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

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMarch 1, 2014

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 01:  David Warner of Australia celebrates his century during day 1 of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia at Sahara Park Newlands on March 01, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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A feisty and aggressive Australian batting display gave the visitors the upper hand against South Africa on Day 1 of the third and final Test in Cape Town.

The Proteas had roared back to level the series at 1-1 last time out, but led by David Warner's century, Australia posted 331-3 at stumps.

His chief support came from Michael Clarke, who weathered ferocious attacks with the short ball to reach stumps at 92 not out.

With South Africa rattled by an injury to Dale Steyn which prevented him from bowling for more than half a day, Australia built a solid platform and have a chance to take total control of the match on Day 2.

South Africa vs. Australia, 3rd Test: Scorecard
Australia 1st Innings
Rogers c Smith b Steyn 25 58 41
Warner c AB de Villiers b Duminy 135 255 152
Doolan c Steyn b Philander 20 78 66
Clarke not out 92 239 181
Smith not out 50 123 92
Extras 4nb 5w 0b 0lb 9
Total for 3 331 (88.0 ovs)
Steyn 10.1 0 44 1
Philander 19.0 2 66 1
M Morkel 17.5 2 69 0
Duminy 9.0 0 37 1
Abbott 17.0 5 52 0
Elgar 15.0 0 63 0

It was a far cry from their last effort at Newlands back in 2011, when Australia were dismissed for 47 all out on their way to a comprehensive defeat.

Warner and Chris Rogers started with aggression, the latter falling to a loose shot as Steyn attacked from around the wicket.

But every batsman got a start. Alex Doolan played anchor to the belligerent Warner, but helped a ball from Vernon Philander into the air and allowed a simple catch for Steyn.

Warner continued to score fluently, pouncing on width and punishing anything loose.


Michael Clarke moved back up to No. 4 after Australia swapped out Shaun Marsh for Shane Watson, and James Pattinson came in for Peter Siddle and was assaulted by a battery of fast balls from Morne Morkel.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 01:  Michael Clarke of Australia goes down after getting hit by a delivery from Morne Morkel of South Africa during day one of the third test match between South Africa and Australia at Newlands cricket ground on March 1, 2
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Bowling around the wicket, Morkel was vicious. Clarke's survival owed everything to bravery and good fortune.

But survive he did, and after a relatively lean spell with the bat he made his time count, taking over from Warner when the left-hander edged JP Duminy to the wicketkeeper.

Steve Smith next came in and played his way unobtrusively to 50 not out, making batting look very simple. 

Clarke had the bruises, but both men had the chance to add centuries on Day 2, with Steyn's continued participation in the Test in the balance.