DAY THREE ACTION
At stumps on Day 2 South Africa were in severe trouble at 7 for 198, still 196 behind Australia’s first-innings 394, which grew in value with each wicket.
Van Jaarsveld joins squad.
Steyn collected three breakthroughs before lunch to capture 5 for 87, but by the end of the day the 114 runs Michael Clarke marshalled from Australia’s lower order in that session was the most important early development. From there they controlled the South Africans in a style that was familiar to the country’s previous outfits. Once again it looks as if Graeme Smith’s side is better as a chaser instead of a leader.
Smith followed his 108 in Perth with a committed 62 that held the top order together until he departed to a clever plan from Siddle. The dismissal switched South Africa to survival mode and JP Duminy was the only specialist left to deal with the problems. He reached a calm 34 at the close and should not expect much help from the remaining batsmen.
Van Jaarsveld joins squad
Vaughn van Jaarsveld will join South Africa’s Test squad on Sunday to cover for ongoing injuries to Ashwell Prince and Graeme Smith. Prince suffered a cracked thumb prior to the Perth Test and JP Duminy was promoted to the starting line-up, leaving no backup batsman in the touring party.
►Australia’s last four wickets added 117 runs. The average partnership per wicket for the last four wickets for Australia this year is 28.25, second only to Sri Lanka’s 29.44.
►Dale Steyn’s 5 for 87 is his fourth five-wicket haul of the year – he is the highest wicket-taker in 2008 – and his 29 overs in Australia’s innings are the most he’s bowled in any of his ten five-fors.
►AB de Villiers’ 7 off 51 marked a stark contrast to his match-winning century in Perth. He struggled the most against Nathan Hauritz, scoring just 1 off 29 balls.