Cape Town - Fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson have shared seven wickets as
Australia continued their dominance on the third day of the third and
final Test against South Africa at Newlands on Monday.
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As it happened: SA v Oz Day 3With
reverse swing playing a significant role, Australia bowled out South
Africa for 287, a lead of 207, and added another 27 runs for no wicket
before close of play.
It left Australia in a strong position to
push for a series-clinching victory against the world champions, with 98
overs due to be bowled on both the remaining days.
"We want to be
the number one Test side," said Johnson as he looked forward to having
as many as five sessions to bowl again at the current top side.
Harris took three for 63 and Johnson four for 42.
South African top-scorer Faf du Plessis, who made 67, expressed surprise at how early Australia achieved reverse swing.
was really surprised to see the ball reversing after, I think, 27
overs, especially after rain (on Sunday) and a wet outfield. Obviously
the pitch is nicely scuffed up so hopefully we can get the same
happening for us."
It was a complete reversal from the situation
in the second Test in Port Elizabeth, where South Africa gained reverse
swing, while Australia failed to do so.
"We saw something after PE where we couldn't get the ball to reverse," said Johnson.
second helped. The wicket was abrasive enough to bowl cross-seam. I
don't always hit the seam so I could hit the rough side.
saw the ball wasn't swinging normally we did that straight away, so we
weren't surprised at all. It was rough enough on the rough side and
shiny enough on the shiny side."
Captain Michael Clarke's decision
to declare at Australia's overnight total of 494 for seven paid off as
his South African counterpart Graeme Smith failed again and South Africa
lost four wickets before lunch.
Despite losing early wickets,
South Africa scored freely during an extended morning's play, reaching
127 for four off 32 overs at lunch.
But with the Australian
bowlers achieving reverse swing as the ball got older, the scoring
slowed to a trickle after in-form batsman AB de Villiers was caught at
second slip off Johnson for 14 soon after lunch.
JP Duminy fell to
a catch behind by Brad Haddin off Harris for four before Faf du Plessis
and Vernon Philander came together in a seventh wicket stand of 95, the
best of the innings.
Du Plessis battled his way to 67 before
Johnson returned to the attack and he edged a drive fast and low to
gully, where David Warner held a good catch.
With play starting 30
minutes earlier because of rain which cut 51 overs from the second
day's play, Clarke's declaration proved a shrewd move because there was
early movement off the pitch for the bowlers.
Smith was caught
behind for five off a ball from Harris which seamed away from him. Smith
has made only 42 runs in five innings in the series.
made 11 before he was superbly caught by Brad Haddin off James
Pattinson, the wicketkeeper flinging himself to his right to hold an
inside edge by the left-hander.
Alviro Petersen and Hashim Amla
added 53 off 58 balls with Petersen reaching a fluent half-century off
50 balls with eight fours. But Petersen added only three more before he
gloved Johnson down the leg side for Haddin to take his third catch of
Amla looked in good form but was bowled for 38 when Harris made a ball swing back sharply to find a gap between bat and pad.
was the first evidence of reverse swing and it heralded a significant
change in momentum with the remaining batsmen forced on to the