Proteas edge closer to se­ries clean sweep

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A cen­tury by Quin­ton de Kock and a dou­ble strike by Dale Steyn kept South Africa on course to com­plete a se­ries clean sweep, on Day 3 of the third and fi­nal Test against Pak­istan at the Wan­der­ers Sta­dium yes­ter­day. Set a daunt­ing 381 to win, Pak­istan were 153-3 at the close, with Asad Shafiq un­beaten on 48, need­ing an­other 228 runs. De Kock made an im­pe­ri­ous 129, equalling his high­est Test score, be­fore South Africa were bowled out for 303. Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Ma­sood got Pak­istan off to their best start of the se­ries, putting on 67 for the first wicket. But two wick­ets in four overs from Steyn ac­counted for both open­ers. The fast bowler is now joint eighth place on the all-time Test wicket-tak­ers list – along­side Sri Lanka’s Ran­gana Herath and Stu­art Broad of Eng­land – with 433 scalps.

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Above, No­vak Djokovic and Ser­ena Wil­liams, right, prac­tice on the eve of the Aus­tralian Open in Mel­bourne yes­ter­day

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