Aus­tralia star­ing down the bar­rel in Perth

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Aus­tralia faces the ig­nominy of los­ing the open­ing Test of the sum­mer for the first time in 28 years af­ter South Africa set the hosts a record 539 runs to win at the WACA. Aus­tralia were 169-4 at stumps on day four with Us­man Khawaja on 58 not out and Mitchell Marsh 15 not out. The home side need a fur­ther 370 runs in a min­i­mum of 90 overs on the last day for the high­est suc­cess­ful run-chase in Test his­tory. South Africa de­clared on 540-8, leav­ing Aus­tralia at least 143 overs in four ses­sions to post the high­est ever fourth-in­nings score to win and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match se­ries. Aus­tralia haven’t lost the first home Test since los­ing to the West Indies at the Gabba in 1988. The high­est suc­cess­ful run-chase be­longs to the West Indies when Brian Lara’s side chased 417 against Aus­tralia and won by three wick­ets in Antigua in May 2003. Aus­tralia’s last Test against South Africa at the WACA ended in a 309-run loss for the home team af­ter be­ing set 632 to win. They were all out in 82.5 overs in that in­nings. Vic­tory looks un­likely for Aus­tralia as the high­est fourth in­nings to­tal at the venue is only 414.

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