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Ed Cowan (49*) and Michael Clarke (34*) held fort for the hosts after South African pacers penetrated into the top-order on Day Three Getty Images

Brisbane: Nov 11, 2012

Opener Ed Cowan and skipper Michael Clarke led the fightback for Australia on Day Three as the hosts reached 111 runs for the loss of three wickets in the first Test match against South Africa at Gabba on Sunday.

Cowan (49*) and Clarke (34*) held fort for the hosts after South African pacers penetrated into the top-order successfully with Morne Morkel picking up two wickets. Dale Steyn removed opener David Warner for just four runs.

Earlier in the day, South Africa pushed their first innings total well beyond 400 but Australia slowed their charge with four wickets in the afternoon session of the third day at the Gabba.

The Proteas lost four for 52 during part of the middle session including Jacques Kallis for 147 but advanced their hefty first innings total to 434 for seven off 148 overs at tea.

Brief Scores: South Africa 450 all-out (Jacques Kallis 147, Hashim Amla 104; James Pattinson 3 for 93) lead Australia 111 for 3 (Ed Cowan 49*, Michael Clarke 34*; Morne Morkel 2 for 25) by 339 runs.

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