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Warner is ecstatic after reaching his sixth Test century
Australia opening batsman David Warner added to South Africa’s misery on the third day of the first Test in Centurion as he scored a spectacular century.
Warner was well supported by debutant Alex Doolan, who scored a cracking 89.
However, South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers deserves some credit as well as he amassed a valiant 91 during his sides’s dismal first innings.
Starting out the day on 140/6, de Villiers and all-rounder Robin Peterson failed to add a single run onto their 14-run partnership as Peterson was caught by Australia captain Michael Clarke at second slip off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson for 10.
De Villiers and Vernon Philander managed to amass a 49-run partnership, during which de Villiers brought up his half-century, before Philander was given out lbw off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 15.
Clarke decided to review the decision after it was given not out initially and the replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump, which led to the third umpire overturning the original decision.
De Villiers ended up making 91 off 148 balls, which included 10 boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Warner at mid-off off the bowling of Johnson.
South Africa were bowled out for a dreary 206 when Morne Morkel was caught behind off the bowling of Johnson for a golden duck.
Johnson, who registered his 11 five-wicket haul, finished with seven wickets, while Lyon snapped up two and Peter Siddle chipped in with one.
With a lead of 191 in hand, Australia got off to a poor start as opening batsman Chris Rogers was clean bowled by Dale Steyn for just one run.
Warner and Doolan made up for the early loss of Rogers with a brilliant 205-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his sixth Test century and Doolan his half-century, before Warner was caught by South Africa captain Graeme Smith in the slip region off the bowling of Peterson.
Warner’s fantastic knock of 115 came off 151 balls and included 13 boundaries and two sixes.
Doolan ended up making 89 off 154 deliveries, which included 12 boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Jean Paul (JP) Duminy.
Clarke and Shaun Marsh put together an unbeaten 45-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.
Clarke finished on 17 off 32 balls, which included three boundaries, while Marsh remained undefeated on 44 off 73 deliveries, which included five boundaries and a six.
Australia ended the day on 288/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.