Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

3 March 2014

South Africa Vs. Australia, Third Test - Five Talking Points, Day Two

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South Africa are on the back foot after just two days in the third and final Test against Australia. David Warner and Michael Clarke scored a century apiece while the hosts are a bowler short, with Dale Steyn unable to bowl due to a hamstring injury. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five talking points from day two.

A mesmerising Michael Clarke hundred has put Australia in the driving seat at stumps on day two of the deciding third Test against Australia.

The Aussie skipper was unbeaten on 161 by close of play on Sunday with his charges amassing 494-7 in two days. South Africa are a man short after Dale Steyn was ruled out of bowling in the first innings due to hamstring niggle, but the attack was far more subdued compared to their sprightly showing in PE. JP Duminy was the most effective bowler with his part-time spin earning him four wickets thus far.

David Warner, Clarke, Steve Smith and even Shane Watson all contributed to help proper the visitors ahead. Rain halted play early on the second day which might very well be the only thing that has gone South Africa's way in the match. There are still three days ...

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