Aussies build lead after SA collapse

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Australia held a lead of 234 runs at stumps on day three of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, sitting on 27 for one after bowling the hosts out in less than a day thanks to Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson.

Australia held a lead of 234 runs at stumps on day three of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, sitting on 27 for one after bowling the hosts out in less than a day thanks to Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson.

Australia declared overnight on 494 for seven, after day two saw much of the day lost due to rain, and centurion Michael Clarke put the Proteas in to bat on an increasingly sunny day at Newlands.

The Proteas then lost four wickets in the morning session, including half centurion Alviro Petersen and much of the top order, before AB de Villiers and JP Duminy perished in the afternoon. The other four wickets fell with half an hour of the day left.

After the early start, Graeme Smith's poor run of form continued, at his home ground, as he was out for five, edging Harris behind, leaving Petersen, back in the side after illness, to bat with Dean Elgar.

While Petersen went on to make a half century, breaking his own string of poor knocks, Elgar could not replicate the 83 he made in the second Test and was out for 11, caught behind off James Pattinson.

Petersen and Hashim Amla then batted as though they were in an ODI, putting on 53 runs together in less than 10 overs, before the opener was removed. Haddin claimed his third catch of the knock, as Petersen gloved it down the leg side.

Amla was back in the hut soon after, as Harris bowled an absolute jaffer to send the bearded batsman's bails flying. Amla departed for 38 off 52 balls, leaving De Villiers and Faf du Plessis to steady the ship. At lunch they trailed by 376 runs.

De Villiers was out soon after the restart, having added one run to the 13 he had at lunch. His feet did not move as he played away from his body, edging Johnson to Clarke in the slips.

Duminy then batted with Du Plessis, both having a history of long stands against the Aussies, but he was only able to stick around for eight balls. He played at a wider Harris delivery and edged to Haddin for four.

This left Du Plessis and Philander to block out the session. They put on 54 runs over the next 19 overs, with Du Plessis surviving a missed stumping chance, and he was on 42 at tea, while Philander was on 18.

Du Plessis went on to record a battling half ton, surviving an edge early on and then a missed stumping, before going out for 67. He faced 135 balls, before being caught by David Warner off Johnson.

The tail wagged for a few overs, as Philander ended the knock not out on 37, while Dale Steyn, batting with an injured hamstring, played some lusty shots to make a cameo 28. Morne Morkel was the final wicket to fall, caught in the slips off James Pattinson.

The Aussies then chose not to enforce the follow-on, leading by 207, and came in to bat for six overs. Warner was on 25 at the close, off just 17 balls, while Chris Rogers was on one off 19 deliveries.

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