South Africa vs. Australia, 1st Test: Day 3 Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterFebruary 14, 2014

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 14: Mitchell Johnson of Australia celebrates the wicket of Robin Peterson of South Africa during day three of the First Test match between South Africa and Australia on February 14, 2014 in Centurion, South Africa.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Lee Warren/Gallo Images)
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Australia took full control of the first Test against South Africa courtesy of Mitchell Johnson and David Warner's heroics at Centurion.

It was a chastening day for the world's top Test team, who first conceded a lead of 191 runs when they were dismissed for 206, and then fell away completely in the second innings as David Warner's 115 took the Baggy Greens to 288-3 at stumps, with a lead of 479 runs.

South Africa were humiliated, their focus slipping in the field, their use of the DRS clumsy and their hopes of saving the match now resting on two days of batting on a pitch which has seen some uneven bounce against the pace barrage of Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.

Resuming on 140-6 overnight, the Proteas lost wickets at regular intervals. Johnson removed Robin Peterson early on, one of seven wickets he picked up in the innings.

South Africa vs. Australia: 1st Test Scorecard, Day 3
South Africa 1st Innings(Australia 397)
Smith c S Marsh b Johnson 10 8 8
Petersen c Haddin b Johnson 2 24 12
Amla lbw b Siddle 17 52 42
du Plessis c Clarke b Johnson 3 9 5
AB de Villiers c Warner b Johnson 91 234 148
Duminy c Johnson b Lyon 25 74 48
McLaren b Johnson 8 35 33
Peterson c Clarke b Johnson 10 23 23
Philander lbw b Lyon 15 52 35
Steyn not out 7 18 13
M Morkel c Haddin b Johnson 0 5 1
Extras 1nb 1w 14b 2lb 18
Total all out 206 (61.1 ovs)
Harris 17.0 3 51 0
Johnson 17.1 2 68 7
Siddle 13.0 1 33 1
Lyon 14.0 0 38 2
Australia 2nd Innings (1st Inns 397)SA 206
Rogers b Steyn 1 4 4
Warner c Smith b Peterson 115 204 151
Doolan c AB de Villiers b Duminy 89 242 154
S Marsh not out 44 89 73
Clarke not out 17 44 32
Extras 0nb 6w 3b 13lb 22
Total for 3 288 (69.0 ovs)
Philander 11.0 2 28 0
Steyn 13.0 2 60 1
McLaren 11.0 0 47 0
M Morkel 11.0 2 38 0
Peterson 19.0 0 87 1
Duminy 4.0 0 12 1

AB de Villiers was the lone batsman to resist Johnson and attack the rest of the bowlers. Confident and resolute, his 91 was all that stopped the day from being an unqualified embarrassment for his side.

In the end, he too fell to Johnson, trying to score quick runs and holing out to the fielder at mid off. With Johnson then accounting for Morne Morkel with his next delivery, the left-armer will go into the second innings on a hat-trick.

South Africa looked like they would mount a fightback when Dale Steyn removed Chris Rogers with his first ball of the morning, the left-hander dragging the ball back on to his stumps, but from there it was a desperate showing from the home side.

Warner, typically belligerent, offered chances, but they were spurned. Dean Elgar, the substitute fielder, dropped the worst of those when he was on 26, but Graeme Smith shelled another catchable opportunity in the slips.


Warner, meanwhile, continued to score at a pace, and 151-ball 115 put the game well beyond South Africa.

It looked as if Alex Doolan would follow him to the landmark for the first time, but he feathered an edge to the wicketkeeper off the bowling of JP Duminy when on 91.

By that time, however, the lead was long past 400, and there was still plenty of Australia batting in reserve to drive the advantage still further.

Robin Peterson, portrayed a lack of confidence by bowling outside leg stump for much of the time he was called upon, while the seamers seemed to tire as the day wore on. 

And with de Villiers struggling with a hand problem after a throw late in the day, just about the last reason for South African to cheer was wiped away.