Alex Doolan played well during his knock of 89 against South Africa at Centurion in the first Test © Getty Images
Alex Doolan played well during his knock of 89 against South Africa at Centurion in the first Test © Getty Images

 

Feb 15, 2014

 

Going into Day Four of the first Test against South Africa, Australia will look to establish complete control over the proceedings. Australia now lead South Africa by well over 400 runs after bowling out South Africa cheaply for 206 runs in the first innings.

 

For Australia, David Warner and Alex Doolan’s stand of 205 runs for the second wicket helped them to take firm control of the Test. Both batsmen played some eye catching shots, including Doolan using his feet to smash Robin Peterson for a six. Michael Clarke and Shaun Marsh were batting at the end of day’s play. Marsh was unbeaten on 44, while Clarke was unbeaten on 17. A slew of drop catches didn’t help South Africa’s cause for sure. Dale Steyn was the only bowler who looked like a threat.

 

Brief scores:

 

Australia 397 (Shaun Marsh 148, Steven Smith 100; Dale Steyn 4 for 78, Robin Peterson 2 for 49) and 288 for 3 (David Warner 115, Alex Doolan 89, Shaun Marsh 44*; JP Duminy 1 for 12) lead South Africa 206 (AB de Villiers 91; Mitchell Johnson 7 for 68) by 479  runs.

 

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