Du­miny, El­gar cen­turies put South Africa on top

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South Africa’s JP Du­miny and Dean El­gar both scored cen­turies in a third-wicket part­ner­ship of 250 to drive the tourists to a 388run lead over Aus­tralia at the end of the third day of the first test yes­ter­day.

Aus­tralia re­moved both cen­tu­ri­ons around the tea break, as well as Temba Bavuma and cap­tain Faf du Plessis in the last hour, but by then the dam­age had been done and the Proteas will go into day four on 390 for six.

Quin­ton de Kock, who was dropped by Adam Vo­ges on one, was at the crease un­beaten on 16 at the end of a long, hot day at the WACA, along with Ver­non Phi­lan­der, who had made 23 not out. South African pace­man Dale Steyn was ruled out of the rest of the se­ries with a frac­tured shoul­der on Fri­day and will play no fur­ther part in the match, re­duc­ing the num­ber of wick­ets Aus­tralia need to take.

Steyn was a mem­ber of the Proteas team that chased down 414 to beat Aus­tralia at the WACA in 2008 but it was a debu­tant Du­miny who scored the three runs off Mitchell John­son that got the South Africans over the line.

Now 32, Du­miny looks to have played a key role in an­other Perth tri­umph af­ter his bril­liant 141 rammed home South Africa’s ad­van­tage af­ter they had skit­tled Aus­tralia for 244 in re­ply to their 242 on Fri­day.

Du­miny faced 225 balls and hit 20 of them for fours with an­other go­ing for six, over­haul­ing part­ner El­gar be­fore lunch and reach­ing his fifth test cen­tury with two runs to deep cover soon af­ter the break.

It was his first cen­tury in two years and his third against Aus­tralia, just re­ward for a mas­ter­class of calm con­trol and shot-mak­ing.

The end came just as it looked like the pair of left-han­ders would bat through to tea, Peter Sid­dle ben­e­fit­ing from a DRS re­view when the tech­nol­ogy re­vealed a nick off the bat that car­ried through to wick­et­keeper Peter Nevill.

El­gar did not have such a good ex­pe­ri­ence on his pre­vi­ous visit to the WACA, hav­ing got a pair when he made his test de­but at the ground in 2012, al­beit on the win­ning team.

Dogged and de­ter­mined where Du­miny was flu­ent, the 29-year-old reached his fifth test cen­tury half an hour be­fore tea af­ter a pro­longed spell in the “ner­vous nineties”.

(Overnight: 104-2) Stephen Cook c Shaun Marsh b Sid­dle Dean El­gar c Starc b Ha­zle­wood Hashim Amla b Ha­zle­wood Jean-Paul Du­miny c Nevill b Sid­dle Faf du Plessis c Nevill b Starc Temba Bavuma c Khawaja b Marsh 12 127 1 141 32 8

His ca­reer-best 127 came off 316 balls and he had hit 17 fours and one six when Josh Ha­zle­wood fi­nally win­kled him out af­ter tea when he of­fered a tired shot and got an edge which Mitchell Starc took at gully.

Starc should have caught El­gar on 81 when the bats­man skied the ball to mid-off but he lost the ball in the Perth sun, tripped him­self over try­ing to read­just his po­si­tion and spilled it on the turf, to the de­spair of bowler Nathan Lyon.

The left-arm pace­man also ac­counted for Du Plessis (32), a fine edge taken be­hind by Nevill, while Ha­zle­wood had Bavuma well caught by Us­man Khawaja at deep square leg for eight but the col­lapse Aus­tralia needed never ma­te­ri­alised. Af­ter Perth, the se­ries con­tin­ues in Hobart be­fore con­clud­ing with a day-night test at Adelaide Oval. — Reuters

PERTH: Aus­tralian bowler Peter Sid­dle (R) gri­maces as he at­tempts to stop a shot from South Africa’s Dean El­gar (L) on day three of the first Test cricket match be­tween Aus­tralia and South Africa in Perth yes­ter­day. — AFP

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