South African bowler Vernon Philander appeals for the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Marsh.
South African bowler Vernon Philander appeals for the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Marsh. Rob Griffith

Proteas fight back to leave first Test in balance

CRICKET: Australia heads into day three of the first Test needing quick wickets, after South Africa staged a stirring comeback on day two at the WACA.

But the fightback has come at a cost for the Proteas, who will be without strike bowler Dale Steyn for the rest of the tour after he suffered a recurrence of a shoulder injury.

The quick left the field before lunch and was taken to hospital for scans on the injury.

Resuming the day at 0-105, Australia was cruising at 0-158 before losing all 10 wickets for just 86 runs to be all out at tea for 244, a lead of just two runs.

David Warner was the best of the Australian batsmen, dismissed three runs short of a century, but he still managed to set a record.

The left-hander has now scored 762 Test runs at the WACA, more than any other opener.

Fellow opener Shaun Marsh made 63 and was the only other Australian to score above 30, but he was trapped lbw by Vernon Philander, who was the pick of the South African bowlers with 4-56.

At stumps South Africa was on 2-104, a lead of 102 runs, with opener Dean Elgar unbeaten on 46 and JP Duminy to resume on 34.



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