Zeenews Sports Bureau
Brisbane: A joint power-packed performance by Ed Cowan and Michael Clarke on day three has given Australia hope of salvaging a draw in the Gabba Test against South Africa.
The visitors are in a strong position after ending day three 339 runs in front with Australia only having seven wickets in the shed.
Opener Cowan, playing for his place in the team, launched a rear guard assault late in the day stroking an unusually brisk 49 not out featuring eight fours, while Michael Clarke is unbeaten on 34 with Australia 3-111.
Australia fought back in the middle of the day to hold South Africa to 450, a total 100 runs short of where the Proteas had hoped to finish on a placid track.
Then, like on day one, there was little concentration from Clarke’s men and they were easy prey for their rival’s vaunted pace attack, losing three wickets for just 40 runs after tea, the paper said.
During the morning session South Africa’s twin pillars, Hashim Amla and Kallis reached their centuries and threatened to take Australia out of the contest. Today they combined for 165-run partnership. However, Amla was eventually trapped LBW by Peter Siddle (2-111) for 104, the paper added.
South Africa were also pegged back by the fast outswingers of 22-year-old James Pattinson who finished with 3-93 to lead his country's attack.
Australia (1st innings) Overs: 26 II Score: 111/3
South Africa ended the third day of the Gabba Test on top after snaring three crucial Australian wickets including that of David Warner and Ricky Ponting. Debutant Rob Quiney could only score nine before being caught brilliantly by Dale Steyn off Morne Morkel. Captain Australian skipper Michael Clarke and Ed Cowan made sure that the hosts ended the day without any further hiccup adding 71 runs for the fourth wicket.
South Africa(1st innings) Overs: 151.4 II Score: 450/10
The South African team posted 450 in their first innings after being all-out on the third day of the first Test at Brisbane on Sunday.
Jacques Kallis was the top scorer for the visitors with 147 (274b, 14X4, 1X6). For Australia James Pattinson took 3/93 while Hilfenhaus, Siddle and Lyon took two wickets apiece.
Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis completed their centuries on Day 3 after the previous day’s play was washed out due to rain.
Amla scored 104 (244b, 7X4, 1X6) before being trapped in front by Peter Siddle. His was the only wicket to fall by lunch as Kallis led the progress of the Proteas’ innings along with AB de Villiers.
The first session was extended by half-an-hour to make up for the time lost due to rain.