Warner, Clarke frustrate South Africa

David Warner hits ton, Michael Clarke scores 92* as Australia dominate opening day of the third and final Test.

    Warner's 135 was his second century of the three-match series [GALLO/GETTY]
    Warner's 135 was his second century of the three-match series [GALLO/GETTY]

    David Warner thumped a run-a-ball century as Australia dominated the opening day of the third and final Test against South Africa, piling up 331 for three at Newlands.

    First day scorecard

    South Africa first innings

    C Rogers c Smith b Steyn 25
    D Warner c de Villiers b Duminy 135
    A Doolan c Steyn b Philander 20
    M Clarke not out 92
    S Smith not out 50

    Extras (w 5, nb 4) 9 
    Total (3 wickets; 88 overs) 331
    Fall of wickets 1-65, 2-138, 3-217

    The pitch was flat and the tourists took full advantage after winning the toss and electing to bat.

    Warner's 135 punished a wilting South Africa attack that lost Dale Steyn after lunch when the world's top Test bowler limped off complaining of pain in his right hamstring.

    Captain Michael Clarke (92 not out) and Steve Smith (50 not out) put on 114 for the fourth wicket and will resume on the second morning as they seek to bat the home team out of the match.

    Warner, who raised the ire of South Africans after the second Test in Port Elizabeth by suggesting they had tampered with the ball, smashed 12 fours and a six in his 152-ball stay at the crease.

    He recorded his seventh ton before falling to a catch behind by wicketkeeper AB de Villiers off spinner JP Duminy.

    Paceman Steyn had picked up the first wicket, having opener Chris Rogers (25) caught at second slip by skipper Graeme Smith. Alex Doolan then made a patient 20 off 66 deliveries before losing his cool as he tried to pull Vernon Philander, spooning a catch to Steyn at mid-on.

     

    SOURCE: AP


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