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David Warner, Alex Doolan lead Australia’s charge against South Africa on Day 3

David Warner smashed his 11th half-century in Tests on Friday © Getty Images
David Warner smashed his 11th half-century in Tests on Friday © Getty Images

Feb 14, 2014

David Warner and Alex Doolan‘s unbeaten 146-run stand for the second wicket helped Australia extend their overall lead to 338 runs against South Africa at Centurion on Friday.

Australia recovered very well from the early loss in form of Chris Rogers, as Warner and Doolan batted confidently to take their side ahead.

While Warner took the attack to the opposition with a boundary in regular intervals, debutant Doolan did not allow the South Africans to get over him and break their partnership. The right-handed batsman had a positive approach in the middle, seeing off the deliveries that troubled him and punished the loose ones.

On the other hand, Warner was the more active partner as he scored runs at a brisk rate, but also had his fair share of luck. In the 11th over of Vernon Philander, Warner hit one high in the air towards the fine-leg. Dean Elgar, on the field in place of Dale Steyn, came in at the right time but failed to grab the ball.

In the next over, Ryan McLaren saw a thick edge that came off Warner’s bat was spilled by Alviro Petersen.

Warner was third time lucky as in the 24th over, Graeme Smith failed to take hold of one much above his head, off McClaren.

Earlier in the first session, Australia lost Chris Rogers early in their second innings, as they extended their overall lead to 209 runs in the first Test against South Africa at Centurion. The hosts were bowled out for 206 in the first innings as Mitchell Johnson claimed seven wickets to help Australia take 191-run lead in the first essay.

AB de Villiers was unfortunate to have missed out on a century, as he fell for 91 off 148 balls to Johnson. His effort was the only bright spot for the South Africans in their reply to Australia’s 397.

Johnson claimed three out of four wickets that fell on the third day morning, as Nathan Lyon chipped in with the dismissal of Vernon Philander, who added 49 runs with de Villiers to help his side avoid follow-on.

South Africans resumed their innings at 140 for six, but soon lost Robin Peterson as he failed to keep a delivery off Johnson aimed at the rib cage area, and Michael Clarke did the rest. Peterson’s dismissal brought Philander at the crease; he added 49 runs for the eighth wicket. His stay at the crease was ended by Lyon, who trapped him in front of the wickets.

De Villiers was unfortunate to have missed out on a century, as he waged a lone battle for the hosts. He batted with ease against the menacing pace of Johnson and against Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris. De Villiers slammed 10 boundaries and two sixes during his stay at the crease.

Brief scores:

Australia 397 (Shaun Marsh 148, Steven Smith 100; Dale Steyn 4 for 78, Robin Peterson 2 for 49) & 147 for 1 (David Warner 93*, Alex Doolan 48*; Dale Steyn 1 for 41) lead South Africa 206 (AB de Villiers 91; Mitchell Johnson 7 for 68) by 338 runs.

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