a good area outside offstump, 5 dots to finish.

  • Over 98 Aus 351/3 (Clarke 99, Smith 63) - Wonderful shot from Smith, strokes it through the cover for four. Philander gets too straight, Smith works it off his pads two more. Smith picks up a single, Clarke on strike. Dot ball.

  • Over 97 Aus 340/3 (Clarke 99, Smith 56) - Abbott continues to Clarke on 99. Clarke still searching for a single as he pushes into the cover, still no run. Great fielding by Du Plessis in the gully, diving stop prevents any runs. Another maiden from Abbott. This is really good bowling keeping the pressure on Clarke.

  • Over 96 Aus 340/3 (Clarke 99, Smith 56) - Philander strays onto the pads again, this time Smith puts it away through mid wicket for four. Great shot. Philander finds a good area outside offstump, 5 dots to finish.

  • Over 95 Aus 340/3 (Clarke 99, Smith 52) - Abbott continues to Clarke who has been on 99 for quite a while now. Good bowling from Abbott as he keeps the pressure on by hitting good areas. Great delivery, gets one to jag back .Clarke leaves the ball which just goes over the top. Another maiden.

  • Over 94 Aus 340/3 (Clarke 99, Smith 52) - Philander beats Smith outside the off stump. Smith picks up his first runs of the morning. Played with soft hands, 2 runs behind square on the offside.

  • Over 93 Aus 338/3 (Clarke 99, Smith 50) - Huge mix up, Clarke send Smith backs would of been well short of his ground. Duminy can't hit the target. Clarke remains on 99. Maiden over from Abbott as he keeps the pressure on Clarke who is desperate for single.

  • Over 92 Aus 338/3 (Clarke 99, Smith 50) - Lovely shot from Clarke as Philander strays on to the pads, Clarke puts it away through mid wicket for four. Sharp single, direct hit could of been out Clarke moves to 99. Three dots to finish

  • 91

    Big ibw appeal! Smith decides not to go upstairs. Good decision, the ball was missing the stumps down the leg side. Better over from Abbott as beats Smith again half a shout but the was ball clearly going over the top. Another maiden.

  • Over 90- Aus 333/3 (Clarke 94, Smith 50) - Similar to the first over Philander hits some good areas without really threatening. Clarke picks up a couple behind square. He moves on to 94

  • 89

    Abbott starts the day with a good over. Smith is watchful as he leaves four of the first six balls No signs of any movement so far. Maiden over to start.

  • - Australia dominated the play yesterday ending on 331 for three with Clarke and Smith unbeaten on 92 and 50 respectively. While Warner notched up his second century of the tour. The South African bowlers will be hoping for some movement early on as the ball is just 6 overs old and overhead conditions are overcast and should assist swing. If South Africa don't manage to get early wickets it could be a long day in the field.

  • Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on day two of the third and final Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.

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  • Close: - That's the end of a day where South Africa have struggled - the pitch has seemed to be a batsman's paradise so far, and the Proteas were taken apart by a fiery innings from David Warner, who accelerated the scoring in the first half of the day, eventually falling for 135. The loss of Dale Steyn due to a hamstring niggle hit them hard as well, but they couldn't make the breakthroughs to put the Aussies under any sort of consistent pressure. Elgar and Duminy have bowled more overs than anticipated, allowing comfortable runs to be scored against them and releasing any pressure created at the other end by a fired-up Morne Morkel.

  • Over 88 Aus 331/3 (Clarke 93, Smith 50) - Into the nineties goes Michael Clarke, square-driving Vernon Philander through the gap - Vern follows up with a snorter on a good length, Clarke well-beaten as he tries to defend. He succeeds with the last ball of the day, showing the full face of the bat - back to the bowler, no run and the umpires call stumps to end the day's play. It's been all Australia, and their captain is nearing a welcome Test century after having struggled recently - he'll start up again tomorrow with 92 to his name. Steven Smith is with him on 50 not-out, and these two will look to push on in building a substantial, and potentially match-winning, total.

  • Over 87 Aus 327/3 (Clarke 88, Smith 50) - Morkel has resumed his attack from around the wicket to captain Clarke - he really roughed him up earlier, hitting him on several occasions. Oh, here we go - that ball was dug in short, and Clarke defended in front of his face. Hit in the hand, on the thumb it looks like. He's called for the team physio to come on and have a look - it banged into his bottom hand at pace. Luckily for him, the ball didn't shoot off the hand to one of the waiting fielders - there's a slip, gully and leg-gully all licking their lips as he takes guard again. Clarke fends the next ball down into the off-side and immediately calls for a sharp single - Hashim Amla swoops in and has a crack at the timber at the bowler's end. Miss, no-one backing up and that spits away off the turf to go for overthrows - five runs from one ball, that. Fifty up for Steve Smith with an audacious shot over third-man for four - upper-cut, a real T20 shot that would have got under the skin of Morne Morkel. Entertaining and run-filled over!

  • - More part-time spin now from Duminy - Smith trying to get as many overs in as he can before the close.

  • Over 70 Aus 256/3 (Clarke 56, Smith 12) - Dean Elgar will have a dart now, and Clarke comes down the track. He almost walks past it, beaten in the flight and recovers by padding the ball away - that could have ended rather poorly for him there! He punches one away to mid-wicket for an easy single, Smith rotating the strike back to him by working one to the on-side as well. Ten overs to go until the second new ball can be taken by the fielding side - time for a quick drinks break, folks.Twenty overs left in the days' play, but I'm not sure we'll get those in.

  • - Here's Kyle Abbott for the Proteas - lots of pressure on him now that Dale Steyn is out of the attack.

  • - Bowling change - JP Duminy enters the fray. He's only bowled three overs so far today, in comparison to Elgar's eight.

  • Over 86 Aus 318/3 (Clarke 83, Smith 46) - Steven Smith faces up to Big Vern, four short of a half-century. He doesn't look to attack, leaving well and defending as the bowler tries to coax an error out of him late in the day. Maiden over, as the shadows lengthen here at Newlands.

  • Over 85 Aus 318/3 (Clarke 83, Smith 46) - Short outside off, pulled away hard by Clarke through mid-wicket for four - take that, Morne Morkel. That wasn't very good from the bowler, and he's punished again for straying short and wide, this time through the off-side as Clarke cuts hard through gully. Runs are coming all too easily, but there's a chance - the batsman tries to pull...top-edge, and it goes high into the air, dropping short of Robin Peterson, running in off the boundary and diving in an attempt to take the catch. Oh dear...that's the second catch he's dropped in this series whilst he's been on the field as a substitute. They take two runs as well to rub a little salt in the wound - Clarke is now in the eighties, with fifteen minutes left in the day's play. Can he get there tonight?

  • Over 84 Aus 308/3 (Clarke 73, Smith 46) - Horrible ball from Vernon Philader to start, wide and full - Smith leans out as far as he can to reach it, opening the face to steer it behind point for four. That's the triple-hundred mark for the visitors, and Smith adds to it immediately with another boundary in the same area, this time from a more orthodox-looking force off the back-foot. That took a thick edge, but did enough to beat the man positioned at gully. Vernon bowls a better line but then strays again, too straight and too full to give the batsman a real "gimme" - Smith obliges with four more, wide of long-off. It's all looking oh-so-easy out there at the moment, and Steven Smith in particular is cashing in . Half-century approaching now for young man.

  • Over 83 Aus 296/3 (Clarke 73, Smith 34) - A little bit of swing for Morne Morkel, but its pitched too wide and moves away - easy enough for the captain to deal with. He tries to force one away, playing down towards gully but the fielder does well to intercept it as it almost bounces over his head. A bit too wide from Morkel in this come-back over, and errs on the full side to allow Clarke to drive him down the ground for two runs, mid-on having to turn on his heels and give chase. Australia approaching 300 now.

  • Over 82 Aus 294/3 (Clarke 71, Smith 34) - Morne Morkel begins warming up as the fourth official stands on the boundary ropes waiting for Dean Elgar to finish his over - guess the Proteas are going to have a late flurry after all. Just the one run for Michael Clarke, as one from the bowler stays a little low. He does well to jam his bat on it, forcing it to leg. The extra half-hour has been enforced, and Morkel has the new cherry in hand. Here we go, folks.

  • Over 81 Aus 293/3 (Clarke 70, Smith 34) - Well, there's your answer folks, as Duminy continues his spell - no new ball taken. Three runs from this, the ninth over from Jean-Paul, as Clarke helps himself to two of them.

  • Over 80 Aus 290/3 (Clarke 68, Smith 33) - Good square-cut from Smith, beating point and forcing the dive from Morne Morkel on the sweeper boundary to save two - two more runs for the man who represents the Sydney Sixers in the BBL. Eighty overs have come and gone, with the second new ball now on offer to Graeme Smith and co - will they take it, though? Remember, Dale Steyn is out of the picture and out of the attack.

  • Over 79 Aus 288/3 (Clarke 66, Smith 31) - Duminy getting through this over quickly - it helps that these two batsman aren't looking to take too many risks now so late in the day. Just the single for Steven Smith, a wide half-volley bunted down to a widish long-off to move him to 31 not-out.

  • Over 78 Aus 287/3 (Clarke 68, Smith 30) - There's a pretty decent beer snake going around in the crowd at Newlands - usually a sign that the crowd is getting a little bored and restless. Smith makes the most of his footwork again, another single down to long-on his reward as he moves into the thirties. These two are content with milking the spinner, secure in the knowledge that there isn't much turn or dip to have to negate.

  • Over 77 Aus 283/3 (Clarke 66, Smith 28) - Interesting move as a man moves into a catching position right next to the non-striker - a short-mid-off, perhaps? He is almost on the pitch, waiting for anything clipped in the air from Smith. The batsman is not falling for it, however, content to defend with a straight bat back to the bowler - no runs.

  • Over 76 Aus 283/3 (Clarke 66, Smith 28) - Oh yes, more great timing from Smith as he lofts Elgar down the ground for six runs, the second of the innings. Both of them have been off Elgar, by the way - good footwork from the Australian, picking up the pace a little in the last couple of overs..

  • Over 75 Aus 275/3 (Clarke 65, Smith 21) - Play can extend to 6pm SA time today, and most likely will seeing as the over-rate has been slow from South Africa today. Sixteen overs still allotted for day one - not sure if we'll be able to fit those in in 55 minutes or so. Meanwhile, Abbott is still bowling a good line to the Australian captain, although an attempted bouncer down leg won't trouble the well-set man.A clip past wide mid-on is timed beautifully by Smith, that made a great sound as it came off the bat - four runs! That was a half-volley, and Abbott seems to have tired visibly on the back-end of that over.

  • Over 74 Aus 269/3 (Clarke 64, Smith 17) - A single off to deep cover for Steven Smith and a run down to long-off for Clarke start off another Dean Elgar over, before Smith paddles a full one around the corner to fine-leg for two. Easy for these two to work the part-timer around the wicket for ones and twos, no real threat of turn or guile from the left-handed Knights man.

  • Over 73 Aus 263/3 (Clarke 62, Smith 13) - Long-leg does the fielding as Michael Clarke clips Abbott into the area for two. He leaves a couple before defending into the covers as well as mid-on. Kyle Abbott is bowling tightly, good lengths as well to keep things fairly quiet at the moment - that's his fifteenth over of the day done and dusted.

  • Over 72 Aus 261/3 (Clarke 60, Smith 13) - Three runs for Clarke off Elgar, cut past point a little dangerously. Steve Smith gets forward to one that's flighted a little more, biffing it down to long-on to add one to his score - he 's on 13 now from 45 deliveries. The partnership between these two is nearing fifty now as well - the Proteas will be desperate to grab a few more wickets this evening to try and peg Australia back. It's all the tourists at the moment, though.

  • Over 71 Aus 256/3 (Clarke 56, Smith 12) - Kyle Abbott provides us with a change in bowling, with two slips in place for Steven Smith. Short of a length, asking the batsman to play - Smith defends with a straight bat, surprised by the last ball of the over that happened onto him a little quicker than he expected. Rapped on the gloves, he dropped a hand off the bat to ensure that the ball didn't pop up for a catch close-in. Good over from Abbott.

  • Over 70 Aus 256/3 (Clarke 56, Smith 12) - Dean Elgar will have a dart now, and Clarke comes down the track. He almost walks past it, beaten in the flight and recovers by padding the ball away - that could have ended rather poorly for him there! He punches one away to mid-wicket for an easy single, Smith rotating the strike back to him by working one to the on-side as well. Ten overs to go until the second new ball can be taken by the fielding side - time for a quick drinks break, folks.

  • Over 69 Aus 219/3 (Clarke 54, Smith 10) - Half-shout from the bowler as Smith plays back, but he's hit far too high on the leg for that to be given out LBW. The batsman goes for a pull to mid-wicket but doesn't come close to middling it, the ball spluttering innocuously toward a fielder. No runs this time from the over, Morkel's third of the innings.

  • Over 68 Aus 252/3 (Clarke 54, Smith 10) - Clarke uses his feet, as he so loves to do against the spinners, and that's clouted wide of the man at mid-off for a boundary. Up comes his fifty from a clip off his pads, fist-bump with his partner Smith as the dressing-room show their appreciation as well. Two runs for Steven as he leans back to jab Duminy in front of point. Morkel is the sweeper fielder running around to clean up, but can't prevent them from running two. Ten runs from that over, as Clarke went to his 28th fifty for his country in the longest form.

  • Over 67 Aus 219/3 (Clarke 45, Smith 9) - Morkel sends down a ripper to Steven Smith, beaten as he tried to cut it with no foot movement to speak of. The ball then slams into his pad as he tries to glance the ball away, but that was going to miss leg-stump quite easily. he gets it right, though, by getting to the pitch of a fuller one and stroking it smartly through the covers. Four runs, nicely done by the 24-year-old.

  • Over 66 Aus 238/3 (Clarke 45, Smith 5) - Short, wide, crack - that's four runs to Michael Clarke, cutting through point. Horrible ball from Duminy, duly punished. He's edging closer to what will be a most-welcome half-century after having struggled for a little while in Australian colours.

  • Over 65 Aus 231/3 (Clarke 39, Smith 4) - Great stop by Hashim Amla in the covers to deny the captain a run as he punched hard off the back-foot. Morkel has another go at bouncing him, but can't direct this one as well as it sails harmlessly high over the batsman's head for AB to deal with. He just misses out on a boundary down to long-on as he banged an on-drive through mid-on, the man chasing able to haul it in before it crossed the line to save one.

  • Over 58 Aus 231/3 (Clarke 39, Smith 4) - Great stop by Hashim Amla in the covers to deny the captain a run as he punched hard off the back-foot. Morkel has another go at bouncing him, but can't direct this one as well as it sails harmlessly high over the batsman's head for AB to deal with. He just misses out on a boundary down to long-on as he banged an on-drive through mid-on, the man chasing able to haul it in before it crossed the line to save one.

  • Over 64 Aus 219/3 (Clarke 29, Smith 2) - Duminy has returned, this time from around the wicket to this right-handed pair - one run to Steven Smith, who works the ball from middle and leg into the on-side for a causal single. Clarke decides to stay quiet, defending back to the bowler to close out the spinner's fifth over.

  • Over 63 Aus 228/3 (Clarke 33, Smith 7) - Straight into line, Clarke defends well as Morkel decides on staying over the wicket this time to him. A quick bumper is fired in, catching Clarke by surprise as he has a swat at it above his head. No edge through to the keeper, and that may have just been a rush of blood to the head for the Australian. He picks up two as he manages to work Morkel into the leg-side from deep in the crease, where there's nobody out in the gap. A fielder runs back to cut it off, and they cross for two runs.

  • Over 62 Aus 225/3 (Clarke 33, Smith 4) - Smith pushes forward, guiding the ball past point where a diving JP Duminy just can't get his fingers to the ball - they run two as he has to get up and chase after it. Steven Smith is looking comfortable out there so far, feet moving well and getting his head in line on defence as he plays Philander well, missing out slightly as he can only clout a half-volley to the fielder, preventing the boundary. Morne Morkel is back into the attack now from the Kelvin Grove End, galloping in to Michael Clarke.

  • Over 61 Aus 223/3 (Clarke 33, Smith 2) - Back-foot square-drive from Michael Clarke? Yep, indeed, and that's four for a classy shot from the Australian number-four. It was too wide from Kyle Abbott, and the batsman opened the face to guide it past point well - he moves into the thirties, now. Grit and determination shown by Clarke, surviving that hostile Morne Morkel spell earlier and hanging in there at the crease to work himself back into form.

  • Over 60 Aus 219/3 (Clarke 29, Smith 2) - Change of ends once more for Vernon Philander - he'll have a bowl from the Wynberg End now, alternating between length and full deliveries in an attempt to lure Steven Smith into a rash shot outside off-stump. Smith does well to leave and defend, and a wide bouncer does nothing to dissade him. Maiden over, the second in a row.

  • Over 59 Aus 219/3 (Clarke 29, Smith 2) - "Wait there" shouts Clarke as he defends back past the bowler, Abbott mixing his length to the right-hander. No runs for the captain here, nice and tight over by the big lad from Durban.

  • Over 58 Aus 219/3 (Clarke 29, Smith 2) - Golden arm - wicket falls, and that's the end of David Warner as he edges behind to de Villiers. The keeper had hearts in mouths as he juggled the chance, taking it on the second attempt as he fell forward. Forward prod by the batsman, thin edge through and he's gone for 135 from just 152 balls. Belligerent, wuality innings from Warner, who gets a standing ovation from this Capetonian crowd as he walks off the ground, bat raised. Steven Smith strides out and almost gives his wicket away first-ball, skipping out and trying to loft the spinner over mid-wicket. Leading-edge, and he's extremely lucky that it falls out of the chasing fielder's reach in the covers - two runs, misjudged the flight of that delivery!

  • Over 57 Aus 216/2 (Warner 135, Clarke 28) - Clarke can't beat point as he tries to slash Philander away for runs. Struggling a little to beat the field, he manages to get himself a single down to fine-leg by turning one off his hip. No pyrotechnics in this over - just the single from it, as Warner just gets a single delivery to face.

  • Over 56 Aus 215/2 (Warner 135, Clarke 27) - Half-chance! That could have been disaster for Michael Clarke, slashing an edge past Graeme Smith standing at slip. It flew past him quicker than he could react, would have been an incredible reflex catch had he been able to hold onto to it. Stung the fingers, no doubt. Wham - Davey's been quiet for a little bit, and he roars back to life now by coming down the pitch to smack Dean Elgar high and long over the wide long-on boundary for six. Take that! Elgar is not much more than a part-time bowler, and treated that one with contempt to clear the rope.

  • Over 55 Aus 207/2 (Warner 128, Clarke 26) - Middle-and-leg ball allows Warner to work it away quietly for one - Philander looks to test Clarke with a short ball, but the captain pulls out of the shot and lets it fly past harmlessly. Vern tries to get him to play, but Pup leaves well outside off after getting a good stride in and defends with a good, straight bat to keep the bowler searching for another wicket to add to his 1/47 so far today.

  • Over 54 Aus 205/2 (Warner 127, Clarke 26) - The 200 comes up as Warner helps himself to two runs from first ball of Elgar's over. Vintage Michael Clarke as he uses his foot down the track to clobber the spinner in front of square for a sweetly-timed boundary - we haven't seen that from the skipper from some time, and is perhaps a sign that he is on his way to returning to form.

  • Over 53 Aus 198/2 (Warner 124, Clarke 22) - Defence from David Warner before rocking onto the back foot and plundering two runs past a stretching deep cover fielder. Clarke stands tall, punching the ball into the covers himself, but there's no reward for him there as the fielder is well-placed. We've just had word that Dale Steyn will do no further bowling in this innings due to a hamstring complaint - that is quite a blow to the Proteas' chances of limiting Australia's first innings score.

  • - Welcome back to the final session of day one here at Newlands - Vernon Philander is getting ready to bowl his 12th over, this time from the Kelvin Grove End.

  • Tea: - Michael Clarke has done well to come through a scathing spell at the hands of Morne Morkel, being hit several times all over the body to emerge on 22 not-out. David Warner has gone to his second ton of the series, looking assured in helping his captain to the third fifty partnership of the innings thus far. Dale Steyn is still off the field with a suspected hamstring problem, giving his captain a headache as the Proteas search for wickets in the evening session in an attempt to even out the day somewhat. Join us in about 15 minutes (3:30pm SA time) for the last spell of play on this first day.

  • Over 52 Aus 195/2 (Warner 121, Clarke 22) - Easy run off the pads for David, while Clarke is intent to continue using his feet to the spinner - he can't beat short-mid-wicket or cover though, and he'll be content to have another go in the final session of the day. That's tea, and Australia continue to be in the pound seats - they'll be the happier side by far as they return to the pavilion.

  • - A punch to deep-point immediately brings Michael Clarke back on strike against his tormentor from the last over, Morkel. Another bouncer heads towards the helmet, but the batsman gets in line extremely well to defend it down before pulling the next delivery to long-leg for a welcome run. Warner is seeing it beautifully after over 100 balls at the crease and pulls a lifter well behind square for four runs - quality boundary, that! He split two fielders in that area well, timing was top-class as it reared up at him. Not a terrible ball by any means, and Morne seems slightly put off after that shot, delivering the first no-ball of the match. Warner tucked it off his hip to give Clarke one last delivery to deal with - all defence, well done and a smile on Morne's face as the over winds up.

  • - Morkel continues his assault against Clarke, the captain doing well to get inside the line and stand tall to defend against the extreme bounce. Oh - he's been hit again! Bam, he's dropped to his knees and the South Africans rush to see if he's alright. Replays show that he took his eyes off the ball going across him, 147km/h from the big man, and it crashed into the helmet. After a few minutes he takes guard once more, and you guessed it - another bouncer, and it's hit him again. This is savage, and the Aussies must be feeling a slight taste of what it's been like for the English and South African batsmen against Mitchell Johnson over the last few months. That one banged into the glove as he looked all at sea once more, looped up into the air - JP Duminy not able to get close enough to make the catch in time at short-leg. Vicious stuff!

  • Over 51 Aus 194/2 (Warner 120, Clarke 22) - Length ball outside off, and Warner is cramped a little - inside half of the bat allows him to go through for a single - this is his highest score of the series so far. He'll certainly be hoping to better his Test best of 180 in this innings; meanwhile, there's no third-man in place for Michael Clarke, as he thick-edges one past Faf du Plessis at point for a boundary. Didn't carry, but it was streaky from the skipper and he survives. The umpires have decided that we'll have one more over of spin before the session ends, as the over-rate has left quite a lot to be desired so far today - Elgar will take us to the break.

  • Over 40 Aus 189/2 (Warner 119, Clarke 18) - Ten minutes to go until the tea break here in Cape Town, and Warner gets to the pitch to beat a diving Hashim Amla with a great drive for four. Clarke keeps going with a single down to long-off, and the third consecutive fifty partnership of the day comes up as a single is driven to mid-on. Six runs off that Dean Elgar over. We'll have one more over before tea, and it'll be Vernon Philander to make use of it.

  • Over 49 Aus 183/2 (Warner 114, Clarke 17) - Morkel vs Clarke once more, and the batsman turns one to leg for a single. He's hanging on the back foot, the captain, and can you blame him? It's been a near all-short ball barrage from the lanky Titans quick, and he'll be wearing the bruises tonight to show for it. Still, he's survived and is still out there for his team alongside centurion Warner, who has a flash outside off to excite the bowler - no edge there. Close. The sweeper on the off-side fence has to clean up as the left-hander punches through point again though, they'll pick up a double to close out this over from Morne.

  • Over 48 Aus 180/2 (Warner 112, Clarke 16) - A half-volley to David Warner at this stage is lucky not to be pounded for four - instead, the batsman satisfies himself with a single to cover. A bit of footwork in defence from Clarke as he defends Dean Elgar back down the pitch, and he manages to punch one to deep cover to keep his score on the move.. Elgar has now bowled four overs for eleven runs.

  • Over 46 Aus 169/2 (Warner 105, Clarke 14) - Dean Elgar is a far less daunting prospect, Clarke choosing to defend stoically. You'd wonder if he wants the single, meaning that he'd be on-strike to Morkel again the next over, but he does indeed take one, worked off his pads. Luckily for him, David Warner takes one from the last ball as well to claim the strike, patting one wide of cover for a run to add to his total.

  • Over 43 Aus 161/2 (Warner 100, Clarke 10) - Morkel targeting Clarke with the short ball from around the wicket, looking to hurry and cramp the right-hander into popping the ball up to the close fielders lying in wait at short-leg, leg-slip or the two slips in the cordon. He hasn't such much intent so far in terms of the pull or hook. Bang - that's hit the batsman on the elbow! Vicious stuff from Morne, and Clarke does well to get inside the line and work the ball away from his ribs down to fine-leg to get off strike. He's called to the change-room, perhaps for an arm-guard or the physio. Warner helps himself to one, a short-arm pull around the corner. End of the over, and the physio comes out onto the park to have a look at Clarke's left elbow - no magic spray, but that must have been extremely painful.

  • - Mild surprise now as Dean Elgar is thrown the ball.

  • Over 44 Aus 166/2 (Warner 103, Clarke 13) - Good running, two runs to Clarke after Warner drives a ball wide of mid-off for one. He's been rather quiet since going to his century but shows some intent as he uses his feet to try and pierce the gap between mid-off and cover, this time to no avail. Still no sign of Dale Steyn after he left the field rather abruptly several overs ago - word is that his hamstring was giving him some issues. We'll keep you posted..

  • Over 43 Aus 161/2 (Warner 100, Clarke 10) - Morkel targeting Clarke with the short ball from around the wicket, looking to hurry and cramp the right-hander into popping the ball up to the close fielders lying in wait at short-leg, leg-slip or the two slips in the cordon. He hasn't such much intent so far in terms of the pull or hook. Bang - that's hit the batsman on the elbow! Vicious stuff from Morne, and Clarke does well to get inside the line and work the ball away from his ribs down to fine-leg to get off strike. He's called to the change-room, perhaps for an arm-guard or the physio. Warner helps himself to one, a short-arm pull around the corner.

  • Over 42 Aus 160/2 (Warner 101, Clarke 9) - Michael Clarke is famed for his positivity and prowess against spinners, and he's just feeling out Elgar here. Tries to cut off the back foot, but first finds the fielder and then misses one to get Elgar all hot and bothered. He does manage to slap one down to long-off for a single, a low full-toss that would have struggled to bother a tail-ender.

  • Over 41 Aus 158/2 (Warner 100, Clarke 8) - Clarke defends Steyn to mid-off - oh dear, the bowler doesn't look too happy and walks across to his captain before collecting his hat from the umpire and leaving the field. Not sure exactly what the problem is, but he did spend some time off the field before lunch as well - hopefully nothing too serious, but its a bit of a worry for the South Africans. Morne Morkel will cover the remaining five balls in the over. He tests Clarke with a few shorter ones before switching to around the wicket, and bam - the skipper wears one as he tries to play it away from his mid-riff, the ball getting trapped between his ribs and arm. Ouch!

  • - A lost DRS review for South Africa, as Graeme Smith reviews a potential caught-behind chance off Dale Steyn. Warner tried to pull a leg-side delivery around the corner, and there was a noise as the ball passed - not-out was the umpire's call, held up on review by third umpire Aleem Dar as the only contact made on the way through to AB de Villiers was from the thigh pad. Close, but no cigar, Biff. Steyn begins to apply pressure to Clarke, tucking him up and making it difficult to free the arms and score - a straighter one is edged onto the pad, curtailing a yell for LBW from the bowler. Great tight over from South Africa's go-to bowler, and that'll be drinks.

  • - Kyle Abbott to bowl first after lunch, with David Warner on-strike.

  • - Five minutes until the afternoon session kicks off - welcome back, folks. Good lunch?

  • Lunch: - That's lunch, and Australia are unquestionably ahead of the game at the moment. David Warner's 75, at more than a run-per-ball, has given them the impetus on a pitch that looks tailor-made for batting, and batting long. The only wicket to fall was that of Chris Rogers, who edged Dale Steyn to a grateful Smith at slip for 25. Alex Doolan has looked calm and assured at the crease to go to 13, and the Proteas will need to find some inspiration during the break if they're to put these two under pressure in the second session. Join us in 45 minutes time (1:10pm SA time and 11:10 GMT) for this afternoon's action. Don't forget to send us your thoughts/feedback/recipes for reverse-swing at cricket@365.co.za - bye for now.

  • Over 40 Aus 158/2 (Warner 100, Clarke 8) - One slip for David Warner as he faces Abbott, four runs away from a seventh Test century for Australia. No runs from the first few balls of the over, the batsman defending away to the off-side slightly cautiously before a shorter one allows him to pull to the fine-leg boundary - four, he's done it! That only just beat the fielder running around from long-leg, and Warner punches the air with his helmet to celebrate his second ton of this series. The dressing-room rises as one, applauding his efforts. He's really given Australia some impetus as they set about trying to win the series by coming from behind.

  • Over 38 Aus 153/2 (Warner 95, Clarke 8) - Abbott thundering in, looking aggressive in his quest to rip out the threat of David Warner. The batsman stays calm, negotiatiing yet another single wide of cover. Clarke is bounced, but seems far from interested in having a go at it The bowler keeps at it, sending down short-of-a-length deliveries to Australia's man-in-charge, but the batsman is quite content to continue defending.

  • Over 37 Aus 152/2 (Warner 94, Clarke 8) - Yet another shot past point for David Warner - he's scored heavily in that area as well as through the covers during this innings. Just a single this time. Excellent fielding from Faf du Plessis limits Clarke to a single after he punched one in front of point himself, diving to dispel any thoughts of a second. That runs takes the Aussies past 150, with David Warner moving through the nineties now. He attempts another boundary through extra-cover, but Smith has placed a man on the boundary out there to keep him down to one run. No matter, Warner rattles on.

  • Over 36 Aus 149/2 (Warner 92, Clarke 7) - Kyle Abbott with a change of ends to replace Vern, and he gets Warner into a bit of a pickle with a ball short of a length as the batsman tried to play to off, inside-edging past his stumps to pick up a run. Clarke leaves Abbott well-alone outside off, this being his first time ever facing the young bowler. Gets in a good stride before shouldering arms or declining to stick his bat out Kyle will be hoping to make the Australian skipper play by adjusting his line in the next over.

  • Over 35 Aus 148/2 (Warner 91, Clarke 7) - Warner tries to crack Steyn in front of point, but hits the shot straight to the fielder. Absolutely middled that, no return in the form of runs, I'm afraid. Dale changes tack to around to the lefty, with Warner awkwardly pulling to fine-leg for a single. Cramped, but still managed to get it away. An attempted bouncer to Clarke is mis-directed and ineffective, not troubling the man in the slightest.

  • Over 34 Aus 147/2 (Warner 90, Clarke 7) - Four runs to Clarke as he opens the face and steers the ball past the slip cordon for the first boundary of his knock. No fielder down at third-man, two slips and a gully to put pressure on Pup. Philander tries to tempt the batsman in the channel, all defence from the skipper as he plays out the rest of the over. Dale Steyn will return now for the next over, having made up his time spent off the field - just the one over from Duminy after lunch.

  • Over 33 Aus 143/2 (Warner 90, Clarke 3) - Whoops - Steyn wanted to come on to bowl but has been told that he cannot, due to having been off the field for a short while. He'll have to make that time up again before he can come back into the attack - JP Duminy will bowl his right-arm off-spin instead. Warner is positive, coming down the track to shunt the ball down the ground for one. Clarke wastes little time in putting bat to ball, two runs accruing as he checks a drive past the man at cover - pretty much a half-volley from the bowler there. A single to the Aussie captain past mid-off - he's well-known for playing spin bowlers particularly well.

  • Over 34 Aus 147/1 (Warner 90, Clarke 7) - Four runs to Clarke as he opens the face and steers the ball past the slip cordon for the first boundary of his knock. No fielder down at third-man, two slips and a gully to put pressure on Pup. Philander tries to tempt the batsman in the channel, all defence from the skipper as he plays out the rest of the over. Dale Steyn will return now for the next over, having made up his time spent off the field - just the one over from Duminy after lunch.

  • Over 33 Aus 143/1 (Warner 90, Clarke 3) - Whoops - Steyn wanted to come on to bowl but has been told that he cannot, due to having been off the field for a short while. He'll have to make that time up again before he can come back into the attack - JP Duminy will bowl his right-arm off-spin instead. Warner is positive, coming down the track to shunt the ball down the ground for one. Clarke wastes little time in putting bat to ball, two runs accruing as he checks a drive past the man at cover - pretty much a half-volley from the bowler there. A single to the Aussie captain past mid-off - he's well-known for playing spin bowlers particularly well.

  • Over 32 Aus 138/2 (Warner 88, Clarke 0) - Wicket! Doolan perishes, going on the pull against Philander and the ball skies towards mid-on, where Dale Steyn comes around and takes a simple catch. Soft shot, and that's that for Alex Doolan today. He's gone for 20, bringing Michael "Pup" Clarke out to face this Protea's attack. Welcome wicket for the hosts. The batsmen crossed whilst the ball was in the air, so senior partner Warner will take guard against Big Vern, who wastes no time in bouncing him! Warner tried to duck under the delivery, but it just kissed the shoulder on its way past to keeper AB de Villiers. He left the bat hanging out as he evaded the ball - luckily for Australia, no damage done there. The hosts end the over with a smile on their faces, but there's still plenty of work for them to do if they're to wrest this initiative away from the Aussies

  • Over 31.3 Aus 138/2 (Doolan 20, Warner 88) - Wicket! Doolan perishes, going on the pull against Philander and the ball skies towards mid-on, where Dale Steyn comes around and takes a simple catch. Soft shot, and that's that for Alex Doolan today. He's gone for 20, bringing Michael "Pup" Clarke out to face this Protea's attack. Welcome wicket for the hosts.

  • Over 30 Aus 138/1 (Doolan 20, Warner 88) - Late-cut from the back foot gets Warner two more runs, good work between the wickets between him and Doolan to get back as Hashim Amla fired in the throw. He drops one into the off-side again, this time scampering through for one. Doolan is allowed a single to long-leg, nurdling one around the corner to the fielder down on the ropes at the Wynberg End of the ground. Angled bat, backward-of-square punch off the back-foot gets Warner yet another boundary in this innings - he's back at more than a run-a-ball again and bashes Kyle Abbott's last ball in front of point this time. Four more, he's really been impressive and confident has the diminutive left-handed opener, and the Proteas haven't had much of an answer to his onslaught so far. Another century in this series is beckoning for the man from New South Wales..

  • Over 29 Aus 126/1 (Doolan 19, Warner 77) - Vernon to continue, and a straight ball is clipped away off the pads in front of square by Alex Doolan for a boundary. That was too full from the seamer, and the batsman waited patiently for the bad delivery after several good length ones. Warner helps himself to a single, he's been quiet so far after lunch as he nears the eighties.

  • Over 28 Aus 121/1 (Doolan 15, Warner 76) - Big shout goes up from the tall Abbott as Doolan goes to defend, the ball hitting the pad before bat, which is why the bowler was interested. Outside the line of off, though, and not-out was the correct decision. His angle and line has suggested he's hunting for the LBW or bowled dismissal against Doolan. Maiden over for the bowler as he finishes his seventh - Australia 121/1.Great to see such a big crowd squuezed into Newlands today - sold out, and tomorrow will be the same if the reports are to be believed. Good stuff.

  • Over 27 Aus 121/1 (Doolan 15, Warner 76) - Great ball from Big Vern pitches beautifully and holds it's line to beat the edge of a driving Doolan's bat. Masterful. Philander didn't threaten much this morning, but this over is already miles better than anything he bowled to Australia in the first session. Just the one run from the over as Doolan clips a straight one towards mid-wicket, the fielder getting in the way and preventing any further runs.

  • Over 26 Aus 121/1 (Doolan 15, Warner 76) - Great ball from Big Vern pitches beautifully and holds it's line to beat the edge of a driving Doolan's bat. Masterful. Philander didn't threaten much this morning, but this over is already miles better than anything he bowled to Australia in the first session. Just the one run from the over as Doolan clips a straight one towards mid-wicket, the fielder getting in the way and preventing any further runs.

  • Over 26 Aus 120/1 (Doolan 14, Warner 76) - Two slips in place, and Warner cuts behind point to get underway in this second session. Alex Doolan defends, doesn't seem to like getting forward to do so much at all. He adds to his total with a drive on the up that isn't quite middled - still, one more run. Bit of swing there for Abbott, but not a huge amount to be troubling...yet.

  • Lunch: - That's lunch, and Australia are unquestionably ahead of the game at the moment. David Warner's 75, at more than a run-per-ball, has given them the impetus on a pitch that looks tailor-made for batting, and batting long. The only wicket to fall was that of Chris Rogers, who edged Dale Steyn to a grateful Smith at slip for 25. Alex Doolan has looked calm and assured at the crease to go to 13, and the Proteas will need to find some inspiration during the break if they're to put these two under pressure in the second session. Join us in 45 minutes time (1:10pm SA time and 11:10 GMT) for this afternoon's action.

  • Over 26 Aus 118/1 (Doolan 13, Warner 75) - Warner to face, and a ball speared far down leg isn't going to trouble him at all. He pushes past a diving point fielder to add two more to his name, making use of the same shot to nab a single as well the very next ball. Fantastic strike-rate he's got so far today - 102.73. Alex Doolan is tasked with seeing out the remainder of Morne Morkel's over, and he does so by defending stoutly and leaving to end the session with a dominant Australia on 118/1 from 26 overs - a run-rate of 4.53 to boot.

  • - Morne Morkel is tossed the ball, replacing Dale Steyn from the Wynberg End.

  • Over 25 Aus 115/1 (Doolan 13, Warner 72) - Seven fours in this knock from David Warner so far, and he bunts a single away past point to bring up the fifty partnership between himself and Doolan, with play on the cusp of lunch now. Doolan likes to get back and stand tall on defence, playing out the rest of this Philander over without fuss We'll have one more over before the break, folks - how Graeme Smith would love another wicket from Morne Morkel.

  • Over 24 Aus 114/1 (Doolan 13, Warner 71) - Oof, five wides as a wild bouncer flies way over an airborne AB de Villiers on it's way to the boundary, where a smiling camera-man lobs the ball back. That pitched outside off, moved away and rose sharply - he'll have to bowl that again, Morkel. Great fielding as Doolan tries to get the ball away, a diving stop fielded reverse-handed by Dean Elgar at point. The one, if only, positive that South Africa can take from this first session is that their fielding has looked like their efforts of old - far, far better than their insipid performances in the first two matches of this series.

  • Over 23 Aus 108/1 (Doolan 13, Warner 70) - Good back-foot bunt from Warner in front of square on the on-side allows him three more runs to add to his total, good power from the middle of the bat as he tapped it away. Doolan leaves well, Philander probing outside off-stump, encouraging the number-three to drive him and edge to the slips. No luck for him in this over, I'm afraid, as Australia approach lunch on 108/1 after 23 overs.

  • Over 22 Aus 105/1 (Doolan 13, Warner 67) - A single clipped away from a ball on middle-and-leg keeps Warner ticking along, with about 20 minutes to go until the lunch break. Steyn, again, struggles with his line, this time sending one down too wide to Alex Doolan. Easy to leave the ball there for the man playing in just his third Test here today, and he evades a bouncer in the low 140km/h well too as Dale cranks it up a tad. One run from that over, and Biff decides to throw the ball to Vernon Philander for the next over. He'd love another wicket before lunch, as this session has firmly belonged to the Aussies so far.

  • Over 21 Aus 104/1 (Doolan 13, Warner 66) - There's the first boundary for the Tasmanian number three - four runs behind point off the back-foot, opened the face nicely. Classy shot. Abbott goes up for LBW as he hits Doolan on the pad, not-out is the verdict from the umpire though, despite the line looking good for the bowler. Inside-edge saved the batsman though, well-spotted, and the batsman does well to stay calm and pull a shorter one through mid-wicket with ease for another boundary. He played that shot well and often at Centurion, getting on top of it well here again.

  • Over 20 Aus 96/1 (Doolan 5, Warner 66) - Shouts of "catch" as Warner helps one aerially into the on-side, the ball falling nowhere near a Proteas fielder for two runs. Steyn goes too wide, allowing the opener to go down on one knee and flay it through the covers for four runs - another boundary to the left-handed opener who steers another ball in the same area to pick up three more runs. Not very good from South Africa's spear-head, struggling with both line and length in this over. Nice shot from Alex Doolan gets him three runs of his own past mid-off, back-foot punch. Expensive over for Dale Steyn, who hasn't looked at his best this morning despite picking up the only wicket to fall so far.

  • Over 19 Aus 84/1 (Doolan 2, Warner 57) - Another single for Alex Doolan, this one pushed wide of mid-off - Warner immediately rotates the strike, turning Kyle Abbott into the on-side and running hard through for one. The bowler alternating between short-and-on a length in that over, a quiet one in stark contrast to what we saw in the first ten overs of this match when Australia were thundering along at over seven per over!

  • Over 18 Aus 82/1 (Doolan 1, Warner 56) - A little too straight from Dale Steyn, enabling Warner to tap the ball into the leg-side for a comfortable single. Doolan defends, getting in line well and showing a straight bat to the fast man. Hello hello, there's a bit of swing there as the ball bangs into Doolan's pad, heartily missing leg to negate the LBW threat. Some seam movement as the ball hit the pitch there from Steyn, but some definite swing. Was it reverse-swing already? It looks as though it may have been - worth keeping an eye on, folks! Doolan finally gets off the mark from his tenth ball faced, a single to long-on ending the over.

  • Over 17 Aus 80/1 (Doolan 0, Warner 55) - Fuller delivery gets murdered down the ground for another boundary to Warner's name - you can't bowl there to him, especially now that he's gone past the fifty-mark. Abbott switches angle to come around the pegs, and gets the batsman in a tangle as he tries to fend away to a ball that gets appreciable bounce. Didn't look nearly as comfortable with that line of attack, did Davey. Beauty to beat the bat.

  • Over 16 Aus 75/1 (Doolan 0, Warner 50) - More around-the-wicket antics from Steyn, with the South African fielders showing good hustle and commitment to stop potential singles - Faf du Plessis in particular barreling across from cover to dive and stop one that was heading towards mid-off. Whoops, that's five runs from an overthrow though, as Warner came through for a tight single. Vernon Philander swooped in and hit the stumps with a good throw, but the ball ricocheted away to the boundary. Pity, it was excellent from Philander, and those runs take David Warner to another fifty for his country - Alex Doolan is still waiting for his first run of the day..

  • - Change of attack - Kyle Abbott has the ball in hand. The right-arm fast man from the Dolphins is playing his second Test, after impressing hugely with 9/68 on debut against Pakistan in Centurion.

  • Over 15 Aus 70/1 (Doolan 0, Warner 45) - Kyle Abbott continues, and it will be interesting to see whether Warner continues with his aggressive approach after the fall of his opening partner. A bouncer and then a full ball, easy for the batsman to latch onto that one square of cover. JP Duminy does well to chase, tumbling near the rope as he prevents the ball from going for four. Just two runs that time.

  • Over 14 Aus 65/1 (Doolan 0, Warner 39) - Dale Steyn returns, this time from the Wynberg End to David Warner, who's denied a single by a diving fielder in the covers. South Africa desperately looking for a breakthrough, and they have it! OUT! Rogers edges to Graeme Smith at slip, and a huge cheer goes up around Newlands. He'd left so well in this innings, but this time couldn't resist having a nibble just outside off. Fist-pump from Steyn, and Chris Rogers' time at the crease is over for 25 runs. A quick drinks break as Alex Doolan strides in, three slips and a gully to greet him.

  • Over 13 Aus 64/0 (Rogers 25, Warner 39) - Ooh, hello Chris Rogers - Abbott bangs one in that pitches and angles across the man, good seam movement to have him fending. Great ball, that's a good start from Kyle. He attacks the batsman in that area again, Rogers leaving this time before defending back to the bowler. Maiden over to begin with, and he's looking threatening right from the get-go.

  • Over 12 Aus 64/0 (Rogers 25, Warner 39) - Warner remaining positive against the spin of Duminy, using his feet to bang one down to long-off for a single after turning one around the corner to pick up a double. Smith has placed a silly-mid-off for Chris Rogers, but the batsman steps back to cut smartly past him for one.

  • Over 11 Aus 60/0 (Rogers 24, Warner 36) - Mis-field from a diving man at wide-mid-on allows David Warner to pinch three runs from a punch off Morkel. Rogers gets in on the action, easily driving a rank half-volley through the covers with authority for four. You'd have backed almost any batsman in world cricket to dispose of that, and Chris Rogers did so with class. Noticed him standing a little outside of his ground when facing the tall man, Rogers - clearly trying to negate the soaring bounce that Morkel can get.

  • Over 10 Aus 53/0 (Rogers 20, Warner 33) - A single to long-off from the first ball, a bit too full to start from Duminy, who is playing his second match as South Africa's front-line spinner. Ooh, almost a run-out as Rogers turned for a second run, perhaps guilty of ball-watching there and he had to really sprint to make his ground at the keeper's end as the throw zinged in from near the boundary. The fifty comes up, and obviously the fifty partnership between these two as well - just 60 balls to get there.

  • - Now this is interesting - we'll have some spin from JP Duminy before the 10th over of a Test match. Not something you'll see very often in a Test match outside of the sub-continent!

  • Over 09 Aus 48/0 (Rogers 16, Warner 32) - Over the wicket to Warner, Morkel forces an error as the batsmen inside-edges an attempted upper-cut to ground. No luck there for the left-hander, who scampers a well-taken single dropped into the off-side. Morne looks extremely dangerous when he attacks from around the wicket, getting Chris Rogers shouldering arms before pinging him on the shoulder as he tried to duck under an awkward rising ball. Ouch!

  • Over 08 Aus 47/0 (Rogers 16, Warner 31) - Cut away for a single, a bit short and wide from Philander to bring Chris Rogers back on strike - seems like he's been at the non-striker's end for a while, watching his partner Davey have a go. He brings some normalcy back to events, seeing out the rest of the over defensively, one worked off the thigh-pad not yielding any runs. He's on 16 from 20 balls, while Warner has raced to 31 from 28.

  • Over 07 Aus 46/0 (Rogers 16, Warner 30) - Morne Morkel begins his second over with Warner short-arm-pulling a couple of runs in front of square. The bowler does well to get a hand on one driven straight back, and that most certainly saved four runs. Warner has been on fire so far this morning, and Chris Rogers has certainly had his moments too. At a cost of just three runs, this is the most economical over this morning. I've seen many T20 games that haven't begun with this kind of acceleration before - Australia now approaching their fifty, just seven overs bowled so far here at Newlands.

  • Over 06 Aus 43/0 (Rogers 16, Warner 27) - Yikes - Vern got that line all wrong, and Warner pulls it away square for another easy boundary. He doesn't enjoy that much, Big Vern. The batsman tries his luck again to one that hurries onto him a bit more, and gets smacked in the box for his troubles. Ouch! Warner doubles over, but he recovers quickly to exact revenge - smack, that one has gone square of cover to the fence for four! There's few better ways to respond. Philander tries the short-pitched attack once more, but its not quick enough and pulled away in front of square for yet another boundary. I'm not sure I've seen such a start to a Test match in a long, long time, as Australia's run-rate is now 7.20 per over. Madness! A leading-edge from a delivery that cramped him for room luckily flies over the covers' heads...David Warner's run of luck in this Test series continues!

  • Over 05 Aus 30/0 (Rogers 16, Warner 14) - Great start from Morkel around the sticks, extracting awkward bounce to have Chris Rogers fending defensively outside off-stump a few times to have the three slips licking their lips...that rhymes! Rogers does well to get over one, back-foot cut past point for another boundary. This morning has been packed with them so far, which will be a worry for Graeme Smith.

  • Over 04 Aus 26/0 (Rogers 12, Warner 14) - We haven't seen any real swing this morning so far - clear skies above, and these two Aussie openers looking comfortable. Three more to Rogers, making Hashim Amla turn and chase a back-foot drive before Warner sweetly strikes one down the ground for four more. Lovely timing, all along the ground. The run-rate is not far under seven runs per over, quite unusual for the start of a Test match, wouldn't you say? Graeme Smith responds with a bowling change - Morne Morkel will take the attack to these two left-handers.

  • Over 02 Aus 19/0 (Rogers 9, Warner 10) - Play, miss - ooh, that was far better from the bowler, Warner pushing at one just outside off that moved away. He re-adjusts, expansive drive through the covers from the very next ball to claim his first boundary of the day - four, classy. This looks to be a rather good batting wicket, and you can already see why both captains wanted to bat first. Meanwhile, a good punch through the covers adds three more to David Warner's total, and Rogers runs a sharp single himself after pushing into the off-side. Bit of a flyer from the Australians so far - 19 runs from just three overs.

  • - Vernon Philander, as expected, will partner Steyn from the other end - David Warner taking guard.

  • - The players are out in the middle for the national anthems - a proud moment for anyone representing their country at the highest level. Flags fluttering in the breeze, determined looks on faces - this is Test match cricket, folks! It's almost time to get things underway now - time to settle this contest out on the field.

  • - Play gets underway in 15 minute's time - 10:30am SA time, 8:30am GMT, with Steyn, Philander and Kyle Abbott having a crack at the Australian top-order. Stick around!

  • - Lovely, clear morning in the Cape for this all-important heavyweight clash. A little rain on Thursday evening, but nothing much since then - the pitch looks a bit dry - Mark Boucher reckons it will play a bit slow in this first session. Don't forget to drop us a line throughout today's play at Newlands - cricket@365.co.za is the address to use. We'll post the best ones up here for you all to weigh in on.

  • Toss: - The coin has been flipped in the middle of a picturesque Newlands, and it's Michael Clarke who's won the right to choose. Australia will bat. As mentioned before, Shaun Marsh makes way for a fit-again Shane Watson, and James Pattinson returns for the first time since the Ashes Test at Lord's last year - Peter Siddle the man to miss out there. For the Proteas, Dean Elgar moves down to number three as Alviro Petersen takes his place at the top of the order after recovering from illness; Quinton de Kock misses out. The Dolphins' pacer Kyle Abbott wins his second Test cap, replacing the injured Wayne Parnell. Graeme Smith admits that he would have batted first had the coin fallen South Africa's way.

  • A beautiful morning here in Cape Town - We're gearing up for the toss at 10am SA time, which is in about six minute's time, folks. Shane Watson will return to the side today, most likely at the expense of Shaun Marsh, but we're waiting on the team sheets from captains Graeme Smith and Michael Clarke to see which other changes, if any, will be made. A sell-out crowd is expected here at Newlands both today and tomorrow, with the run-up to this game being filled with verbal jostling from David Warner on the subject of reverse-swing, and anticipation of a fiery decider to this three-match Test series has been ramped up even more as a result. Who are you backing to take the spoils? Will the series be shared, as it was the last time Australia toured the republic?

  • Over 02 Aus 9/0 (Rogers 8, Warner 1) - Big, almost anguised cry for LBW from the bowler as the ball thuds into Warner's pad - nope, that was going towards leg and may have pitched just outside the line as well. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena wasnt interested, rightly so. The last time Australia played the hosts at this venue, in November 2011, Philander made his debut and tore them apart to help bowl them out for 47. Warner opens his account with a single, working a straight one off the pad.

  • Over 01 Aus 8/0 (Rogers 8, Warner 0) - First ball of the game is a bit of a loosener from Dale Steyn, wide outside off to Chris Rogers, who's following up his century in the final innings at Port Elizabeth. He gets the first runs of the morning, latching onto an overpitched delivery that gave him too much width, steering it behind backward-point for four. Steyn is struggling to find his lines, bit too straight enabling Rogers to get a bit of bat onto it - four more. Down to fine-leg off his hip, and Dale is looking rustier than an old Ford Cortina that's spent most of it's life out in the rain. Last ball is better, jagging away outside off and left well alone by the left-hander.

  • - Lovely, clear morning in the Cape for this all-important heavyweight clash. A little rain on Thursday evening, but nothing much since then - the pitch looks a bit dry.

  • Toss: - The coin has been flipped in the middle of a picturesque Newlands, and it's Michael Clarke who's won the right to choose. Australia will bat. As mentioned before, Shaun Marsh makes way for a fit-again Shane Watson, and James Pattinson returns for the first time since the Ashes Test at Lord's last year - Peter Siddle the man to miss out there.

  • A beautiful morning here in Cape Town - We're gearing up for the toss at 10am SA time, which is in about six minute's time, folks. Shane Watson will return to the side today, most likely at the expense of Shaun Marsh, but we're waiting on the team sheets from captains Graeme Smith and Michael Clarke to see which other changes, if any, will be made.

  • Greetings! - Hello and welcome to the third and final Test between the Proteas and the Baggy Green. The series is level at one all, and the anticipation for the Newlands clash is high. Follow the action here with us from 8am GMT.

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Match Info
  • 287 and 265
    494/7d and 303/5d
    - TBC
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena
    Richard Illingworth
    Roshan Mahanama
  • Batting
    • R
    • B
    • 4s
    • 6s
    Chris Rogers
    c Smith b Steyn
    David Warner
    c de Villiers b Duminy
    Alex Doolan
    c Steyn b Philander
    Michael Clarke
    not out
    Steven Smith
    b Elgar
    Shane Watson
    c Amla b Duminy
    Brad Haddin
    c Amla b Duminy
    Mitchell Johnson
    c de Villiers b Duminy
    Ryan Harris
    not out
    James Pattinson
    Nathan Lyon
    • 25
    • 41
    • 4
    • 0
    • 135
    • 152
    • 12
    • 1
    • 20
    • 66
    • 3
    • 0
    • 161
    • 301
    • 17
    • 0
    • 84
    • 155
    • 9
    • 3
    • 40
    • 32
    • 2
    • 3
    • 13
    • 21
    • 2
    • 0
    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • 4
    • 3
    • 1
    • 0
    Extras
    (w 6, nb 6)
    12
    TOTAL
    (7 dec wickets; 127.4 overs)
    494
  • Bowling
    • O
    • M
    • R
    • W
    Dale Steyn
    Vernon Philander
    Morne Morkel
    Jean-Paul Duminy
    Kyle Abbott
    Dean Elgar
    • 10.1
    • 0
    • 44
    • 1
    • 26.4
    • 2
    • 116
    • 1
    • 23.5
    • 2
    • 94
    • 0
    • 17
    • 0
    • 73
    • 4
    • 28
    • 11
    • 68
    • 0
    • 22
    • 0
    • 99
    • 1
  • Fall of Wickets
    • 65/1 - Rogers (13.3 ov)
    • 138/2 - Doolan (31.3 ov)
    • 217/3 - Warner (57.4 ov)
    • 401/4 - Smith (107.5 ov)
    • 456/5 - Watson (118.4 ov)
    • 489/6 - Haddin (126.5 ov)
    • 489/7 - Johnson (126.6 ov)

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