Du Plessis lifts South Africa to 225

Faf du Plessis was again Australia’s only major stumbling block as South Africa cobbled 225 on day one of the third Test in Perth. In a valuable encore to his match-saving century in Adelaide, du Plessis stroked an unbeaten 78 after coming to the wicket in the middle of a rush of 5 for 14 either side of lunch.

Aside from that frenzied period, Australia found breakthroughs difficult to extract on a bouncy but true WACA ground pitch, suggesting that a large first innings is within their reach if better top-order partnerships can be established. The Australia bowlers shared the spoils, Mitchell Starc perhaps the pick with a pair of late inswingers to bowl Alviro Petersen and Jacques Kallis in the closing minutes of the morning session.

Nathan Lyon vindicated his inclusion with 3 for 41, the debutant John Hastings and vice-captain Shane Watson contributed important wickets, while Mitchell Johnson claimed two of his own and intimidated at times with well-directed short balls. Read more
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