South Africa vs Australia 3rd Test Day 1: Warner’s century leaves South Africa reeling

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Warner scored his seventh Test century

Australia opening batsman David Warner smashed a sparkling century to leave South Africa reeling at the end of the first day of the third Test in Cape Town.

Warner was well supported by Australia captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder Steven Smith as they both scored half-centuries.

Clarke would have been content with his decision to bat first as the baggy greens’s opening pair of Warner and Chris Rogers amassed a 65-run partnership before Rogers was caught by South Africa captain Graeme Smith at first slip off the bowling of Dale Steyn for 25.

Warner and Alex Doolan kept the runs flowing with a 73-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his half-century, before Doolan was caught by Steyn at wide mid-on off the bowling of Vernon Philander for 20.

Warner and Clarke put together a 79-run partnership, during which Warner registered his seventh Test century, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Jean Paul (JP) Duminy.

Warner’s fantastic knock of 135 came off 152 balls and included 12 boundaries and a six.

Clarke and Steven Smith frustrated South Africa even more as they accumulated an unbeaten 114-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Clarke finished on 92 off 181 balls, which included nine boundaries, while Smith remained undefeated on 50 off 92 deliveries, which included six boundaries and a six.

Steyn, Philander and Duminy picked up one wicket apiece.

Australia ended the day on 331/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.

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