South Africa trails Australia by one run with six wickets in hand heading into the final session of their series-opening cricket Test in Brisbane as the home team maintained an outside chance of forcing the victory.
The touring team was 114-3, with the injured JP Duminy unable to bat again, in its second innings at tea on day five. Australia captain Michael Clarke earlier set a Gabba scoring record of 259 not out before declaring at 565-5, a first-innings lead of 115 runs.
James Pattinson then removed both openers and fellow fast bowler Peter Siddle dismissed Hashim Amla, leaving Jacques Kallis 40 not out and AB de Villiers on 1 at the interval as South Africa tries to avoid going 1-0 down in the three-match series. A draw is the favored result, according to bookmakers.
Clarke’s score surpassed the previous Gabba Test record of 235 not out by England’s Alastair Cook two years ago. Mike Hussey became the third Australian batsman to hit a century in the innings after opener Ed Cowan made his first Test hundred yesterday. Matthew Wade finished 19 not out.