Pretoria - David Warner and Alex Doolan have built on Australia's sizeable advantage
after Mitchell Johnson destroyed South Africa's first innings on the
third day of the first Test at SuperSport Park on Friday.
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(93 not out) and Doolan (48 not out) took Australia to 147 for one in
their second innings at tea, an overall lead of 338.
continued his devastating form of the recent Ashes series against
England - and his superb opening spell on the second day - and finished
with seven for 68 as South Africa were bowled out for 206 in reply to
AB de Villiers made a sparkling 91 for South Africa before he was ninth man out.
left-handed Warner was dropped three times but played some thrilling
attacking strokes as he and new cap Doolan added an unbeaten 146 for the
second wicket after Chris Rogers was bowled by Dale Steyn in the second
over of the Australian second innings.
Warner's first chance came
on 26 when he hooked Vernon Philander to fine leg where substitute Dean
Elgar dived but could not hold the ball.
He edged the next ball
he faced, from Morne Morkel, high to second slip where a leaping Alviro
Petersen could only get his fingertips to it. And, on 51, he was dropped
in similar fashion by Graeme Smith at first slip when he slashed at
Warner had faced 115 balls by tea, hitting 11 fours and two sixes.
Doolan was more circumspect and faced 85 balls, hitting seven fours.
struck with his fourth ball of the day when Robin Peterson fended a
sharply lifting delivery to Michael Clarke moving to his left from
Vernon Philander played a dogged innings of 15 before
he was leg before wicket to off-spinner Nathan Lyon. Umpire Richard
Illingworth gave Philander not out but the Australians successfully
sought a review which showed the ball was hitting the stumps.
Villiers was the only batsman to play Johnson with any comfort and he
slammed the big left-arm fast bowler through the covers for four as he
sought quick runs before the innings ended.
But he lofted the next ball to mid-off to end a 148-ball innings which included 10 fours and two sixes.