Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test
11:04 GMT, 2 December 2012
Australia need a daunting 592 runs to win the third Test against South Africa after the tourists dominated the third day at Perth.
Hashim Amla and and AB De Villiers both made big hundreds as the Proteas looked well set to win the three-match series 1-0.
Amla fell just short a double-century and De Villiers made 169 as Graeme Smith`s men closed their second innings on 569 to set the home side a victory target of 632. They closed on 40 without loss.
In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead
South Africa had taken control of the series decider on day two and closed at 230 for two, 292 runs in front.
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Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa
Kallis eventually departed for 37 in 65 balls, top-edging a Mitchell Starc bouncer to Johnson at fine leg.
Amla's innings was unaffected and De Villiers offered solid support to accompany him to lunch, grinding out 18 runs in the process. /12/02/article-2241766-165040DB000005DC-808_468x307.jpg” width=”468″ height=”307″ alt=”Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start” class=”blkBorder” />
Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start
Robin Peterson had failed to trouble the scorers when he was caught by Johnson off Starc with the total on 539 for seven.
Starc went on to claim his fourth wicket when De Villiers fell for 169, caught behind by Matthew Wade after an innings that included 21 fours and three sixes and coming off just 184 balls, with the total on 557 and the lead at over 600.
Starc made it a five-wicket haul when Dale Steyn clipped a rising ball behind to Wade and departed for eight.
Starc finished with six for 154 as he bowled Morne Morkel for a duck to end the South Africa innings 569 on and a lead of 631.
Australia's reply had reached 40 without loss, with David Warner on 29 and Ed Cowan nine not out from 13 overs when the third day's play came to a close.
That left the home side still needing 592 runs to win or two days to bat out and save the Test and deny the Proteas what would be a series-winning victory in a match which carries the extra bounty of the world No 1 spot.