Australia’s bowlers had the upper hand on the opening day of the final cricket Test against South Africa in Perth.
Nathan Lyon took 3-41 as South Africa was dismissed for 225 after winning the toss and electing to bat. Mitchell Starc claimed two wickets as Australia took 5-14 on either side of the lunch break.
Faf du Plessis finished an unbeaten 78 and Robin Peterson scored 31 for the visitors.
South Africa’s bowlers then struck quickly as Ed Cowan edged the third ball to Jacques Kallis off Dale Steyn. Shane Watson was then trapped leg before wicket by Vernon Philander for 10 in the sixth over as Australia went on to reach 33-2 at stumps.
David Warner will resume on 12 tomorrow, with night watchman Lyon on seven.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is playing the final match of his career. The 37-year-old, Australia’s record run scorer, announced yesterday he would retire after the Test.
The three-Test series has opened with two draws. South Africa would retain the No. 1 spot in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings by avoiding defeat in the final contest, while Australia can overtake the Proteas at the top with a win.