Smith, Amla help South Africa sprint away from Australia

When the critical moment of the series arrived, South Africa grabbed it with a ruthlessness entirely befitting the world’s No. 1 team. On the day they had hoped for a valedictory Perth century from Ricky Ponting to capitalise on a strong opening to the match, Australia were instead dismantled with the bat and run ragged in the field. Hurried along at a cracking pace by Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith, South Africa’s lead is already a vast 292 runs.

Dale Steyn joined Smith and Amla in turning in a command performance, and the hosts’ response was limp, with only the isolated batting resistance of Matthew Wade and a pair of startling catches standing out amid mediocre batting and worse bowling. Ponting’s rapid exit was a sombre subplot as South Africa’s bowlers clambered all over Australia’s batsmen, and Michael Clarke’s team were simply overwhelmed in the final session by the poise and aggression of Amla and Smith. Much like Steyn, they identified the time to strike with fearful precision. Read more
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