Chasing a mammoth total of 632 runs, Australia reached 110 runs for the loss of three wickets at Lunch on Day Four of the third Test match against South Africa on Monday.
Playing his final Test match, all eyes were on Ricky Ponting, who received a warm welcome from South African cricketers. The Proteas gave the former Australian skipper and second-highest run-getter in Tests a guard of honour on his arrival on the field as the WACA gave a standing ovation.
Ponting, however, could not have a fairytale ending to his illustrious 17-year career that everyone was hoping for. He departed again in single digits, dismissed on eight by Robin Petersen after edging the left-arm spinner to first slip.
But the 37-year-old did give the crowd a couple of glimpses of the form that propelled him to stardom, scoring two boundaries including one via his trademark pulls.
South Africa picked up three wickets in the session, including the dangerous duo of David Warner and Shane Watson, who are known to change the game around with their aggressive strokeplay.
Warner was gone on the second ball of the day as Vernon Philander squared him up and found the edge that went to Graeme Smith at first slip. Watson was set up by Morne Morkel well and fell in similar fashion.
The hosts trail South Africa by 522 runs with seven wickets in hand.
Brief Scores: South Africa 225 and 569 (Hashim Amla 196, AB de Villiers 169; Mitchell Starc 6 for 154, Mitchell Johnson 4 for 110) lead Australia 163 and 110 for 3 (Ed Cowan 37*, David Warner 29; Vernon Philander 1 for 24) by 522 runs
First Published: December 3, 2012, 10:17 am