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Australia dominate South Africa to finish at 434/4 at lunch on Day 2, 3rd Test

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Michael Clarke brought up his 27th Test hundred © Getty Images

March 2, 2014

Australia were in total command at lunch on Day two of the third and final Test against South Africa in Cape Town at 434 for four off thanks to Michael Clarke’s caution and a belligerent batting display by Steven Smith.

Resuming the day’s play at 331 for three, South Africa desperately needed quick wickets early in the day to restrict the Aussies. Than plan, however, was thwarted by Smith, taking the South African bowlers to the cleaners with a wide range of shots.

Michael Clarke completed his 27th Test hundred after Kyle Abbott had him was all over the Australian captain, completing six maidens to leave Clarke stranded on 99 for 24 deliveries.

After Dale Steyn bowled just 10 overs yesterday, much of the bowling workload fell on Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.

Philander was treated with utmost disdain by Smith, smashing him for good cricketing shots all around the wicket. Smith was unfortunate to not bring up his century and was dismissed for 84, dragging a Dean Elgar delivery back onto the stumps.

Clarke was joined by Shane Watson, who was making his comeback in this series after missing the first two due to injury. Watson played some promising shots and Clarke has started playing his shots after his century.

Brief scores:

Australia 434 for 4 (David Warner 135, Michael Clarke 137*, Steven Smith 84; Dale Steyn 1 for 44, JP Duminy 1 for 39) vs South Africa.

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