De Kock century pushes lead beyond 200

Lunch South Africa 6 for 288 (Bavuma 74*, Philander 3*, Starc 3-71, Hazlewood 3-71) lead Australia 85 by 203 runs
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Quinton de Kock scored his second Test century © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma continued South Africa’s domination of Australia on the third day in Hobart, where their 144-run sixth-wicket stand proved a major frustration for Steven Smith’s men. De Kock carried on his outstanding run of batting form and brought up his second Test century and although he fell before lunch, Bavuma was still at the crease on 74, alongside Vernon Philander, on 3.

South Africa’s total had moved along to 6 for 288 and their lead was 203 runs, which meant Australia faced an enormous task to get themselves back into the contest after being rolled for 85 on the first day. By lunch on day three, Bavuma had occupied the crease for 201 deliveries; Australia’s entire innings had lasted only 197. Such were the embarrassing figures thrown up by Australia’s collapse.

After the entire second day was washed out, South Africa added a further 117 runs to their total in the first session on day three, for the loss only of de Kock’s wicket. And that took until the fourth-last over before lunch, when on 104 he played a tired-looking drive against Josh Hazlewood and missed a ball that moved back in, and was bowled.

But already de Kock had done more than enough damage, his fifth consecutive Test innings of fifty or more placing him in elite company: only Hashim Amla, Alan Melville, Hansie Cronje and Jacques Kallis (three times) among South Africans had achieved that feat before. He brought up his century from his 139th delivery with a single worked through square leg.

Australia’s bowlers had created few chances in the session, although de Kock survived a stumping chance on 72 when Nathan Lyon turned one past the edge and Peter Nevill fumbled his take. And in the final over before the break, Bavuma drove uppishly against Joe Mennie towards mid-on, where Callum Ferguson found himself wrong-footed and was late to the ball, which dropped just in front of him.

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