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Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane,1st Test, Date - 09/11/2012, Toss won by - South Africa, Day - 5
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  • Australia drew with South Africa
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Commentary (Australia innings)

Psychologically, South Africa may have not anticipated that so another good point on Michael Clarke's captaincy on completely catching them off-guard with this untimely declaration. South Africa have 79 overs to bat out today. Wonder if Australia can manage to do anything to trouble the batsmen, on a wicket which still seems to be a Day 1 wicket, apart from the one-odd delivery which keeps low and bounces.

And that will be the DECLARATION. Michael Clarke has once again put his team ahead of his personal glory as a record-breaking 300 was available on the cards. But still, giving his bowlers at least an hour to run in against the Protea batsmen before lunch was a more sensible decision. Australia piled up 78 overs today.

DRINKS BREAK.

137.6 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Slow and full on the pads, 115.5 kph, Wade waits on and defends. 565/5

137.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Short and wide delivery, well outside off, Clarke steers it away past point and takes a single. 565/5

137.4 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Full in length, Wade strokes it down the ground and takes one. 564/5

137.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Full length delivery outside off, Clarke drives it through the covers region. Morkel with the chase and they take three runs. 563/5

137.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Bangs in short again, Clarke fends it away on the off side. 560/5

137.1 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Short of a length delivery, 131 kph, Wade mistimes his pull shot down the ground and takes one. 560/5

136.6 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke cuts it past point and takes a couple. 559/5

136.5 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke stays put and defends. 557/5

136.4 D Steyn to Wade, Another full length delivery, a sweeper cover has been kept now after the last shot and Wade has driven there for single. 557/5

136.3 D Steyn to Wade, FOUR! What a shot! Steyn has been made a mockery out here now. Half-volley outside off at 136.9 kph, Wade gets forward and crashes it over extra covers for a boundary. 556/5

136.2 D Steyn to Wade, A little full this time, outside off, Wade executes an effective square-drive through covers for a couple. 552/5

136.1 D Steyn to Wade, A good length delivery outside off, Wade lets it alone. 550/5

135.6 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Angles down a length delivery, Wade misses his flick and they take a leg bye off that. 550/5

135.5 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Short of a length this time, Wade attempts to pull that one away but misses out. 549/5

135.4 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Full in length this time, driven down to mid off. 549/5

135.3 R Kleinveldt to Wade, FOUR! Room offered, wide outside off and it's short, Wade gets back and crashes it over point for back-to-back boundaries. 549/5

135.2 Kleinveldt to Wade, FOUR! Great shot! Kleinveldt offers a half-volley outside off, 131.4 kph, Wade gets out and smashes it past the bowler through mid off for his first boundary. 545/5

135.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Bangs in short outside off, Clarke rather plays a struggling ugly-looking shot with a lob over extra covers for a single. 541/5

134.6 D Steyn to Wade, Wade has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 540/5

134.5 D Steyn to Wade, Gets beaten on the back foot with a play and a miss. 540/5

134.4 D Steyn to M Wade, Bowls full and wide outside off this time, Wade leans into it for the cover-drive but Faf du Plessis does not let it race away with a dive to his right. 540/5

134.3 D Steyn to Wade, A touch short, Wade dabs at it awkwardly on the off side. 540/5

134.2 D Steyn to Wade, Full and wide outside off, Wade leaves it alone this time. 540/5

134.1 D Steyn to Clarke, A short of a length delivery, Clarke taps it down on the off side and takes a single. 540/5

133.6 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Another full and wide delivery, Wade does not play at that. 539/5

133.5 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Wade has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 539/5

133.4 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Wade shoulders arms to let that one through. 539/5

133.3 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Pitched up delivery, well outside off, Wade gets on the front foot and thumps it hard but there is a good stop at cover-point. 539/5

133.2 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Bouncer! Wade ducks in time to let that one go over him. 539/5

133.1 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Pitched up delivery, Wade gets forward and taps it into the ground. 539/5

Michael Clarke aka Pup crosses the 250 mark for the second time in his career. He has hit two back to back fours to get to it and I reckon he will go for the triple too.

132.6 Steyn to Clarke, FOUR! And now straight down the ground. No respect for Steyn there and it was more of an arrogant stroke. Pitched up delivery, Clarke stays on his crease and nails it down the ground. 539/5

132.5 D Steyn to Clarke, FOUR! Excellent shot there. Steyn drifts a full length delivery into the pads, Clarke just helps it away, up and over mid-wicket for a boundary. 535/5

132.4 D Steyn to Clarke, Well wide and on a good length outside off, Clarke throws everything at that but could not connect. 531/5

132.3 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke stays back and defends. 531/5

132.2 D Steyn to Wade, Full in length outside off, Wade taps it in front of point for a single. 531/5

132.1 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length delivery on the middle, tucked down through square leg for one. 530/5

Dale Steyn back into the attack.

131.6 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Gets right across to a full length delivery and allows it through. 529/5

131.5 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Makes it the sixth leave outside off to end the over. 529/5

131.4 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Wade chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 529/5

131.3 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Full length delivery and wide outside off, Wade covers the line and makes it four leaves in a row. 529/5

131.2 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Another good length delivery, left alone outside off. 529/5

131.2 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Wade shoulders arms to let that one through. No Ball signalled by the umpire as Kleinveldt over-steps for the 12th time in the innings. 529/5

131.1 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Comes around the wicket and bowls it on a good length outside off, Wade lets it through. 528/5

Rory Kleinveldt comes in to the attack. He has bowled a lot of no balls in this innings. 11 to be precise.

130.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Just back of a length on off. Clarke defends it to the off side off his back foot. 528/5

130.5 M Morkel to Wade, Angles it into Wade. He pushes it into a tiny gap on the off side and charges through for a quick single to get off the mark. 528/5

130.4 M Morkel to Wade, Morkel comes around the wicket and pushes it wide outside off. Wade lets it through. 527/5

130.3 M Morkel to M Wade, Morkel angles it across Wade who has a push at it outside the off stump. He gets and edge and the ball drops just short of Smith at first slip. 527/5

130.2 M Morkel to Wade, Good length ball coming in. Wade gets behind it and taps it calmly down to the off side. 527/5

Matthew Wade walks in at 7.

130.1 M Morkel to Hussey, OUT! Hussey has perished! Fullish delivery outside off. Hussey plays an uppish cover drive straight to Faf du Plessis at extra cover who takes it at a low height, but very comfortable. Hussey's brisk innings comes to an end. Morkel had troubled him quite a lot last evening and today morning. He finally gets his man. 527/5

129.6 V Philander to Clarke, Similar defensive shot to a similar length delivery. No run. Australia lead by 77 now. 527/4

129.5 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball just outside off. Clarke pushes it quietly to the covers. 527/4

Hussey has played another one of his good knocks to get to his 17th Test hundred and his second against the Proteas. This innings from him will probably be over shadowed by Clarke's double century and Cowan's first hundred. However, he provided ample support to Clarke after he came in, not allowing the Proteas to make any further inroads after Cowan's departure.

129.4 V Philander to Hussey, Hussey taps this length ball past point and hurries for a quick single. Clarke runs hard as there is a shy at the striker's end. He completes it in the end as the throw doesn't hit the stumps. 527/4

129.3 V Philander to M Hussey, NOT OUT! It is bowled on a length and comes back in. Hussey is late on the flick and misses the ball as it thuds into his pads. The Proteas go up in appeal. Bowden turns it down and Smith wants him to go upstairs. Hot spots show an inside edge and Hussey is safe. His heart must have been pounding there as he sits on 99. 526/4

The Proteas ask for a review for Hussey's wicket.

129.2 V Philander to Clarke, Back of a length ball outside off and Clarke pushes it into the gap in the covers for a single. Hussey is back on strike, on 99. 526/4

129.1 V Philander to Hussey, Full delivery angled across Hussey. He comes forward and drives it through the covers uppishly and safely. The ball dies down as it reaches the ropes and the batsmen take three. 525/4

128.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Length ball comes in after pitching just outside off. Clarke taps it down to gully. Can't find the gap. 522/4

128.5 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length ball on off. Clarke watches it on to the bat and defends it back to the bowler. 522/4

Morkel holds back the delivery as he approaches the crease.

128.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Good length ball outside off. Hussey opens the face and guides it behind point for a well places three. 522/4

128.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Back of a length on off pushing Hussey back. He pushes it well off his back foot besides the pitch on the off side. 519/4

128.2 M Morkel to Hussey, Plays a good looking drives straight to extra cover where the dive helps in conceding no run. 519/4

128.1 M Morkel to Hussey, Back of a length ball just outside off. Hussey leaves it alone. 519/4

127.6 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on off. Clarke stays back and gets behind it to push it to the covers off his back foot. 519/4

127.5 V Philander to Clarke, Short of a good length ball just outside off. Clarke opens the face of the bat and pats it behind point for a couple. 519/4

127.4 V Philander to Clarke, Pitches it shorter and outside off. Clarke is rooted to his crease as he tries to cut and misses. 517/4

127.3 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on off and swinging away. Clarke has a prod at it outside his off stump and the movement beats him. 517/4

127.2 V Philander to M Clarke, Pitched up just outside off and Clarke drives it well to mid off. 517/4

127.1 V Philander to Clarke, Fuller length ball outside off. Clarke comes forward and pushes it to the covers. 517/4

126.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Hits his shoulder this time with a spicy bouncer. They take a leg bye though. 517/4

126.5 M Morkel to Clarke, OUCH! Good delivery, spits up off a length as Clarke is late on it and gets hit on his ribs. He looks in considerable pain out there. Morkel bent his back on this one for sure. He did not like the last boundary I reckon. 516/4

Clarke passes Cook's score of 235 to get the highest individual Test score at the venue.

126.4 Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Slammed! Pitched up on off and Clarke hammers it back down the ground very authoritatively. 516/4

126.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Just outside off and back of a length. Clarke stays back and hits it straight to point. 512/4

126.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Defends this length ball by getting right behind the line of it into the off side. 512/4

126.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Bangs it in on off and bounces away past Clarke's pull shot which he misses. The ball doesn't get up high enough and passes just over the off stump. 512/4

125.6 V Philander to Hussey, Defends this off the back foot into the covers with an angled bat. 512/4

125.5 V Philander to M Hussey, FOUR! Class written all over it! Hussey leans into the ball as it it pitched up outside off and pierces the gap between mid off and extra cover, to the boundary. He moves into the nineties. 512/4

125.4 V Philander to Hussey, Hussey stays back and watches it go through past him outside the off stump. 508/4

125.3 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball just outside off. Clarke comes forward and drives it on the up past extra cover for three. He is middling almost everything out there. 508/4

125.2 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke plays this length ball on off back to Philander. 505/4

125.1 V Philander to Clarke, Pitched up on off stump. Clarke tries to power it down the ground but mis-times and finds mid on. 505/4

124.6 M Morkel to Hussey, Pushes it wider outside off, fullish too. Hussey is tempted to drive and he misses as he flays the bat at it. 505/4

124.5 M Morkel to Hussey, Back of a length ball just outside off. Hussey lets it through. 505/4

124.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Bowls it tighter towards off stump. Hussey watches it on to the bat and defends it to the covers. 505/4

124.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Back of a length just outside off. Hussey leaves it alone. 505/4

124.2 M Morkel to Hussey, Hussey comes forward and plays a defensive push past a diving gully. The ball goes through and they take a couple. 505/4

124.1 M Morkel to Hussey, Bowls it on a full length wide of off stump. Hussey comes forward and lets it through. 503/4

123.6 V Philander to Clarke, Another one in line with the stumps on a good length. Clarke gets behind it and plays it to mid off. 503/4

123.5 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on the off stick. Clarke defends it back to the bowler with a straight bat. 503/4

123.4 V Philander to Clarke, Play and miss! Bowls it in the channel and gets it to move away ever so slightly. Clarke comes forward and tries to defend but misses. 503/4

123.3 V Philander to Clarke, Plays a defensive stroke from within the crease back to the bowler. 503/4

123.2 V Philander to Clarke, Plays a cracking drive straight to extra cover. Couldn't find the gap. 503/4

123.1 V Philander to Hussey, Back of a length ball on middle and off. Hussey tries to tap it down with a closed face back on to the pitch. The ball jars into his pads as he is hurried into the shot. They run a leg bye. 503/4

The 200 run partnership comes up between the pair. It is the second of the Aussie innings after Clarke featured in the first with Cowan. The boundary brings up the 500 of the innings too.

122.6 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Pitched up outside off. Clarke leans in and drives it beating mid off as the ball rolls to the boundary. 502/4

122.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Shortish on middle. Clarke stays back and pulls it in front of fine leg for a couple. 498/4

122.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Comes in with the angle on a length just outside off. Hussey defends it with soft hands to mid off and takes off for a quick single. 496/4

122.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Hussey is beaten as Morkel comes around the wicket and bowls it on a good length just outside off stump. Hussey tried to play a cover drive there. 495/4

122.2 M Morkel to Clarke, On the pads on a length. Clarke leans in and flicks it to the on side for one. 495/4

122.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length ball outside off. Clarke sees the width and tries to cut hard. But, he misses. 494/4

Morne Morkel will bowl from the other end to Michael Clarke.

121.6 V Philander to Clarke, Back of a length on middle on 128.7 kph and leg. Clarke plays a back foot punchy drive through the on side for three. Good start for Pup. 494/4

121.5 V Philander to M Clarke, Just back of a length on middle. The ball holds the line and comes in with the initial angle. Clarke tries to defend and gets an inside edge on to his pads as it rolls down to the off side. 491/4

121.4 V Philander to Clarke, Fullish on the off stump. Clarke gets forward and defends it off his front foot. 491/4

121.3 V Philander to Clarke, FOUR! Smashed away! Shortish with width outside off. Clarke stays back and slaps it in front of point for the first boundary of the day. 491/4

121.2 V Philander to Clarke, A good length ball just outside off. Clarke punches this one again to the covers off the front foot. 487/4

121.1 V Philander to Clarke, Back of a length just outside off. Clarke punches it to the covers. 487/4

The South Africans are on the field and ready to go as the two Michaels, Clarke and Hussey walk out to the middle. Clarke will face the first ball of the day from Vernon Philander

The teams are going through their final warm up vigorously and play should be underway anytime now. Clarke is close to beating the highest individual Test score at the Gabba, 235 by Alastair Cook during the Ashes in 2010.

When the Proteas are put in, their primary aim will be to play safe and not concede the match to the hosts. We will find out shortly what course this match takes as we wait for play to start.

They might look to bat for an hour or two and amass a lead of around 150 or a little more, after which their bowlers should go all out at the Protea batsmen. The pitch hasn't shown any wear and tear in spite of a rough patch on either ends for the left hander, as we progress into the final day of play and will play true mostly.

Hello and welcome to the final day of the Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba. The current situation doesn't see either team with a chance of victory yet. However, Australia have a slight upper hand with a slim lead which they will try to increase in the first session for sure.

Do join us for the coverage of the last day's play and hope that it would be an exciting day of cricket rather than a boring one. Have a nice day ahead!

It looks like it is going to be a draw tomorrow. It would require a miracle from the Aussies if they get a quick lead and put the Proteas in after which they will need to pick up quick wickets to have any chance of forcing a result. South Africa were outplayed today and will hope for a better showing come day 5.

Cowan played a memorable innings, scoring his maiden Test century. He was run out freakishly on 136. Clarke continued to stay on and scored his third double century to end on 210 not out. Hussey joined in the party by remaining on 86 at stumps.

It has been Australia all day long on day 4. They stole the show away from the South African bowlers by miles as they have put up 487/4 being 37 runs ahead. The Proteas manages to pick up just one wicket in the entire day and leaked out a lot of runs in the last hour of play today.

120.6 D Steyn to Hussey, FOUR! Cheeky! Fullish on off stump. Hussey opens the face by getting close to the ball and guides it through the slip cordon for a measured boundary to end the day's play. 487/4

120.5 D Steyn to Hussey, Short ball angling in. Hussey misses his pull, surprisingly. The ball goes down the leg side to AB de Villiers. 483/4

120.4 D Steyn to Hussey, Shoulders arms to this length ball outside off watchfully. 483/4

120.3 D Steyn to Hussey, Defended off the back foot to mid off. 483/4

120.2 D Steyn to Hussey, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 483/4

120.1 D Steyn to M Hussey, Fullish outside off. Hussey drives it to mid off. 483/4

Clarke becomes the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in this calendar year, in 7 matches in 11 innings.

119.6 A Petersen to M Clarke, The batsman has driven it through mid-off. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 483/4

119.5 A Petersen to Clarke, On the pads. Clarke tucks it away past the keeper on the leg side for a couple again. 481/4

119.4 A Petersen to Clarke, FOUR! Smashed back! Jumps out again and hits it past a diving mid off for a four. 479/4

119.3 A Petersen to Clarke, Clarke chips down the track and hits it straight to mid on. 475/4

119.2 A Petersen to Clarke, Stays back and punches this short ball to deep cover for a couple. 475/4

119.1 A Petersen to Clarke, Clarke backs away to this shortish ball and tries to cut. Misses it though. 473/4

118.6 D Steyn to Hussey, Tight line on off. Hussey defends it to the off side. 473/4

118.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Short of a length delivery outside off. Clarke punches it to deep cover for one. 473/4

118.4 D Steyn to Clarke, FOUR! Raced away! Short and wide from Steyn. Clarke cuts it between point and gully. The ball speeds away to the boundary. 472/4

118.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Cracking stroke off the back foot. Punches it away past the cover fielder for a couple. 468/4

118.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Full ball just outside off. Clarke shoulders arms to it. The run rate is quite close to four an over now as this partnership is on 167 of 205 balls. 466/4

118.1 D Steyn to Hussey, Hussey plays a good looking drive past the cover fielder for a single. 466/4

117.6 A Petersen to Hussey, Threads this full delivery outside off through the covers for three. 465/4

117.5 A Petersen to Hussey, Defends this ball down to point. 462/4

117.4 A Petersen to Hussey, Defends this off the back foot into the covers. 462/4

117.3 A Petersen to Clarke, Driven towards the mid-on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 462/4

117.2 A Petersen to Hussey, Sweeps this down to square leg for an easy single. He is inching towards his hundred as well. 461/4

117.1 A Petersen to M Hussey, Short and wide. Hussey cuts it away behind point for a couple. 460/4

116.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Stays in the crease and smashed this one straight to the cover fielder. A good shot for nothing. 458/4

116.5 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length ball on off. Clarke defends it to the off side off the back foot. 458/4

116.4 D Steyn to Clarke, Short of a length ball just outside off. Left alone. 458/4

There is some stoppage in play. The landing area at the crease for the bowler has gone into the earth it seems. Steyn complains and a ground staff comes out to level it out.

116.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Defends this one off the back foot to the off side. 458/4

Clarke gets to his second double hundred. He has one triple century and now two doubles. This marathon effort has saved the match for his team. He raises his bat to the crowd and looks very satisfied. His strike rate has been commendable, at just under 60.

116.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Drives this straight back past the bowler to take two and bring up the well deserved double century. 458/4

116.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Back of a length ball outside off. Clarke lets it through. 456/4

Clarke is two away from his double hundred as Steyn comes to bowl.

115.6 A Petersen to Hussey, Defends this quietly into the off side. 456/4

115.5 A Petersen to Clarke, Turns this one to square leg for a quick single. 456/4

115.4 A Petersen to Hussey, Short and cut away to point. Steyn mis-fields and they take a single. 455/4

115.3 A Petersen to Hussey, Full and on the off stick. Defended off the front foot. 454/4

115.2 A Petersen to Clarke, Tucked away down to the leg side for one. 454/4

115.1 A Petersen to Clarke, Slow on the middle. Played away down to the on side. 453/4

Alviro Petersen into the attack.

114.6 M Morkel to Hussey, Plays a lovely drive straight to short extra cover on the up. 453/4

114.5 M Morkel to Hussey, Defended from within the crease of the off side. 453/4

114.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Length ball just outside off. Hussey leaves it alone. 453/4

114.3 M Morkel to M Hussey, FOUR! Similar shot but different area! Good length outside off. Hussey tries to drive again but find the edge to the third man fence. They have got past the South African total now. 453/4

114.2 M Morkel to Hussey, FOUR! Awesome! Full outside off. Hussey leans forward to this full delivery and drives in his typical fashion to the cover boundary. 449/4

114.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Shortish outside off. Clarke arches back and guides it past a diving gully. Amla runs across from deep point and stops it just inside the ropes at third man. They run three. 445/4

113.6 V Philander to Hussey, Length ball just outside off. Defended to the off side off the back foot. Just 8 behind now. 442/4

113.5 V Philander to Hussey, Fuller on off. Hussey comes forward and defends off the front foot. 442/4

113.4 V Philander to Hussey, Similar length ball just outside off. Hussey defends it off the back foot. 442/4

113.3 V Philander to Hussey, Tight! On a length on off stump. Hussey defends it watchfully from within the crease. 442/4

113.2 V Philander to Clarke, Short of a length outside off. Clarke cuts it away to deep point for one. 442/4

113.1 V Philander to Clarke, Hussey shoulders arms to this back of a length ball outside off. 441/4

112.6 M Morkel to Hussey, FOUR! Very pendulum like over! It swung the bowler's way at first and then Hussey's later. Short and on the body. Hussey swivels and pulls it away behind square for a superb boundary. He has the last laugh. 441/4

112.5 M Morkel to Hussey, And Morkel bounces back now. The story remains the same, just like the first three balls of this over. 437/4

112.4 M Morkel to Hussey, FOUR! And Hussey replies with a boundary! Full outside off and Hussey leans into it to pull out a classical cover drive to the boundary. 437/4

112.3 M Morkel to Hussey, A hat trick of play and misses. Similar length and similar movement. Hussey puts his bat out again and is comprehensively beaten. 433/4

112.2 M Morkel to Hussey, Good length ball on off stump. This time it rises after pitching and surprises Hussey as he is beaten yet again. 433/4

112.1 M Morkel to Hussey, Beats the bat! Angles it in and gets it to move away slightly. Hussey is forced to play but misses. 433/4

111.6 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on off. Clarke defends it off the back foot. 433/4

111.5 V Philander to Clarke, Fuller outside off stump. Clarke defends off the front foot. 433/4

111.4 V Philander to Clarke, FOUR! Deft! Back of a length just outside off. Clarke opens the face of the bat at the last second and guides it past the slips and into the boundary. 433/4

111.3 V Philander to Clarke, Pitched up outside off. Clarke gets forward, covers the swing and defends it to the off side. 429/4

111.2 V Philander to Clarke, Short of a good length outside off. Clarke punches it to the covers. 429/4

111.1 V Philander to Clarke, FOUR! Strayed and punished! On the pads down the leg side. Clarke helps it away to the fine leg boundary and beats the fielder down there. 429/4

Philander comes back on into the attack.

110.6 M Morkel to Hussey, FOUR! Full and outside off. Hussey goes for the drive and finds the edge past gully and into the boundary. 425/4

110.5 M Morkel to Hussey, Short ball outside off. Hussey misses the cut shot. It was indeed on. 421/4

110.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 421/4

110.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Bowled it short on the ribs. Clarke tucks it away to the leg side for a couple. 420/4

110.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Down the leg side and Clarke misses his flick as the ball goes down to the keeper. 418/4

110.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Good length ball outside off. Clarke misses his shot as he tries to cut it to point. 418/4

109.6 H Amla to Clarke, Full and Clarke chips down to the pitch of the ball and drives it to long on for one. 418/4

109.5 H Amla to Hussey, Straight and on the pads. Tucked away to the on side for one. 417/4

109.4 H Amla to Hussey, Flighted ball on off. Defends it back to the bowler. 416/4

109.3 H Amla to Clarke, Short again outside off. Clarke cuts it past the cover fielder for three. Philander gets a foot to the ball just inside the ropes. 416/4

109.2 H Amla to Clarke, Comes down the track to this shortish ball and defends it cleanly back to the bowler. 413/4

109.1 H Amla to Hussey, Flighted up on the leg stump. Hussey turns it to the leg side for one. 413/4

108.6 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Straight as an arrow! Full delivery on middle and leg. Clarke plays a beautiful drive past mid on for the second consecutive boundary. 412/4

108.5 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Pierces the gap finally! Full and the drive evades the cover fielder to the boundary. 408/4

108.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length ball on off. Defended off the back foot from within the crease. 404/4

108.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Full on off. Clarke drives it nicely to cover. 404/4

108.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 404/4

108.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Full length delivery, defended off the back foot. 404/4

A change at the other end as well. Morne Morkel, a regular bowler this time.

107.6 H Amla to Clarke, Shortish outside off. Clarke cuts it to deep point for one. 404/4

107.5 H Amla to Clarke, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 403/4

107.4 H Amla to Clarke, Flighted on off. Clarke pays respect to it by defending it off the front foot back to Amla. 403/4

107.3 H Amla to Hussey, Short on middle and Hussey pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for one. 403/4

107.2 H Amla to Hussey, Bowls it slow on the pads. Hussey gently plays it down the leg side past the keeper. 402/4

107.1 H Amla to Clarke, Short ball on middle and leg. Clarke punches this to long on off his back foot. 402/4

Hashim Amla to bowl now. Spin I guess.

106.6 J Kallis to Hussey, Pushed to the covers off his back foot to this length ball just outside off. 401/4

As the on air commentators get back at McGrath when he says that he wants to bat, he gets back at them by saying that Slater and Tubby Taylor got a wicket too in one of the matches they played together in.

106.5 J Kallis to Hussey, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 401/4

106.4 J Kallis to Clarke, A short of a length delivery on off. Clarke slaps it away to deep point for one. 401/4

106.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 400/4

The pair brings up the 100 partnership too now.

Glen McGrath reckons that he would like to get his pads on and go out to bat. Do we want that now? It is already quite boring out there.

106.2 J Kallis to Clarke, FOUR! Helped away! On the pads and Clarke just has to get some bat on to it which he does. The ball goes away to the fine leg fence. 400/4

106.1 J Kallis to Hussey, Full outside off. Hussey drives it powerfully and cover does well to stop it. They take a single nevertheless. 396/4

Mr. Cricket gets to his 29tth 50 in Tests and sixth against the Proteas.

105.6 G Smith to Hussey, Gets to his 50 by slapping this to deep cover for one. 395/4

105.5 G Smith to M Clarke, A bit fuller. Clarke drives it down to long on for one. 394/4

105.4 G Smith to Clarke, Straight on the stumps. Clarke offers a dead straight bat to it. 393/4

105.3 G Smith to Clarke, On the pads and Clarke can't find the gap at square leg. 393/4

105.2 G Smith to Clarke, Short on off and Clarke moves back and away to cut it well through the covers for a couple. 393/4

105.1 G Smith to Clarke, Clarke turns this ball down to the leg side to mid-wicket. 391/4

104.6 J Kallis to Hussey, Length ball across Hussey who leaves it alone. He seems to be in the 'nervous 40s' here. 391/4

104.5 J Kallis to Hussey, Fullish on off and driven straight to mid off. 391/4

104.4 J Kallis to Hussey, Lets this through to the keeper as it is bowled on length just outside off. 391/4

104.3 J Kallis to Hussey, Good length ball on off. Hussey defends it from within the crease to the off side. 391/4

104.2 J Kallis to Clarke, Short ball, pulled away by Clarke to fine leg for one. 391/4

104.1 J Kallis to Clarke, Full and wide outside off. Clarke throws his bat at it and drives past cover for a couple. 390/4

103.6 G Smith to Hussey, Slow and short outside off. Hussey cuts it away to point. 388/4

103.5 G Smith to Clarke, Quicker on the pads. Clarke turns it away past square leg. 388/4

103.4 G Smith to Clarke, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 387/4

103.3 G Smith to Clarke, Tossed up on off. Clarke drives it to mid off. 387/4

103.2 G Smith to M Hussey, Full toss on off. Hussey flicks it past a diving mid on for three. 387/4

103.1 G Smith to Hussey, Slow and wide outside off. Hussey cuts to point for one. 384/4

102.6 J Kallis to Clarke, Drives this full delivery to the covers. No single. 384/4

102.5 J Kallis to Clarke, Short of a good length outside off, an off cutter too. Clarke tries to cut and gets a bottom edge. The ball gets chopped on to the pitch. 384/4

102.4 J Kallis to M Clarke, Full on off. Clarke drives it to mid off. 384/4

102.3 J Kallis to Clarke, A good looking straight drive by Clarke past the non-striker. Mid on gets around and dives avoiding the ball from getting through. 384/4

102.2 J Kallis to Clarke, Good length ball on off. Defended to the off side. 384/4

102.1 J Kallis to Clarke, Full delivery outside off stump. Clarke drives it to mid off. 384/4

The umpires call for the last drinks break of day 4.

101.6 G Smith to Clarke, Cuts this short delivery to the cover boundary where it is pulled back in. They take three. 384/4

101.5 G Smith to Hussey, Short ball going down the leg side. Hussey pulls it to fine leg to pick up a single. 381/4

101.4 G Smith to Hussey, Full and outside off. Hussey gets forward and defends it to point with an open face. 380/4

101.3 G Smith to Clarke, On the leg stump this time. Clarke nudges it to mid-wicket for one. 380/4

101.2 G Smith to Clarke, Clarke stays back to this flat ball on off and blocks it to the off side. 379/4

101.1 G Smith to Hussey, Pushes it flat on off stump. Hussey pushes it to the covers. 379/4

Captain Smith comes back into the attack.

100.6 J Kallis to Clarke, Brings it in off a length. Clarke plays it to mid on with a straight bat. 378/4

100.5 J Kallis to M Hussey, Short of a good length. Hussey puches it through the covers for three. 378/4

100.4 J Kallis to Hussey, Length outside off. Hussey plays it firmly down to mid off. 375/4

100.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Drives this delivery to wide mid off for a single. 375/4

Clarke gets to his fifth 150 in Tests and second against the Proteas.

100.2 J Kallis to Clarke, On the pads, Clarke flicks it away to deep square leg for a well run couple to bring up his 150. 374/4

100.1 J Kallis to Clarke, Short of a length ball on off, played to mid on. 372/4

Kallis is the next change in the attack.

99.6 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Angled in from around the wicket. Hussey turns it down to mid on. That is the end of the 100th over of the innings. 372/4

99.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Short ball outside off. Clarke cuts it away to deep point for one. 372/4

99.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Tight on the body of Clarke. He taps it down to the on side sedately. 371/4

99.3 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Length ball on middle. Hussey stays tall and tucks it away to fine leg for one. 371/4

99.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Shortish outside off. Clarke cuts it down to deep point for one. 370/4

The on air commentators are in a race to get on Twitter as some of them don't have an account yet, the yesteryear players, i.e.

99.1 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, On the pads of Hussey. He flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. 369/4

98.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Back of a length on middle and off. Clarke closes the face and plays it down to mid on. Not well timed. They trail by 88 now. 368/4

98.5 D Steyn to Hussey, Another tight line on to Hussey's middle stump. He dabs it to the off side with soft hands for a single. 368/4

98.4 D Steyn to Hussey, Tight line coming in with the angle. Hussey stays put and defends it back on to the wicket. 367/4

98.3 D Steyn to Clarke, On the pads. Clarke flicks it away to deep square leg for one. 367/4

98.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Good length ball on off stump. Clarke leaves it alone judging the length perfectly as the ball goes over the off stump. 366/4

98.1 D Steyn to Hussey, Fullish on off. Hussey pushes it to point for one. 366/4

We are seeing a boring period of play here. The Aussie pair is not getting on with it and the South Africans are not looking dangerous enough to pick up wickets either.

97.6 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Comes in with the angle off a length. Hussey moves across and clips it to the leg side for one. 365/4

97.5 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Good length ball defended off the back foot into the off side. 364/4

97.4 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Stays low! Length on off stump. The ball doesn't rise much and Hussey has to adjust with that and he does so well. 364/4

97.3 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Fuller on the middle stump. Hussey drives it to mid on. 364/4

97.3 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, NO BALL! Shortish length on off. Pushed to the covers. So, there the no ball is! Very expected! 364/4

97.2 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Back of a length on off. Hussey stays on his back foot and pushes it to the off side. 363/4

97.1 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, A good length ball on off. Hussey moves across and tries to turn it away to the leg side. The ball takes the edge and goes to gully. No damage for either side. 363/4

96.6 D Steyn to Clarke, FOUR! Majestic! Short and wide outside off. Clarke stays back and fetches it to pull it to the mid-wicket boundary. 363/4

96.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Good length ball on off. Clarke plays a good drive but Faf du Plessis dives to his right and saves a few runs for his team. 359/4

96.4 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length ball just outside off. Clarke punches it straight to extra cover. 359/4

96.3 D Steyn to Hussey, Back of a length just outside off. Hussey goes back and pushes this to the covers for a single. 359/4

96.2 D Steyn to Hussey, Poorly directed on Hussey's pads. He turns it down to fine leg and comes back for a second very quickly. 358/4

96.1 D Steyn to M Clarke, Short ball on Clarke's body. He pulls it to deep square leg for one. 356/4

95.6 R Kleinveldt to M Clarke, Full length on middle and leg as Clarke drives it to wide mid on. They take a quick single. End of the over, one without a no ball in it. 355/4

95.5 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Length ball on the pads. Hussey tucks it away to fine leg for one. 354/4

95.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Short of a length outside off. Clarke guides it to deep point for a single. I wonder if a no ball is somewhere around the corner. 353/4

95.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A good looking shot to mid on with a straight bat. No run. 352/4

95.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Connects well this time on the flick and the ball goes down to square leg for a couple. 352/4

95.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, On the pads as Clarke tries to flick. The ball takes the inside edge and falls away to mid-wicket. 350/4

Kleinveldt comes in to bowl.

94.6 D Steyn to Hussey, A short of a length ball outside off. Hussey moves across and shoulders arms to it. The ball, however, hits the bat on the way through and falls safely to the off side. Australia trail by 100 now. 350/4

94.5 D Steyn to Hussey, A good length ball on off and moves back in. Hussey is hit high on the pads. 350/4

94.4 D Steyn to Hussey, Defends this off the back foot on to the off side. 350/4

94.3 D Steyn to M Hussey, FOUR! Stupendous! Full across him and all Hussey does is lean into it and play a typical left hander's cover drive for a boundary. Very pleasing to the eye. 350/4

94.2 D Steyn to Clarke, A short of a good length ball outside off. Clarke punches it away to deep point for one. 346/4

94.1 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length ball just outside off. Clarke punches it to mid off. 345/4

Steyn is brought back now.

93.6 V Philander to Hussey, A fullish delivery on off stump. Hussey defends it watchfully to the covers. 345/4

93.6 V Philander to Hussey, FOUR! No ball! Philander over steps again. Bowls it full and finds the edge of Hussey's bat as the ball flies between second slip and gully to the third man boundary. 345/4

93.5 V Philander to Hussey, A good delivery shaping away after pitching on a length on off. Hussey watches closely and leaves it alone. 340/4

93.4 V Philander to M Hussey, A good looking drive to this full delivery. Hussey can't find the gap though and finds mid off. 340/4

93.3 V Philander to Hussey, A similar delivery and a similar leave by Hussey outside off. 340/4

93.2 V Philander to Hussey, Angles this one across Hussey who lets it go through to de Villiers. 340/4

93.1 V Philander to Hussey, A nice tight line on off. Hussey comes forward and defends it back to the bowler. Phily hasn't been up to the standards he has set for himself in his short and successful career so far. 340/4

92.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Full outside off. Clarke leans into it and plays a good looking drive towards the covers where the dives saves a few if not a boundary. 340/4

92.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Bangs it short and Clarke ducks under it. The umpire calls one for the over. 340/4

92.5 M Morkel to Clarke, NO BALL! Morkel over steps now. A good ball pitched on off and moves in. Clarke is cut into half here. They are bowling excellent deliveries off no balls. 340/4

Morkel pulls out of this delivery at the last moment.

92.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Angles it full into middle. Hussey leans into it and flicks away to the leg side for one. 339/4

92.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Short ball on middle. Hussey pulls this away to deep square leg for a couple. 338/4

92.2 M Morkel to Hussey, Short of a good length and outside the off stick. Hussey goes for an up and over cut. It doesn't go where he intended it to as it flies over the slips and into the fence. 336/4

92.1 M Morkel to Hussey, Hussey takes a blow. Shortish ball on off. Huss tries to pull and misses taking a body blow. 332/4

91.6 V Philander to Clarke, Punches this short of a length delivery on off stump off his back foot to the covers. 332/4

91.5 V Philander to M Hussey, Chance for a run out! Misses though! Tight line on off stump. Hussey stays back and dabs it down towards gully. Yes and no and Hussey slips too as he runs down the wicket. Petersen comes in and throws at the non-striker's end but doesn't hit. That could have been curtains for Hussey. 332/4

91.4 V Philander to Hussey, Allows it to pass through outside the off stump. 331/4

91.3 V Philander to Hussey, FOUR! Lovely drive! Gets forward to this length delivery and drives it past mid off and into the fence. He looks comfortable out there. 331/4

91.2 V Philander to Hussey, Gets right behind the line and defends it off his back foot back on to the pitch. 327/4

91.1 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke drives this full delivery to wide mid off and picks up a single. 327/4

90.6 M Morkel to Hussey, Another one that is shouldered arms to outside off. 326/4

90.5 M Morkel to Hussey, Hits the deck hard and the ball shoots up off a length and Hussey lets it through. 326/4

90.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Bowls this down the leg side. Hussey lets it go through. 326/4

90.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Phew! That was close to the edge. Morkel angles that in and gets it to straighten. Hussey prods at it and misses. 326/4

90.2 M Morkel to M Hussey, Full and across Hussey. He comes forward and drives it to mid off. 326/4

Around the wicket to Hussey.

90.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Short and wide. Clarke goes after it by reaching out and cuts it uppishly down to third man. Amla gets around and stops the ball within the ropes. They run a single. 326/4

89.6 V Philander to Hussey, A length ball just outside off and Hussey pushes it off his front foot to the covers. No run available there. 325/4

89.5 V Philander to Hussey, Pitched further up to the bat as Hussey comes forward and defend it to mid off gently. 325/4

89.4 V Philander to Hussey, FOUR! Deft! Length ball just outside off. Hussey opens the face and guides it smartly past gully and to the fence behind point. 325/4

89.3 V Philander to Hussey, Defends it with an open face to point. 321/4

89.2 V Philander to Hussey, A good length ball on middle. Hussey turns it down to the leg side. No run. 321/4

89.1 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke stays back and pats it down to the off side, a bit edgy and they take a single. 321/4

Snicko shows that there was something just before the ball approached the bat and as it passed the bat there was nothing. Weird!

88.6 M Morkel to Hussey, Beats him. Angles across Hussey who fishes at it and misses. 320/4

88.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Shortish ball on Clarke's pads. He misses the tuck and the ball hits his thigh pad and falls down past the keeper for a leg bye. 320/4

88.4 M Morkel to Hussey, A good length delivery on off stump. Hussey defends from the crease as the ball takes the edge and goes past gully. They take three comfortably. 319/4

Around the wicket now.

88.3 M Morkel to Hussey, FOUR! Cracked away! Short and wide and Hussey punishes it adequately by cutting it in front of point and into the boundary 316/4

88.2 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length ball just outside off. Clarke taps it down to the off side with soft hands and picks up a quick single. 312/4

88.1 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Very lucky! Banged in short on to Clarke's body. He sways away as the ball keeps coming in and the ball takes the edge of the bat and goes past a diving de Villiers to the fine leg fence. 311/4

87.6 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke cuts this shortish delivery to deep point for a single. 307/4

87.5 V Philander to M Clarke, Pitched up on off stump. Clarke drives it to mid off. 306/4

87.4 Philander to Clarke, NOT OUT! The ball was bowled on a good length just outside off. Clarke plays a tentative push and there is some sound and they go up in appeal. The umpire turns it down and Philander pushes Smith to go for the review which he does. The hot spot doesn't shows no spot. A snickometer would have surely picked up a sound. But, that option is not available and the third umpire has no clear evidence to give that out. 306/4

The Proteas have called for a review for this caught behind.

87.3 V Philander to Clarke, A shortish ball outside off. Clarke lets it through to the keeper. 306/4

87.2 V Philander to Clarke, Back of a length on off stump. Clarke defends it from within the crease to the off side. 306/4

87.1 V Philander to Clarke, Some swing for Philander! Pitches outside off and swings away off a length. Clarke stays back and punches it to the covers. 306/4

The players have strolled out into the middle and the Protea fielders have taken their places in the field. Clarke will face the first ball after tea to be bowled by Philander.

Tweet from Statistician Mohandas Menon - Since January 2000 Aussie openers have managed 66 Test 100s, of which only 3 have come from right handers - 1 Slater and 2 by Watson. This goes to show that the Aussies have produced a lot of openers who are south paws.

Australia will try to up the ante after the resumption to get closer to the Protean score so that they can declare and put them in before the end of today's play. Only then can we have an interesting match or else the 5th day will no have much to offer. Do join us back after tea.

The only wicket to have come in this session was that of Cowan who was run out due to his excessive backing up and also due to one of Steyn's fingers which ricocheted the ball on to the non-striker end's stumps. Both of them have played a match saving innings.

The umpires have called for Tea on day 4. The Aussies moved ahead quietly in this session as Cowan and Clarke reached their respective centuries. 92 runs came off this session in 27 overs.

86.6 D Steyn to Clarke, A length ball just outside off. Clarke hits it off his back foot to deep cover for a single to end the session. 306/4

86.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Maybe no! Full outside off and this time Clarke gets more bat on the drive past mid off. The deep cover fielder comes across and Clarke picks up two. 305/4

86.4 D Steyn to M Clarke, Back of a length outside off stump. Clarke punches it to mid off. He hasn't timed some of his recent strokes that well. He needs a break I guess. 303/4

86.3 D Steyn to Hussey, Hussey is off the mark. On the pads and tucked away to fine leg. They would have wanted Hussey to have remained on strike. 303/4

86.2 D Steyn to Clarke, A similar ball outside off. This time Clarke connects his drive but finds the deep cover fielder and they take a single. 302/4

86.1 D Steyn to Clarke, A full out swinger outside off stump. Clarke tries to drive it but finds the inside edge and the ball rolls away to the off side gently. 301/4

One more over I guess before tea.

85.6 M Morkel to Hussey, Morkel bowls this just back of a length outside off. Hussey lets it through. Second consecutive maiden for Morkel. 301/4

85.5 Morkel to Hussey, Swings in off a length on off stump. The bowler appeals but it was high and going down the leg side as well/ The ball rolls down to the off side. 301/4

85.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Another one left just outside off watchfully. 301/4

85.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Tighter! Comes in off a length and nips away a bit. Hussey watches it till the end and pushes it to point. Third slip comes in for Hussey. 301/4

85.2 M Morkel to Hussey, A back of a length delivery just outside off. Hussey shoulders arms to it and the ball zips through to de Villiers. Good leave that! 301/4

85.1 M Morkel to Hussey, A good length ball moving in. Hussey lets it go through. 301/4

This could be the last over before tea.

84.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Short ball outside off. Clarke pulls it away past mid on for a couple. He did not get the middle of the bat on that shot. 301/4

84.5 D Steyn to Clarke, A length ball just outside off. Clarke punches it away to the covers. 299/4

Michael Hussey comes out to bat.

84.4 Steyn to Cowan, OUT! RUN OUT! Full delivery by Steyn and Clarke plays a lovely drive straight back. Steyn gets a hand to it and the ball ricochets on to the stumps. Cowan is found short of his ground in the replays. He had been backing up a lot previously too and it proved costly. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful innings by him as he departs for 136 after cracking his first century. End of a 259 run mammoth stand. 299/4

Appeal for a run out!

84.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Short one on off stump. Clarks drops his hands and sways away comfortably. 299/3

84.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Length ball just outside off. Clarke drives but the ball takes the inside edge and goes towards square leg. The batsmen come back for the second and Clarke makes it on time in the end. 299/3

84.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Steyn bowls it outside the off stump and moves it away. Clarke has a slash at it without getting his feet across and misses. 297/3

83.6 M Morkel to Cowan, Fuller length on off. Cowan fends it to the point region. 297/3

83.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Morkel bangs it in short and Cowan is hurried into his duck. Gets under it just in time. 297/3

83.4 M Morkel to Cowan, This time he resorts to a defensive push off the back foot to this length ball. 297/3

83.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Cowan is gambling with the leave and the swing now. Morkel gets it to come back in. Cowan shoulders arms and the ball goes just above the off stump. That missed just by a coat of varnish. 297/3

83.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Bounces and comes back in off a good length. Cowan leaves it alone and de Villiers collects it close to his head. 297/3

83.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Short of a length outside off. Cowan guides it to the right of gully where it is well fielded. 297/3

Morkel comes back into the attack. His first over with the new ball. He will bowl around the wicket to Cowan.

82.6 D Steyn to Cowan, A bit fuller and straighter on the off stick. Cowan pushes it to the covers for one. Six of that over. 297/3

This is now the best partnership for any wicket in a Test at the Gabba. The previous best was 245 against Sri Lanka involving Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey.

82.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Another one shouldered arm to. This was pushed much more outside the off stump. 296/3

82.4 D Steyn to Cowan, A tight length just outside off that swings back in. Cowan watches it carefully and leaves it alone close to his body. 296/3

82.3 D Steyn to Cowan, A good length ball just outside off. Cowan lets it through. 296/3

82.2 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! Smashed! Short ball outside off and Cowan punishes it by cutting it behind point for a cracking four. 296/3

82.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Pitches it on off and shapes it away. Clarke gets behind the movement and defends it past point for one. 292/3

81.6 V Philander to Cowan, Shoulders arms again as the ball is sprayed outside the off stump. 291/3

81.5 V Philander to Cowan, Angles it across Cowan who leaves it alone. 291/3

81.4 V Philander to Clarke, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 291/3

81.3 V Philander to Clarke, Bowls a tight line on off. Clarke defends it off the back foot to the off side. 290/3

The 250 run stand comes up between the pair now.

81.2 V Philander to Cowan, On the pads and Cowan flicks it to deep mid-wicket for three. 290/3

81.1 V Philander to Cowan, Bowls it full on off stump. Cowan digs it out well. 287/3

Philander in back on.

80.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Fuller outside off and Cowan drives it to deep point for one. 287/3

80.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Good delivery and a good leave! Angled across and comes in after pitching. Cowan leaves it well. 286/3

80.4 D Steyn to M Clarke, A length ball outside off. Clarke punches it past point and the sweeper gets around to stop the ball and the batsmen take three. 286/3

80.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Length on the pads. This one doesn't swing outwards and holds its line. Clarks turns it down to mid-wicket. 283/3

80.2 D Steyn to M Clarke, Some swing there as Steyn pitches it on a length on off and moves it further away. Clarke adjusts well and plays a firm drives straight to mid off. 283/3

80.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Sprays it wide outside off stump. Clarke shoulders arms to it. 283/3

Steyn is back into the attack.

The new ball has been taken immediately after its availability.

79.6 G Smith to Cowan, Another watchful defense from Cowan. 283/3

79.5 G Smith to Cowan, On middle, defended back to the bowler. 283/3

79.4 G Smith to Cowan, On leg stump, watchfully defended. 283/3

79.3 G Smith to Cowan, Full outside off, driven towards cover again. 283/3

79.2 G Smith to Cowan, Full toss, opportunity missed. Drives it straight to extra cover. 283/3

79.1 G Smith to M Clarke, Short outside off, Clarke cuts it through the covers for three. The deficit is now 167. 283/3

78.6 J Kallis to Cowan, A maiden then! Wide outside the off stump. Cowan allows it to pass through. 280/3

78.5 J Kallis to Cowan, Fuller ball just outside off. Cowan shoulders arms to it. 280/3

78.4 J Kallis to Cowan, Dug in short and angled past Cowan who drops his wrists and lets it go through. 280/3

78.3 J Kallis to Cowan, Good tight length on middle. Cowan defends it from within the crease to the on side. 280/3

78.2 J Kallis to Cowan, Angled across Cowan. He leaves it alone. 280/3

78.1 J Kallis to Cowan, Length ball on middle. Clarke plays it down to mid off. 280/3

77.6 G Smith to Clarke, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 280/3

77.5 G Smith to M Clarke, Clarke steps out to this flighted ball and drives it straight to mid off. 280/3

77.4 G Smith to Clarke, Smith bowls a yorker length ball on middle. Clarke digs it out to the bowler. 280/3

77.3 G Smith to Cowan, On the pads and Cowan tucks it away to the on side for one. 280/3

77.2 G Smith to Clarke, Gets down on the knee and sweeps it to fine leg for a single. 279/3

77.1 G Smith to Clarke, Flicks this one straight to mid-wicket. 278/3

Captain Smith is back into the attack.

76.6 J Kallis to Cowan, Pushes it fuller and across Cowan who lets it go through. 47 overs remain in the day. 278/3

76.5 J Kallis to Cowan, A tad short outside off. Cowan guides it away behind deep point for an easy two. 278/3

76.4 J Kallis to Ed Cowan, Fuller delivery on off stump. Cowan drives it straight to the covers. 276/3

76.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Bowls it short and Clarke swivels around to pull it to fine leg for one. 276/3

76.2 J Kallis to Clarke, Bowled just back of a length on the pads. Clarke misses his flick. 275/3

76.1 J Kallis to Clarke, Kallis bowls a length ball on middle and leg. It hits high on Clarke's bat as he defends it to the leg side. 275/3

75.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Pushes this towards cover for a single. 275/3

75.5 R Kleinveldt to M Clarke, FOUR! Graceful! Nothing wrong with the ball there as he bowls it on a length just outside off. Clarke punches it into the gap in the covers for a lovely boundary. 274/3

75.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Defends this length ball off his back foot to the off side. 270/3

75.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, DROPPED! A short of a length ball on middle. Cowan pulls it uppishly as he finds the outside edge. Steyn gets around from fine leg and almost gets under it. He spills it in the last minute as he gets just his finger tips to it. Petersen who was running in from deep square leg had probably distracted him as he was about to take it. The batsmen take one. 270/3

75.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Pitched up to the bat. Cowan drives but straight to mid off. Doesn't hit it in the gap. 269/3

75.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, NO BALL. Oversteps and bowls it short on the body. Clarke goes back and pulls it to deep square leg for a single. 269/3

75.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Clarke stays in his crease and defends it off the back foot. 267/3

74.6 J Kallis to Cowan, Leaves this one outside the off stump. 267/3

74.5 J Kallis to Clarke, A fullish ball angled in. Clarke flicks it to the on side for a single. 267/3

74.4 J Kallis to Clarke, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 266/3

74.3 J Kallis to Cowan, On a length and across him, Cowan steers it down to third man for one. 266/3

74.2 J Kallis to Cowan, Defends this length ball off the front foot to mid off. 265/3

74.1 J Kallis to Clarke, A full delivery outside off. Clarke plays a crisp drive which is well stopped at extra cover. The ball ricochets off the hands to mid off and they take a single. 265/3

Yes, and the players deserve a drink as the umpire calls for a drinks break.

Clarke has got up his 20th Test century and the third against the South Africans after spending 37 balls in the 90s. He has led from the front and played a timely knock here to bail his team out of trouble when he got in at 40/3. At the Gabba it is his 4th and as captain it is his 6th.

73.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Clarke gets there with a defensive push past gully for a quick single. A very good innings by the skipper. 264/3

73.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Defends this from within the crease off his back foot. 263/3

73.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Fuller on off stump. Clarke drives it to mid off. 263/3

73.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A fuller delivery just outside off. Pushed to the covers off the front foot. The Michael on air, i.e Slater says "Come on Clarkey, it is just a single." 263/3

73.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Clarke leaves it alone as this is sprayed outside off stump. 263/3

73.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, A back of a length ball on off. Cowan fends it off as the ball rises sharply. They take a quick single. 263/3

72.6 J Kallis to Clarke, A length ball bowled outside off stump. Clarke tries to cut it as the ball doesn't rise much. He misses and the ball goes under the bat. 262/3

The crows goes up in cheer again with Clarke on 99.

72.5 J Kallis to Cowan, Full on the pads. Flicked awau to wide mid on for s single to get the captain back on strike, on 99. 262/3

72.4 J Kallis to Cowan, A full pitched delivery across Cowan. He allows it to go through. 261/3

72.3 J Kallis to Cowan, Angled across Cowan. He shoulders arms to it. 261/3

72.2 J Kallis to Cowan, A short of a length ball on off stump. Cowan plays it with an open face to the covers. 261/3

72.1 J Kallis to Cowan, A length ball just outside off. Cowan comes forward and pushes it to the off side. 261/3

King Kallis back into the attack. Can he break the partnership?

71.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, A short of good length ball on middle. Cowan goes back and plays a short arm pull to deep square leg for one. 261/3

71.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Strays on the pads and Clarke turns it to the left of fine leg. Clarke turns back for a second. Cowan turns him down and rightly so. He moves on to 99. 260/3

71.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A good bouncer just outside off stump. Clarke thinks of a pull but bails out at the last moment. 259/3

71.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Full on off stump. Clarke pushes this to the covers off his front foot. The crowd is getting behind Clarke here, cheering him as the bowler is running in. 259/3

71.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, NO BALL! What is Kleinveldt doing here? A length ball just outside off. Clarke defends it to the off side. 259/3

71.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Fuller on middle and leg. Clarke drives it to mid on. He needs two more to get to his century. 258/3

71.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A length ball just outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 258/3

70.6 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! Bludgeoned! A short ball by Steyn on leg stump. Cowan picks up the length early, rocks on to his back foot and pulls it in front of deep square leg for a boundary. He is trying to get a move on here. 258/3

70.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Full and wide again. He gets better timing on it as he drives it straight to Amla at cover. 254/3

70.4 D Steyn to Ed Cowan, Full and wide outside off. Cowan drives but finds a thick inside edge to it. The ball rolls down gently to the covers. 254/3

70.3 D Steyn to Ed Cowan, Gets better placement on this drive as Steyn bowls it full and across. The cover fielder gives it a chase and the batsmen take two. 254/3

70.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Plays a well timed drives straight to mid off. 252/3

70.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Short ball on middle. Clarke pulls as the ball hits his glove. He pushes for a second but it is not there. The Aussies have successfully avoided the follow on with this shot. 252/3

69.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, FOUR! Class written all over it! A good length ball outside off. Cowan leans into it and plays a lovely cover drive. Morkel gives it a chase but with half heart as the ball goes into the boundary. The Aussies have successfully avoided the follow on with this shot. 251/3

69.5 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, A fuller delivery on off. Cowan defends it off the front foot into the covers. 247/3

69.4 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good ball on a length on off. Cowan tries to beat gully by opening the face of the bat but finds the fielder with accuracy instead. 247/3

69.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Fuller and just outside off. Cowan shoulders his arms. 247/3

69.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, NO BALL! Oversteps again as he bowls a tight line on middle. Defended off the back foot. 247/3

69.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Just back of a length ball outside off. Cowan opens the face and fends it to gully. 246/3

69.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good tight length just outside off. Cowan lets it go through. 246/3

68.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Short ball on off. Clarke shapes up for a pull but can't connect. 246/3

68.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Length outside off. Clarke comes across and defends it to mid off. He is showing some good technique for the youngsters. 246/3

68.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Full on the pads, moving in. Clarke flicks it to the on side for a single. 246/3

68.3 D Steyn to Cowan, A tight line on middle and off. Cowan turns it towards mid on. 245/3

68.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Pitched up to the bat. Cowan plays a flowing cover drive but mid off cuts it off not allowing him to pierce the field. 245/3

68.1 D Steyn to Cowan, A length ball angled across. Cowan lets it go through. 245/3

Steyn comes back on.

67.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Leaves this one outside the off stump. 245/3

67.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Defends this off the back foot by getting behind it. 245/3

67.4 R Kleinveldt to M Clarke, A good length ball on off. Clark comes forward and punches it to the covers where Amla doesn't collect it and the ball goes to Philander at mid off. He too mis-fields and they take two. Someone throws in a howler at Philander on the field. 245/3

67.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A good ball! Pitched up outside off and bringing it in a tad. Clarke judges the swing well and leaves it alone. 243/3

67.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, A length ball on off and just outside. Cowan pushes this to the covers for a single. 243/3

67.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Tight line and length on off. Cowan gets across with his back foot and defends it back on to the wicket. 242/3

Rory Kleinveldt comes into the attack now.

66.6 M Morkel to Clarke, A good bouncer on middle and off. Clarke gets well under it. 242/3

66.5 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length ball outside off. Clarke allows it through to the keeper. 242/3

66.4 M Morkel to Clarke, A bit fuller on off stump. Clarke comes well forward and defends it to mid off. 242/3

66.3 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length delivery on off. Clarke stays on his back foot and pushes it to the covers. 242/3

Morkel pulls out of this delivery in the last movement and Clarke plays a mock drive.

66.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Gets this one to come fractionally in. Cowan waits and spots the movement as he turns this to square leg for a single. 242/3

66.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Angles this on to the pads. Clarke tucks it away to fine leg for one. 241/3

65.6 V Philander to Cowan, Defends this length ball off his back foot watchfully. 240/3

65.5 V Philander to Cowan, Gets right behind that one and defends it cleanly. 240/3

What a partnership this has turned out to be. They bring up the 200 between them. A wonderful rescuing act by the pair.

65.4 V Philander to Clarke, Back of a length ball outside off. Clarke punches it to deep cover for a single to bring up the 200 run stand. 240/3

65.4 V Philander to Clarke, NO BALL! This is becoming very consistent from Philander. Oversteps and bowls a length ball to Clarke who defends it off his back foot to the covers. 239/3

65.3 V Philander to Clarke, Length ball on off stump. Defends it off the back foot. 238/3

65.2 V Philander to M Clarke, Back of a length on middle and Clarke turns id down to the on side quietly. 238/3

65.1 V Philander to Clarke, Rock solid defense off the front foot by Clarke just outside the off stump. 238/3

64.6 M Morkel to Cowan, Cowan chooses to leave this length ball outside off. 238/3

64.5 M Morkel to Ed Cowan, A close call there! Cowan tucks this length ball to mid-wicket and sets off for a run. In the process he is turned down by Clarke and Steyn picks up the ball to have a shy at the striker's end. Cowan runs back and finds himself safe as Steyn misses. 238/3

64.4 M Morkel to Clarke, A length ball just outside off. Clarke taps it down to the covers with soft hands and picks up a quick single and moves on to 93. 238/3

64.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Length on off. Clarke punches it to mid off, shouting wait soon after. 237/3

64.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Short ball with some width outside off. Clarke misses his cut. 237/3

64.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Short of a length ball outside off. Clarke guides it to point. 237/3

63.6 V Philander to Cowan, Pushes it fuller across Cowan. He gets on to his front foot and pushes it to the covers. 237/3

63.5 V Philander to Cowan, Length delivery angled across from leg to off. Cowan stays back and defends it off his back foot to the off side. 237/3

63.4 V Philander to Clarke, On the pads this time. Clarke works it down to fine leg for a single. 237/3

63.3 V Philander to Clarke, Pitched on off and moving away slightly. Clarke lets it go through. 236/3

63.2 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on off. Clarke punches this to the other side of the 'V' this time, to mid off. 236/3

63.1 V Philander to Clarke, Fullish length delivery on off and middle. Clarke defends it with a full face to mid on. 236/3

62.6 M Morkel to Cowan, Length ball outside off. Cowan leaves it alone calmly. 236/3

62.5 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length ball outside off. Clarke pushes this to the covers for a quick single to get into the nineties. 236/3

Cowan's wife and three month old baby are also witnesses to his first century. They have come to watch a fabulous innings by him. His wife will be a proud lady today as she admits that she felt very emotional when Cowan got to the landmark.

62.4 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Brilliant! Full outside off. Clarke drives this with supreme timing past mid off for the second boundary of the over. 235/3

62.3 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Short and wide and asking to be hit! Clarke pounces on this short one by getting back and across to cut it over point for a boundary. 231/3

62.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Length ball outside off. Clarke tries to punch it through the covers but misses. 227/3

62.1 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Short delivery down the leg side. Clarke gets something on it and helps it down to the fine leg boundary. 227/3

61.6 V Philander to Cowan, Similar line and length, similar shot by Cowan again. And also, similar number od runs taken. The ball goes in front of square leg this time which is the only difference. 223/3

61.5 V Philander to Cowan, On the pads. Cowan flicks it comfortably towards fine leg for a couple. 221/3

Cowan has got to his first hundred in Test cricket. What a gem of an innings it has been by him. He saw three quick wickets fall from the other end early on in the innings. He did not back down as he took the attack to the Protea bowlers with some attacking strokes last evening and continues this morning to get to his maiden hundred. He is jubilant and Clarke comes across to give him a hug.

61.4 V Philander to Cowan, FOUR! Cowan gets there with a boundary! He has looked confident when he picks up the length early. Short on middle. He rocks back and pulls this away to the square leg fence. 219/3

61.4 V Philander to Cowan, NO BALL! Another extra to the total. Cowan drives this full delivery on off straight to mid off. 215/3

61.3 V Philander to Cowan, Pushes Cowan back this time with a back of a length delivery. Cowan defends it off his back foot to the off side. 214/3

Three men in the covers and on the leg side, each saving one.

61.2 V Philander to Cowan, Similar shot to a similar delivery by Cowan. 214/3

61.1 V Philander to Cowan, Fullish length. Cowan gets his front foot forward characteristically and defends it to mid off. 214/3

Philander to start from the other end.

60.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Bowls a short one again. Clarke tries to fend it down to the off side. The ball passes just over the outside edge and through to the keeper. 214/3

60.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Full on off stump. Clarke closes the face of the bat and drives it to mid on. 214/3

60.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Bouncer which goes just over Clarke's head as he ducks. de Villiers has to dive forward to collect the dying ball. The first time we see some inconsistency in the carry. 214/3

60.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Length ball outside off stump. Cowan leaves it alone. 214/3

60.2 M Morkel to M Clarke, Fuller and straighter on off. Clarke drives it straight to mid off with a straight bat. 214/3

60.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Length ball outside off stump. Clarke lets it go through to the keeper. 214/3

The players have made their way out into the middle Michael Clarke will take strike against Morne Morkel. It will be interesting to see if the Aussies continue to dominate in this session or the Proteas turn the tables in their favour.

A very strong partnership from Ed Cowan and Michael Clarke means that this first session belongs to Australia. That doesn't mean that South Africa did not have their chances. Michael Clarke had two leading edges falling safely, a top edge falling in no man's land. Cowan on the other hand, looked like a rock in his technique and also showed tenacity to the bad balls. Morkel and Steyn extracted pace and bounce while Philander seemed useless on this track. Do join us back in a little while for the second session.

59.6 V Philander to Cowan, Excellent. Full delivery and Cowan gets right behind the line to defend that. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 4. 214/3

59.5 V Philander to Cowan, Stays on his front foot and defends that. 214/3

59.5 V Philander to Cowan, No-ball for over-stepping. Bowls it on a length outside off, Cowan leaves it alone, stranded on 98 now. 214/3

59.4 V Philander to Cowan, Cowan has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 213/3

59.3 V Philander to Cowan, A good length delivery, Cowan pushes it to cover-point, calls early for the run then calls it off. Clarke is forced to go back but the fielder misses his shy at the non-striker's end. Clarke was in anyways. 213/3

59.2 V Philander to Clarke, Well wide outside off, short as well, Clarke reaches out and carves it over cover-point to take three runs. 213/3

59.1 V Philander to Clarke, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 210/3

58.6 Morkel to Ed Cowan, FOUR! He moves to 98, not in a very satisfying way though. A short pitched delivery at 136.6 kph, Cowan pulls, finds a top edge which goes over the keeper. Replays show that it was coming only off the helmet, so bonus runs for Cowan. 210/3

58.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Good length on the pads, Clarke works it away past square leg and takes one. 206/3

58.4 M Morkel to Clarke, LUCKY! Morkel bangs this short delivery on middle, kicks off the strip, Clarke is late on reacting and bends down, the ball takes a bit off his glove, goes off his shoulder and falls short of the keeper. 205/3

58.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length delivery, Clarke stays back and pushes it away towards mid on. 205/3

58.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Darts down a good length delivery on the pads, Cowan flicks it down, wide of short leg and takes a single. 205/3

58.1 M Morkel to Cowan, A good length delivery, 134.6 kph, Cowan defends that one solidly. 204/3

57.6 V Philander to Clarke, Good length once again, 123.9 kph, punched down to mid on this time. Two maidens on the trot now. 204/3

57.5 V Philander to Clarke, Tight on middle, good length at 127.4 kph, Clarke knocks it down the ground. 204/3

57.4 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery at 126 kph, Clarke sits back and defends. 204/3

57.3 V Philander to Clarke, A full length delivery this time, Clarke gets out on his front foot and pushes it to covers. 204/3

57.2 V Philander to Clarke, On a similar length, on middle, Clarke tucks it away to mid-wicket. 204/3

57.1 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery, 121.6 kph, punched down the ground. 204/3

Vernon Philander is back into the attack.

56.6 M Morkel to Cowan, A full length delivery, Cowan defends off his front foot. 204/3

56.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Full and wide outside off, Cowan lets it go and AB take it near his head. 204/3

56.4 M Morkel to Cowan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 204/3

56.3 M Morkel to Cowan, A touch good length delivery, Cowan is caught on the thigh pad by getting done in by pace. 204/3

56.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Cowan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 204/3

56.1 M Morkel to Cowan, A good length delivery first up, Cowan sits down in defense. 204/3

Morkel comes in to the attack now.

55.6 G Smith to Clarke, Quick and shortish outside off. Clarke moves back and away and tries to cut but misses it. That was very close to the edge. 204/3

55.5 G Smith to Clarke, Slower through the air outside off. Clarke drives it again to mid off. 204/3

55.4 G Smith to M Clarke, Jumps down again to get to the pitch. Doesn't get there entirely as he drives to mid off. 204/3

55.3 G Smith to Clarke, FOUR! Slapped hard! Clarke gets to the pitch of the ball by coming down the wicket and slams it past the non-striker and into the boundary. 204/3

55.2 G Smith to Cowan, Way down the leg side. Easy pickings for someone who is in his 90s. Turned away behind square for one to bring up the 200 of the innings. 200/3

55.1 G Smith to Clarke, Pushed across the off stump. Clarke comes forward and pushes it to the off side for a single. 199/3

54.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Bowled on a length on middle and off, nips in after pitching. Cowan gets his bat down late and is hit high on his pads. Excites Steyn, but just for half a second. 198/3

54.5 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! Well played! Short ball outside off. Cowan leans back and cuts it behind point and past gully for a boundary. He is into the nineties now. A first time for Cowan. 198/3

54.4 D Steyn to Clarke, Banged in on the off stump line. Clarke gets high on his toes and turns it down to square leg for one. Well played with soft hands. 194/3

54.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Short of a length delivery on off. Clarke gets behind the line and taps it down to the leg side. 193/3

54.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Lovely shot! No mistake this time! Cowan puts his front foot well forward and drives this full delivery outside off through the covers. Rudolph gives a long chase as the batsmen complete three easily. 193/3

54.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Shortish and well outside off. Cowan tries to cut hard but misses it. That was too wide. He should have probably left it. 190/3

53.6 G Smith to Clarke, Slides on around off, Clarke gets across and works it away on the leg side. 190/3

53.5 G Smith to Clarke, Gets down the track with the use of the feet and blocks that one. 190/3

That is the 150 run stand then for the pair. They have bailed their team out really well after losing three quick wickets yesterday.

53.4 G Smith to Cowan, On middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket for one. 190/3

53.3 G Smith to Cowan, Cowan has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 189/3

53.2 G Smith to Clarke, Gets right across and works it away through mid-wicket for one. 189/3

53.1 G Smith to Clarke, Slides this one on off, Clarke gets out to defend. 188/3

52.6 D Steyn to Cowan, This came back in a long way on a fuller length, Cowan allowed it through to the keeper. 188/3

52.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Full and wide outside off, 143.4 kph, well outside off and Cowan did not play that. 188/3

52.4 D Steyn to Cowan, A touch short, outside off, Cowan punches it solidly towards mid off. 188/3

52.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Good length delivery on middle, 135 kph, Clarke works it away through mid-wicket and takes one. 188/3

52.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Well outside off, Clarke did not play at that. 187/3

52.2 D Steyn to Clarke, No-ball for over-stepping. A length delivery outside off, left alone. 187/3

52.1 D Steyn to Clarke, A full pitched delivery, 141.7 kph, lands and moves away just a bit, Clarke ends up missing out on that. 186/3

51.6 G Smith to Cowan, Cowan has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 186/3

51.5 G Smith to Clarke, A low full toss this time, 83.2 kph, Clarke works it away through mid-wicket for a single. 186/3

51.4 G Smith to Clarke, Tight on middle, turning away, Clarke gets out and defends. 185/3

51.3 G Smith to Cowan, Darts it on middle, dug out through mid on this time for a single. 185/3

51.2 G Smith to Cowan, FOUR! A real poor delivery. Short and on middle, Cowan rocks back and pulls it away through mid-wicket for a boundary. 184/3

51.1 G Smith to Cowan, Cowan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 180/3

50.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Almost a wicket there! Clarke has had more than just one life today. This was banged in short with real pace, Clarke was late in reading the line and tries to fend it off the bat, the ball lobs down the ground but falls short of Steyn. What a delivery. 180/3

50.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Good length delivery outside off, Cowan cuts it past point and takes a single. 180/3

50.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Goes full and wide outside off, Cowan drives it firmly straight to mid off. 179/3

50.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Steyn bangs in short again, outside off, Cowan punches it straight to extra cover. 179/3

50.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Full length delivery, Cowan lets it pass through. 179/3

50.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Starts with a short of a length delivery, outside off, Cowan bent back and slashed hard but could not connect. 179/3

Dale Steyn is brought back into the attack.

49.6 G Smith to Cowan, Dragged down too short, Cowan goes back and flicks it past square leg for one. 179/3

49.5 G Smith to Clarke, Uses his feet typically to the skipper and bunts it down through mid off for one. 178/3

49.4 G Smith to Clarke, Well tossed up this time, Clarke gets down and tucks it towards square leg. 177/3

49.3 G Smith to Clarke, Flighted down the leg side, Clarke gets his pad out of the way and bats it out. 177/3

49.2 G Smith to Clarke, A touch short, tucked away on the leg side. 177/3

49.1 G Smith to Cowan, Starts with a flatter delivery, tucked away through mid-wicket for a single. 177/3

The skipper, Graeme Smith has now got himself into the attack, a slip in place now.

48.6 J Kallis to Clarke, Pitched up on off stump. Clarke defends it to the covers of the front foot. 176/3

48.5 J Kallis to M Clarke, Good shot to a good ball! Bowls it full on off and comes in after pitching. Clarke spots the movement early and gets into position for a flick past mid on for a couple. 176/3

48.4 J Kallis to Clarke, On the pads. Clarke misses his whip and the ball hits the thigh pad. It rolls away towards fine leg for a couple of leg byes. 174/3

48.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Poorly directed bouncer down the leg side. Clarke has no trouble getting under it. 172/3

This is now Ed Cowan's highest Test score, beating the previous one, 74 against India back in Jan, 2012 at the WACA.

48.2 J Kallis to Cowan, Good length ball just outside off. Cowan gets forward and pushes it to the covers for a quick single. 172/3

48.1 J Kallis to Ed Cowan, Kallis bowls a full delivery outside off. Cowan drives between point and covers for a couple. 171/3

47.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Similar delivery on off stump. Clarke defends it off his back foot again. 169/3

47.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Defends this length ball with the full face of the bat to the off side. 169/3

Brett Lee has come on air to commentate for the first time in this Test.

47.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Shoulders arms to this back of a length delivery. 169/3

47.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Good length ball on off stump. Clarke gets behind the line and defends off his back foot. 169/3

47.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Full delivery outside off. Clarke drives off the front foot and the ball takes a thickish outside edge past gully for a couple. 169/3

47.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Back of a length ball outside off. There was some width there and Clarke tries to cut and find the bottom edge to chop it on to the keeper. 167/3

46.6 J Kallis to Cowan, Short ball angled across Cowan. He cuts it straight to point. 167/3

46.5 J Kallis to M Clarke, Over pitched outside off and Clarke drives well to the left of mid off. Steyn dives and makes a good stop. Just one run. 167/3

46.4 J Kallis to Cowan, Angled across again, Cowan leans forward and pushes it to the covers and into the gap for a single. 166/3

46.3 J Kallis to Cowan, Pitches on off stump and angles away past the batsman. Cowan lets it through. 165/3

46.2 J Kallis to Cowan, Good full ball on off stump. Cowan gets forward confidently and defends it to the off side. 165/3

46.1 J Kallis to Cowan, Kallis angles it across Cowan who lets it through to the keeper. 165/3

45.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Clarke comes forward to this length ball and defends it with a straight bat. 165/3

45.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, On the corridor on uncertainty, Glen McGrath says on air. Clarke leaves it alone. 165/3

45.5 R Kleinveldt to M Clarke, WIDE! Bowls it very short and high over Clarke'e head. It is the first wide of the match 165/3

45.4 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Pushed up fuller outside off. Cowan comes forward and plays it with an open face to the covers to take a quick single. 164/3

45.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good length ball on off. Cowan stays back and defends it to the off side. 163/3

45.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Lets this one through as it is bowled well outside off. 163/3

45.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Length ball outside off stump. Cowan leaves it alone for de Villiers to collect it. 163/3

The commentators on air seem bored as they are discussing alcohol they got during their various tours.

44.6 J Kallis to Clarke, Length ball outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 163/3

44.5 J Kallis to Clarke, Pitched slightly up outside off stump. Clarke plays a half drive and finds the inside edge. The ball goes down to mid on. 163/3

44.4 J Kallis to Clarke, Kallis is mixing it up well in his second over. Bangs this one short on middle. Clarke ducks under it. 163/3

44.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Gets it back of a good length. Clarke gets behind it and defends it off the back foot. 163/3

44.2 J Kallis to Clarke, Pitched up outside off. Clarke goes for a wild drive as the ball moves in slightly and goes through the big gap between bat and pad and through to the keeper. 163/3

44.1 J Kallis to Clarke, Short of a length ball and swinging away from Clarke. He lets it through. 163/3

43.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Kleinveldt brings it back in off a length and hits Cowan on his thigh pad. Good ball that! 163/3

43.5 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Shortish length on middle and off. Cowan pulls it well to the right of deep square leg for a couple. 163/3

43.4 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Short of a length outside off stump. Cut away straight to point. 161/3

43.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good tight line on off stump. Cowan defends it from within the crease. 161/3

43.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, NO BALL! He is over stepping consistently. Just outside off stump on a length as Cowan leaves it alone. This is now the highest 4th wicket partnership at the Gabba. The previous one was 120, held by Norm O'Neill and Brian Booth back in 1963. 161/3

43.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Pitched up on off stump. Cowan comes forward and blocks it into the off side. 160/3

43.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Pitched up on off stump. Clarke plays a good looking drive to mid off. Steyn mis-fields and they get an extra couple of runs. 160/3

There is a slight delay in the resumption as Clarke is getting his helmet fixed.

The umpire calls for the first drinks break of day 4. The Aussies have done well in the first hour. They have played some good shots and defended well too.

42.6 J Kallis to Cowan, Pitches this well up to the bat on off stump. Cowan offers a dead bat to it as the ball rolls away back to the bowler. 157/3

42.5 J Kallis to Cowan, Shoulders arms to this length ball outside off. 157/3

42.4 J Kallis to Cowan, Pitched up and angled across off stump. Cowan gets forward and pushes it to the off side. 157/3

42.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Back of a length on middle and leg. Clarke lets it come on to him and tucks it away to fine leg for one. 157/3

42.2 J Kallis to Clarke, Pitched up outside off and comes in off the strip. Clarke drives and gets an inside edge. The ball goes down to mid on. 156/3

42.1 J Kallis to Clarke, A good length ball just outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 156/3

45 runs in the session so far as King Kallis comes in to bowl.

41.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Bowls it wide outside the off stump and full. Cowan is drawn into the drive. The ball moves away after pitching and Cowan misses it. 156/3

41.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Pitched up on off stump. Clarke closes the face of the bat slightly and drives it past the umpire and for a single down the ground. 156/3

41.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Just back of a length and just outside off. Clarke lets it go on length. 155/3

41.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, NO BALL! Tight line on off stump. Clarke defends it off the back foot. 155/3

41.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Pitched up on off stump. Cowan drives well to wide mid off for a single. 154/3

41.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A fuller delivery outside off. Clarke comes well forward and plays a drives past mid off for three. 153/3

41.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Kelinveldt goes wide of the crease and angles this one in on a length. What happens after that leaves Clarke stunned as it straightens and beats his bat. 150/3

40.6 M Morkel to Cowan, Another good short ball on off. The ball is shooting up well of a length, probably because of Morkel's height. Cowan drops his wrists and lets it through. 150/3

40.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Length ball just outside off. Cowan lets it through. 150/3

40.4 M Morkel to Cowan, A stinging bouncer there! Bangs it in short on off, the ball moves in sharply after pitching. Cowan sways away from it really well. de Villiers collects it way down the leg side as the ball kept going in with the angle. 150/3

40.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Back of a length ball on off stump. The ball rises sharply and Cowan tends to the bounce well by turning it down to the on side. 150/3

40.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Good length ball outside off. Cowan gets forward and drives it to mid off. 150/3

40.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Good length ball just outside off. Cowan lets it through to the keeper. 150/3

39.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Just short of a good length outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 150/3

39.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A similar length ball. Clarke resorts to his back foot push to the off side again. 150/3

39.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Good length ball on off and Clarke defends it off his back foot. Seems like Allan Donald had a strong word with Kleinveldt last night. He is bowling well here. 150/3

39.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Pitched slightly up outside off. Clarke leaves it alone and de Villiers collects it at head height. 150/3

39.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Another good length ball angled into Cowan. He turns it away to wide mid on for a single. The 150 is up for the Aussies. 150/3

39.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good tight line on middle and off, angled in too. Cowan defends it from within the crease by getting well behind it. Kleinveldt seems to be correcting his length here. 149/3

38.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length ball just outside off stump. Clarke shoulders his arms comfortably to that one. 149/3

38.5 M Morkel to Clarke, A good short delivery on off stump. Clarke drops his wrist very technically and lets it go through. 149/3

38.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Fuller on a good length on off. Clarke gets behind it and defends it from within the crease. 149/3

38.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Good use of the short ball. Banged in on middle and Clarke ducks under it. 149/3

38.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length ball on off and moving in. Clarke stays tall on his toes and turns it down to leg gully. 149/3

38.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Morkel angles this on to the pads. Cowan turns it past leg gully for a single to fine leg. 149/3

37.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Angled into the pads as Cowan flicks it to the on side for a single. 148/3

37.5 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Fuller delivery outside off stump. Cowan comes on to the front foot and defends it into the ground. 147/3

37.4 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, The ball is angled in from a length and leaves the batsmen a tad. Cowan is beaten as he has a prod at it. 147/3

37.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Leading edge and safe! Back of a length ball on off stump. Clarke tries to tuck it away to the on side. The ball stops a bit after pitching and hits high on his bat after which it flies over mid on for a single. 147/3

Clarke gets to his 23rd Test 50 and 4th against the Proteas.

37.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Fuller outside off stump. Clarke leans in and plays a squarish drive. Doesn't time it well and they come back for a second. 146/3

37.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Short of a good length outside off. Clarke punches it well to the covers. 144/3

37.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, NO BALL! Kleinveldt bowls a no ball to start off. He bowled a few yesterday too. Length ball outside off. Clarke lets it through. 144/3

Rory Kleinveldt comes into the attack.

36.6 M Morkel to Cowan, Length ball outside off. The ball doesn't come in this time as Cowan lets it go through. 143/3

36.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Just back of a length ball outside off. Cowan leaves it alone. 143/3

36.4 M Morkel to Cowan, That was angled in off a length on off. Cowan was hurried into the nudge past leg gully. Amla runs hard and throws well to the keeper. Cowan gets back just in the nick of time to complete the couple. 143/3

36.3 M Morkel to Cowan, This time bowls a similar length but just outside off stump. Cowan stays back and dabs it to the covers and shouts out loudly to Clarke - NO! 141/3

36.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Back of a length on middle and leg. On the ribs of Cowan who does well to tap it down to the leg side calmly. 141/3

36.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Just back of a length ball on off. Comes in with the angle. Cowan stays back and defends it to the on side. 141/3

35.6 V Philander to Clarke, Pushed outside off on a length. Clarke shoulders arms to it. 141/3

35.5 V Philander to Clarke, Just outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 141/3

35.4 V Philander to Clarke, Tight line on off stump. Clarke gets behind the line and defends it back on to the wicket. 141/3

35.3 V Philander to M Clarke, Good punch off the back foot, but straight to mid off. 141/3

35.2 V Philander to Clarke, Bouncer on off stump, well directed. Clarke gets out of the way very well. 141/3

Clarke and Cowan bring up their 100 run stand.

35.1 V Philander to Clarke, On a length on off stump. Clarke stays back and tries to whip it to the leg side. The ball takes the leading edge and flies over point. Clarke is lucky not to have found the fielder. They take a couple. 141/3

34.6 M Morkel to Cowan, FOUR! Good shot! Fuller delivery on off stump. Cowan drives it with a slightly open faced bat to the left of mid off and picks up a boundary. 139/3

34.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Just outside off on a length. Cowan leaves it through to de Villiers. 135/3

34.4 M Morkel to Cowan, Cowan is careful this time. Bowled on a length outside off and Cowan leaves it alone. 135/3

34.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Good ball angled into off stump and moving away at the last second. Cowan is drawn forward to defend and is beaten eventually. Lovely delivery! 135/3

34.2 M Morkel to Cowan, That one is pushed closer to the off stump. Cowan shoulders arms to it again. This time the ball goes closer to the off stump causing everyone to jump in excitement. 135/3

34.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Just back of a length ball outside off. Cowan shoulders arms to it. 135/3

Morne Morkel comes om to bowl, replacing Steyn. Around the wicket to Cowan.

33.6 V Philander to Cowan, Back of a length on the pads. Cowan tucks it away to deep square leg for one. 135/3

33.5 V Philander to Cowan, Length ball just outside off stump. Cowan defends it to the covers off the front foot. 134/3

33.4 V Philander to Cowan, On a length on off stump. Cowan drives it harder this time to mid off with a dead straight bat. 134/3

33.3 V Philander to Cowan, Full on middle and off. Cowan drives it to mid on. 134/3

33.3 V Philander to Cowan, NO BALL! Length ball on middle and leg. Cowan misses his flick. The keeper and the slip cordon looked excited before realizing that it was a no ball. 134/3

33.2 V Philander to Cowan, Tight line and length on off. Cowan stays put and defends it off the back foot to mid off. 133/3

33.1 V Philander to Cowan, Pitched up just outside off stump. Cowan gets forward and defends it to the covers. 133/3

32.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Bangs this one short. But, not well directed. It is outside the off stump. Clarke drops his wrists and lets it go through. 133/3

32.5 D Steyn to M Clarke, Good length delivery on off. Clarke moves slightly across and drives it to mid on which is straighter now after the boundary earlier in the over. 133/3

32.4 D Steyn to Clarke, Pushes this one just outside off. Clarke lets it through. 133/3

32.3 D Steyn to Clarke, FOUR! Dumbfounded! Clarke plays a lovely straight drive to this full delivery on off stump. Second for him on day 4. 133/3

32.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Full delivery just outside off. Clarke drives it to the covers. 129/3

32.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Pitched up on off. Cowan gets well forward and pushes it past mid off for a single. Both batsmen look super confident. 129/3

31.6 V Philander to Clarke, Another length delivery just outside off. Clarke leaves it for de Villiers to handle the ball. 128/3

31.5 V Philander to Clarke, Closer to off. Clarke still comes forward and leaves it alone. He knows where his off stump is. 128/3

31.4 V Philander to Clarke, Another full delivery just outside off. Clarke lets it go through. He isn't hitting the right line. The length looks good and the swing too. 128/3

31.3 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on off stump. Clarke defends it off the back foot. 128/3

31.2 V Philander to Clarke, Pitched up outside off. Clarke gets well forward and shoulders arms to it. 128/3

31.1 V Philander to Clarke, Length ball moving outwards after pitching just outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 128/3

30.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Closer to the off stump. But Cowan judges it well, comes forward and leaves it alone. 128/3

30.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Bowls it wide outside off. Cowan lets it go through to the keeper. 128/3

30.4 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! Some luck there for Cowan! Just short of a length and angled across Cowan. He shapes up to play but shoulders arms to it. The ball hits the inside edge of the bat and goes past de Villiers and into the boundary behind. First blemish from Cowan today. 128/3

30.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Another one brought back in. Cowan drives it to mid on. 124/3

30.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Good ball! Pitched up on off and comes back in. Cowan is equal to the task and gets his front foot out of the way and defends it back to the bowler. 124/3

30.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Pushes this outside off stump. Cowan lets it go through. 124/3

29.6 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke is finally drawn into a tentative push outside the off stump. On a length just outside off, Clarke plonks his bat at it and is beaten. Good ball to end the over. 124/3

29.5 V Philander to Clarke, Just back of a length ball. Clarke punches it away to the covers. 124/3

29.4 V Philander to Clarke, Straighter line and length on middle. Clarke turns it down to mid-wicket. 124/3

Steyn is getting some strapping on his ankles just outside the ropes.

29.3 V Philander to Clarke, Pushed wider this time outside off. Clarke comes forward and watchfully lets it go through. 124/3

29.2 V Philander to Clarke, Betters the line to the off side. Full and just outside the off stick. Clarke shoulders arms to it. 124/3

29.1 V Philander to Clarke, Full on the pads and Clarke flicks it past mid on. The fielder gives it a long chase and the batmen have enough time to run four. Lovely running. 124/3

28.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Cowan is getting his front foot well forward to these full deliveries now. Full outside off and defended to the covers. 120/3

28.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Good solid front foot defense to this full delivery just outside off. Cowan is moving his feet very well. 120/3

28.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Full and well outside off. Cowan lets it go through. 120/3

28.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Again a bit wide outside off on a length. This is the time they need to make the batsmen play, before it is too late and they get well set. 120/3

28.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Pushed up just outside off stump. Cowan wants nothing with that one. Leaves it alone. 120/3

28.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Bowled full and wide outside off. Cowan shoulders arms to that one. 120/3

27.6 V Philander to Clarke, Better line this time. On middle stump. Makes Clarke play and he defends with a straight bat. 120/3

27.5 V Philander to Clarke, Make them play Phily! That was sprayed wider outside off. Clarke leaves it alone again. He is not going to get tempted easily to play a booming drive. 120/3

27.4 V Philander to Clarke, Good length delivery just outside off. Clarke allows the ball to meet the keeper's gloves. 120/3

Clarke has taken off his sweater. He was probably feeling the heat out there. The slips are fairly close to each other.

27.3 V Philander to Clarke, Pitched up outside off and swings away. Clarke leaves it alone. 120/3

27.3 V Philander to Clarke, NO BALL! Just short of a length outside off stump. Clarke lets it go through. 120/3

27.2 V Philander to Cowan, Another one way down the leg side. Cowan flicks it away down to fine leg for a single. Cowan is looking at home. 119/3

27.1 V Philander to Cowan, Bowls on the pads first up. He gets tucked away to fine leg for a couple. 118/3

He was wicket-less yesterday. The Aussies tackled his lively pace well.

Vernon Philander will start from the other end.

26.6 D Steyn to M Clarke, FOUR! Lovely drive! Clarke gets on the front foot to this fullish length delivery and drives it past Steyn and beats mid off to the boundary. Good way to get his first runs of the day. 116/3

26.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Another good length ball on off. Clarke drives it to mid off. 112/3

26.4 D Steyn to Clarke, Good tight line and length in the channel. Clarke stays back and defends it off the back foot. 112/3

Cowan gets to his 4th Test 50. Cowan did not walk out to the middle today, he RAN out. He looked very eager to get out in the middle.

26.3 D Steyn to Cowan, On middle stump and swinging in, Cowan flicks it away to deep square leg to bring up his half century. He has played a gem of a knock so far. He will surely look to convert this one into a biggie. 112/3

26.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Shoulders arms to it yet again. 111/3

26.1 D Steyn to Cowan, We are up and running. Good length delivery angled across a bit. Cowan lets it go through. 111/3

There are the players. The South Africans have taken their positions in the filed. Cowan will take strike against Dale Steyn.

The weather is overcast. We had a beautiful morning a few minutes back at the Gabba though. We should have a full day's cricket. The pitch too looked very good for batting. The bowlers will get some swing in the first hour or so. We wait for the players to get out on the field and the play to start on day 4.

The Aussies need another 140 runs to avoid the follow on. The Protean attack is capable of dismissing them well before that with just Hussey left as the last recognized batsmen. An Australian victory looks highly unlikely. South Africa, however, will push real hard to wrap up the Aussie first innings as quickly as possible.

Welcome to day 4 of the first Test between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba. South Africa have dominated proceedings until now, both with bat and ball. The Australian innings hangs loose at 111/3. It could have been worse had captain Clarke and Cowan not put up a half century stand to rescue them from a precarious 40/3.

There are still two more days to go and all three results are fairly possible in spite of an entire Day 2 being washed off. Tomorrow will be an early start as well. Do join us for that. Till then, farewell.

But then, Ed Cowan and the skipper Michael Clarke led a fantastic comeback. And what was better was that the run-rate was kept above 4 at all times which indicates the positivity of the unit. But Rory Kleinveldt was poor and offered loose deliveries at will.

Dale Steyn had David Warner caught off early in the innings. The new-ball bowling from South Africa looked levels above what Australia had to offer. Ricky Ponting fell early for another duck and his career would be at stake again, for the umpteenth time in the past two years.

Australia did reasonably well to restrict South Africa to 450, as at one stage, the prospect of South Africa putting on a bat-once-in-the-match total loomed in the vicinity. Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis were the obvious stand-outs with their tons. James Pattinson was reasonably good while Hilfenhaus lacked the pace to challenge the batsmen at large. Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle were good with their spells.

An enthralling day of Test match today. Both the sides had both the set of skills tested out today.

25.6 V Philander to Clarke, In the right zone, outside off and Clarke allows it through. That will be STUMPS ON DAY 3. 111/3

25.5 V Philander to Clarke, A short of a length delivery, Clarke gets on top of it and defends it down. Last ball coming up. 111/3

25.4 V Philander to Clarke, In the channel, outside off, Clarke watches the movement of the seam, which indicates it's going away and Clarke lets it through. 111/3

25.3 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery outside off, Clarke allows the ball to go through to the keeper. 111/3

25.3 V Philander to Cowan, No-ball for over-stepping! Full length delivery, Cowan drives this one to the man at mid off for a single. 111/3

25.2 V Philander to Cowan, Cowan shoulders arms to let that one through. 109/3

25.1 V Philander to Cowan, Good length delivery, jagging back in, Cowan lets it go. 109/3

Last over of the day. It will be Vernon Philander to sum up things.

24.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Clarke shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 109/3

24.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Good length delivery, Cowan taps it down on the off side for one. 109/3

24.4 M Morkel to Cowan, Cowan has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 108/3

24.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Stays back and defends this length delivery on the off side. 108/3

24.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Not out, because it's a no-ball! A short of a length delivery, darting down the leg side, Cowan seems to have caught something off while trying to flick that away and the entire team goes up for an appeal. Umpire does not give it and South Africa ponder about the review. Very surprisingly, it's neither Morkel nor AB de Villiers who forces Smith to take the review, it's Steyn. My my, here's the irony. Morkel had over-stepped there, just marginally, whose call was taken after a long, long time. And Hot Spot detects a tiny deflection off the glove to Cowan. So that was out, had not been there for a no-ball. According to the rules, South Africa still have two reviews remaining. 108/3

Appeal for a caught behind. South Africa take the first review.

24.2 M Morkel to Cowan, A short of a length delivery this time at 139.2 kph, on off, Cowan dabs it down on the off side. 107/3

24.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Angles across a full pitched delivery, well outside off and Cowan lets it go alone. 107/3

23.6 V Philander to Clarke, Fuller in length and swinging away, left alone to end the over. 107/3

23.5 V Philander to Clarke, Full length delivery into the pads, Clarke taps it towards mid-wicket and calls off the single. 107/3

23.4 V Philander to Clarke, Excellent. His stock delivery. Lands it on a good length around off and just jags away from the seam, Clarke is forced to come forward and misses the line to get beaten. 107/3

23.3 V Philander to Cowan, A touch short of a length delivery outside off, slapped away to point where Faf du Plessis stops it with a dive to save a boundary. 107/3

23.2 V Philander to Cowan, Makes the batsman play with a good length delivery around off, Cowan defends it well. 106/3

23.1 V Philander to Cowan, Cowan chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 106/3

Vernon Philander back into the attack. So no Jacques Kallis for today.

22.6 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Poor delivery down the leg side, drifting onto the pads at 139 kph, Clarke helps it away neatly with a flick to the fine leg fence. 106/3

22.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Clarke chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 102/3

22.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Much fuller in length, Clarke drives it off the inside part of the bat down the ground. 102/3

22.3 M Morkel to M Clarke, FOUR! Off the outside edge but it's flashed hard. On a good length outside off, manages a thick edge of Clarke's flashing blade and races away past gully to the fence. 102/3

22.2 M Morkel to Clarke, A touch short again, outside off, left alone once again. 98/3

22.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Bowls a short of a length delivery outside off, Clarke leaves it alone. 98/3

Morne Morkel is back for the final spell of the day.

21.6 D Steyn to Cowan, A full length delivery angling into the pads, Cowan tucks it away past mid-wicket and takes two runs to end the over. 98/3

21.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Cowan chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 96/3

21.4 D Steyn to Cowan, A fuller length delivery, Cowan thrusts forward and pushes it towards cover. 96/3

21.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Bowls it outside off, Cowan gets forward to defend. 96/3

21.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Full in length this time, outside off, Cowan gets his bat and pad together to defend it down. 96/3

21.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Angles away a good length delivery outside off at 127.3 kph, Cowan covers the line and lets it go. 96/3

20.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A good length delivery, 134 kph, Clarke defends this one well. 96/3

20.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A touch short again, Clarke cuts it away, point gets a hand to it and they run across for a couple of runs. 96/3

50-run stand between Michael Clarke and Ed Cowan.

20.5 R Kleinveldt to M Clarke, FOUR! No-ball as well for over-stepping. Kleinveldt is bowling poorly now. Again it's short and wide outside off, Clarke loves it over there and slaps it past point for a boundary. 94/3

20.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Good length delivery, outside off at 133.8 kph, Clarke lets it go through to the keeper. 89/3

20.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke defends this well. 89/3

20.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Short of a length delivery, outside off, Clarke gets on top of the bounce nicely with a punch but picks out extra cover. 89/3

20.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Back of a length at 134.1 kph, swinging away outside off, Clarke lets it go through to the keeper. 89/3

19.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Cowan shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 89/3

19.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Swinging away outside off, Cowan lets it go through to the keeper. 89/3

19.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Cowan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 89/3

19.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Clarke lets the ball go outside his off stump. 89/3

19.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Full length delivery, 135.5 kph, Cowan steps forward and prods it towards cover. 89/3

19.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Full and wide, angling away outside off, Cowan allows it through to the keeper. 89/3

18.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A touch short outside off, Clarke goes back and punches it away. 89/3

18.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Good length delivery, 134.8 kph, Clarke defends it well again. 89/3

18.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Back of a length delivery, on off, Clarke defends it towards the off side. 89/3

18.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, No-ball for over-stepping. The third one from him. Full length on middle, Cowan taps it back into the ground. 89/3

18.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good length delivery, angling in on the pads this time, Cowan taps it towards mid-wicket for a quick single. 88/3

18.2 R Kleinveldt to Ed Cowan, FOUR! And on the off side this time. Short of a length once again this time from Kleinveldt, who isn't bowling too well, Cowan flashes hard and pierces the gap past point. 87/3

18.1 R Kleinveldt to Ed Cowan, FOUR! He has played this shot just too well today. Short of a length delivery, outside off at 128.6 kph, Cowan reaches out and pulls it away past mid-wicket for a boundary. 83/3

17.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Length delivery outside off, Clarke leaves it alone to end the over. 79/3

17.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Full delivery into the pads at 133.5 kph, Clarke flicks it away well through the mid-wicket region for a couple of runs. 79/3

17.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Cowan has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 77/3

17.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Full length into the off stump, 131.9 kph, Cowan taps it down to the fielder at mid on. 76/3

17.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Fuller length outside off, Cowan plays a tentative little dab shot into the ground on the off side. Done for pace there. 76/3

17.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Starts with a delivery full on the pads at 135.4 kph, Clarke tucks it down to fine leg and takes one. 76/3

Dale Steyn back into the attack now.

16.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Another short delivery, Cowan fails to penetrate the gap past point. 75/3

16.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, No-ball for over-stepping again. Short of a length delivery, Cowan slaps it away to gully. 75/3

16.5 R Kleinveldt to Ed Cowan, FOUR! He is on a mission today, the fall of wickets seems to have left Cowan unperturbed. Short from Kleinveldt, on middle, Cowan gets back and pulls it away through mid-wicket. 74/3

16.4 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, FOUR! Slapped. This was short and wide, first loosener from Kleinveldt in his Test career, Cowan goes forth and back to crash it past point. 70/3

16.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Comes from wide off the crease and angles away a pitched up delivery, Cowan covers the line to let de Villiers collect it. 66/3

16.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Cowan chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 66/3

16.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, No-ball for over-stepping! A good length delivery, swings back in a bit, Cowan with a good defense. 66/3

16.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Excellent first delivery. Full on off, Cowan gets his bat down to defend that. 65/3

Debutant Rory Kleinveldt into the attack.

15.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Well wide outside off and Clarke lets it through to the keeper. 65/3

15.5 M Morkel to Cowan, It's on the fuller length again outside off, Cowan leans forward and caresses it past mid off. Gets three runs as Kleinveldt fetches it back. 65/3

15.4 M Morkel to Ed Cowan, Excellent. Jams up Cowan with a yorker, just outside off, Cowan digs it out well. 62/3

15.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Bowls a half-volley on middle this time, Clarke flicks it well through mid-wicket. Kleinveldt with the chase, slips in the deep and allows the third run to be taken. 62/3

15.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Fuller length outside off, Clarke allows it go through. 59/3

15.1 M Morkel to M Clarke, FOUR! Short of a length delivery, well outside off at 139.7 kph, Clarke pounces onto it and slaps it over point for a boundary. Good start after the break. 59/3

DRINKS BREAK!

14.6 V Philander to Cowan, Pitched up, 134.9 kph, Cowan leans out and caresses it straight to the cover fielder. 55/3

14.5 V Philander to Cowan, Full length delivery at 127.3 kph, Cowan pushes it away towards cover. 55/3

14.4 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery on middle, Clarke taps it down towards mid on and takes one. 55/3

14.3 V Philander to Clarke, Full length into the pads, Clarke nudges it away past square leg and takes a couple. 54/3

14.2 V Philander to Clarke, FOUR! Cracked away this time. Quite short, width outside off, Clarke takes it and crashes it past covers. 52/3

14.1 V Philander to Cowan, A touch short of a length delivery outside off, Cowan punches it away towards cover and takes a single. 48/3

13.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Clarke has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery to end another tight over. 47/3

13.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Clarke lets the ball go outside his off stump. 47/3

13.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Quite short outside off at 137.9 kph, Clarke leaves it alone. 47/3

13.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length delivery, on off, pushed away to the cover region. 47/3

13.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Much full in length at 142 kph, Cowan tucks it away towards mid-wicket for a quick single. 47/3

13.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Angles in a full length delivery, on off, Cowan comes down with a defense. 46/3

12.6 V Philander to Clarke, Another leave outside off to end the over. 46/3

12.5 V Philander to Clarke, Good length delivery outside off, Clarke leaves it alone this time. 46/3

12.4 V Philander to Clarke, Good length delivery on the stumps, Clarke gets down to defend. 46/3

12.3 V Philander to Clarke, Bowls it up to the stumps, Clarke drives it straight down the ground and Philander does well to get low and stop that. 46/3

12.2 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke stays back and defends. 46/3

12.1 V Philander to Cowan, Length on the pads, Cowan tucks it away through mid-wicket for one. 46/3

11.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Excellent delivery. It was full and curved a bit late, Clarke pokes inside the line to miss out. 45/3

11.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Clarke chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 45/3

11.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Bangs in short outside off, left alone. 45/3

11.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Darts down a length delivery on middle, Cowan tucks it away, past a diving leg slip for a single. 45/3

11.2 Morkel to Cowan, A snarling yorker, around off, Cowan digs it away and it sneaks through with the pads. 44/3

11.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Comes around the wicket and angles a full delivery, Cowan comes up with a front foot defense. 44/3

10.6 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke has played that off the front foot and into the ground to end the over. 44/3

10.6 V Philander to Clarke, Again bowls it full around off, Clarke covers the line and lets it go. Philander had over-stepped there for a no-ball. 44/3

10.5 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery outside off, Clarke with a wild slash to miss that out. 43/3

10.4 V Philander to Clarke, Much fuller this time, on off, Clarke gets forward and stabs it towards point. 43/3

10.3 V Philander to Clarke, Bowls a bit short outside off, Clarke aims to punch that but mistimes it back to Vern. 43/3

10.2 V Philander to Clarke, Good length delivery, angling into the pads, Clarke aims to work it away but is caught on the pads. 43/3

10.1 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke defends this well. 43/3

Philander back into the attack.

9.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Fuller length delivery at 138 kph, Clarke gets out and drives it well through the cover region to pick up three runs. 43/3

9.5 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke aims to push it away but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 40/3

9.4 M Morkel to Clarke, A touch short, Clarke angles it fine towards second slip. 40/3

Michael Clarke, the skipper walks out to the middle.

9.3 M Morkel to R Ponting, OUT! Ponting's gone in his typically tentative fashion early in the innings. Just a length delivery, outside off at 138.8 kph, Ponting pokes at that with a front foot prod. Gets the outside edge which is pouched safely by Jacques Kallis at second slip. Back in 2008, Ishant Sharma got the better of Ponting in a deja vu fashion after troubling him to no limits. 40/3

9.2 M Morkel to Ponting, Ponting chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 40/2

9.1 M Morkel to Ponting, Full and wide outside off, Ponting lets it go. 40/2

8.6 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! Excellent way to end the over. This was short again, short at 140 kph, Cowan pulls it away, there is a man in the deep but this was in the gap past deep square leg. 40/2

8.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 36/2

8.4 D Steyn to Cowan, A full length, Cowan just merely pushes it down through mid off and gets a couple of runs. 36/2

Deep square leg in place now for the pull shot.

8.3 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! He's playing this shot well. Maybe the bounce is a bit more trustable on the Gabba strip. Short delivery on middle, Cowan turns with the pull and gets it over the short leg fielder for a boundary. 34/2

8.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Back of a length delivery this time, outside off, Cowan defends this well. 30/2

8.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Full length delivery on middle, Cowan gets out to defend. 30/2

7.6 M Morkel to Ponting, Ponting shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 30/2

7.5 M Morkel to Ponting, Good length delivery well outside off, with a typical shuffle of the feet, Ponting lets it go. 30/2

Ricky Ponting walks out to the middle at number 4.

7.4 M Morkel to Quiney, OUT! The debutant fails to make it big. He was looking confident against the best pace attack in world Test cricket but that seems to have done him in. Morkel bangs in short again on middle, Quiney swivels and pulls it away, the ball seems to be travelling over the ropes, Steyn crosses the ropes, mid-air pops it back in, steps back into the field and takes a fine catch in the end. 30/2

7.3 M Morkel to Quiney, Quiney shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 30/1

7.2 M Morkel to Quiney, Another leg-sided delivery down the leg side, Quiney attempts to flick it but misses out. 30/1

7.1 M Morkel to Quiney, Four leg byes! Morkel starts with a shortish delivery down the leg side, Quiney attempted to flick but it came off the pads to the fine leg fence. 30/1

Morne Morkel is the first bowling change.

6.6 D Steyn to Quiney, Good length delivery on the pads, Quiney comes across a bit and flicks it down to fine leg for one. 26/1

6.5 D Steyn to Quiney, Short of a length this time, outside off, Quiney blocks it after covering the line well. 25/1

6.4 D Steyn to Quiney, A bit of width outside off, Quiney flashes at that but misses out. 25/1

6.3 D Steyn to Quiney, A touch on a good length now, on middle, Quiney gets behind the line and defends it down. 25/1

6.2 D Steyn to Quiney, Very full again, on the pads, Quiney flicks it away to mid-wicket. 25/1

6.1 D Steyn to Quiney, Fuller length, angling into the pads, Quiney tucks it away through mid-wicket and gets himself a couple of runs. 25/1

5.6 V Philander to Cowan, Pitches it up at 130 kph, angling away outside off, Cowan allows it through. 23/1

5.5 V Philander to Cowan, Cowan chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 23/1

5.4 V Philander to Cowan, Good length on middle, nips in a bit, Cowan tucks it towards mid-wicket. 23/1

5.3 V Philander to Cowan, In the right channel at 127.4 kph, full outside off, Cowan leans forward to defend. 23/1

5.2 V Philander to Cowan, FOUR! Wonderfully done by Cowan. This was banged in short on middle by Philander, without any hesitation and with the back foot going across and back, Cowan pulls it well through mid-wicket all along the turf. 23/1

5.1 V Philander to Cowan, Bowls a length delivery on middle, 130.4 kph, tucked away towards mid-wicket. 19/1

4.6 D Steyn to Rob Quiney, FOUR! That could have been a brief outing for Quiney. Edges this length ball which was angled across. The ball finds the gap between gully and third slip for the second time in this innings. Six off that over and a wicket. 19/1

4.5 D Steyn to Quiney, What a start to his batting in the Test career! Short one on middle and leg. Quiney pulls it by getting into position early down to the right of fine leg for a couple. 15/1

Debutant Rob Quiney comes in one down.

4.4 D Steyn to Warner, OUT! Warner is gone! He never looked comfortable out there. Steyn pushes this a tad outside off stump and angles it across too. Warner fishes at it and gets the edge through to Kallis at second slip where he takes it safely as he always does. The Proteas draw first blood. 13/1

4.3 D Steyn to Warner, Similar delivery just outside off. Warner doesn't move his feet much and defends it into the covers. 13/0

4.2 D Steyn to Warner, Good tight line and length on off. Warner defends it off his back foot to the covers. 13/0

4.1 D Steyn to Warner, Nearly gets Warner there. Pitched up outside off and moving in. Warner thinks of playing it but withdraws the bat at the last moment. The ball takes the face of the bat though just before it is withdrawn and goes towards point. 13/0

3.6 V Philander to Cowan, Cowan lets this back of a length ball go through to de Villiers. 13/0

3.5 V Philander to Cowan, Short ball outside off. Cowan, who is out of his crease cuts it hard to point where Faf du Plessis, on for Duminy makes an agile diving stop. 13/0

3.4 V Philander to Cowan, Leaves it alone outside the off stump. 13/0

3.3 V Philander to Ed Cowan, FOUR! Luck for Cowan! Pitched on a length just outside off. The ball jags away after pitching as Philander delivers it from very close to the stumps. The ball takes the edge of Cowan's bat and flies between third slip and gully and into the boundary. 13/0

3.2 V Philander to Warner, This one is full on the pads. Warner tucks it away from mid-wicket and runs through for one. They think of a couple but the fielder gets there quickly. 9/0

3.1 V Philander to Warner, Good length delivery on off stump. Warner stays back and defends it to point off his back foot. 8/0

2.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Leaves this length delivery otuside off stump alone. 8/0

2.5 Steyn to Cowan, Full on middle and off, swinging in too. Cowan gets an inside edge onto his pads. Steyn goes up in appeal but is turned down. Hawk eye shows it would have missed the leg stump. 8/0

2.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Close leave! Cowan has left this ball on middle and off purely on length. Steyn has hit a lovely rhythm. 8/0

2.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Pushes this wider of off stump and Cowan comfortably lets it go through. Hopefully, the South African bowlers will not commit the same mistake that the Aussie bowlers committed. They should make them play at the ball more often. 8/0

2.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Pitches it on a length on off and brings it in. Cowan is hit high on his pads. He is going all out against the openers. 8/0

2.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Beautiful! Steyn pitches this one just outside off stump and brings it in. Cowan lets it go with some good judgement too. Steyn is extracting genuine swing here. 8/0

1.6 V Philander to Warner, Pitched up on middle and off. The ball moves in sharply towards Warner's pads. He adjusts well and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. 8/0

1.5 V Philander to Warner, Just back of a length outside off. Warner stays on the back foot and defends it to point. Wait is the call from him to Cowan. 6/0

1.4 V Philander to Warner, This one is angled across him and he lets it go through.. 6/0

1.3 V Philander to Warner, Comes in this time off a good length. Warner is stunned and hurried into the shot. He is hit on the pads though. 6/0

1.2 V Philander to Warner, Back of a length ball just outside off. The ball moves away sharply and beats Warner's prod off the back foot. 6/0

1.1 V Philander to Warner, Full delivery just outside off. Warner expects it to come back in and ends up playing inside the line to miss the ball. 6/0

Vernon Philander will share the new ball from the other end. His average is a shade over 16 and strike rate is 33. What a record so far.

0.6 D Steyn to Warner, Another one comes in sharply. Warner closes the face of the bat at the last moment and the ball goes down to fine leg for one. 6/0

0.5 D Steyn to Warner, This one is straighter. Pitches on off and comes in a tad. Warner is hurried into the defensive shot. Does well to get his bat down in time. 5/0

0.4 D Steyn to Warner, Pitched up outside off, the ball straightens and Warner leaves it alone. 5/0

0.3 D Steyn to Cowan, On the pads and worked away for a single down the leg side. 5/0

0.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Length ball outside off. Cowan lets it go through to the keeper. 4/0

0.1 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR Leg byes! The first ball is full and swings in sharply. The ball hits the pads of Cowan and flies away past a diving de Villiers and into the fine leg boundary. 4/0

Commentary (South Africa innings)

Kallis and Amla propelled most of the Protea innings with good centuries. Something similar will be required from the Australian top order. However, if the South African pacers pick up some early wickets, we could be in for an interesting close of day's play.

The South African innings has come to an end just after the tea break and they have put up a good score of 450. The Aussie quicks bowled hostile lines and lengths to the Protea quicks when they got out to bat. It is interesting to see how they respond to that.

151.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Morkel, OUT! And that is it! The end of the South African innings. Full delivery on off. Morkel tries to smash it down the ground but ends up finding straightish mid off where Siddle takes it comfortably. 450/9

151.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Morkel, Short of a length and angled across. Morkel tries to play a dab and misses it. 450/8

151.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Morkel, Yes! He bangs it in short. But it is too high and Morkel gets under it pretty easily in the end. 450/8

151.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kleinveldt, On a length on the pads. Worked down the leg side for a single. Will Hilfenhaus try to get the ball onto Morkel's body as well? 450/8

150.6 N Lyon to Morkel, Length outside off. Morkel tries to cut but misses. The Aussies go up in appeal. Wade looks convinced but the umpire turns it down. 449/8

150.5 N Lyon to Morkel, The batsman has driven it straight down the ground. 449/8

150.4 N Lyon to Morkel, Defended back to the bowler by Morkel this time. 449/8

150.3 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, DROPPED! Kleinveldt goes for a slog sweep and finds the top edge. It goes high up in the air and Cowan at mid-wicket gets under it with the sun right in his eyes. He spills it on both the attempts They run a single. 449/8

150.2 N Lyon to R Kleinveldt, Full outside off. Kleinveldt plays a flowing drive through the covers and long off gets around from the ropes to keep them down to two. 448/8

150.1 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, Tucks this away to the on side. 446/8

Morne Morkel walks in to bat at 10. He will be the last man for the Proteas as Duminy has been ruled out.

149.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, OUT! The short balls do the trick for Hilfenhaus! Bowls it full on off stump. Steyn anticipated the short one and backs away. He plays a weak drive and the ball takes the edge and goes behind to Wade who takes an easy catch. 446/8

149.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Another one. He is putting Steyn on the firing line here. Steyn gets away from this one though. 446/7

149.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Banged in again. Hilfenhaus is putting his team's batsmen in danger as he hits Steyn on his bowling shoulder. Pay back is not far away. 446/7

149.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Nasty bouncer! Banged in on middle stump. Steyn gets out of the way in the last moment. 446/7

149.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Short ball outside off stump. Steyn plays it down to point. 446/7

149.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, That was wide outside the off stump. Steyn has a wild swing at it and misses. 446/7

Hilfenhaus to bowl from the other end.

148.6 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. 446/7

148.5 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, SIX! Another one! Chips down the track to this flighted delivery and smashes it over long on for the second six. 446/7

148.4 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, SIX! Smack! Slog sweeps this one over the mid-wicket boundary. The fielder tries to get under it but realizes that the ball is going over the ropes. 440/7

148.3 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 434/7

148.2 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, Similar delivery. Kleinveldt tucks it away to mid-wicket and they take a quick single. Kelinveldt is keen to bat as he dives in at the striker's end as the throw comes in. 434/7

148.1 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, Pitched on middle and turns away past the bat and the stumps down the leg side. Wade flicks off the bails in a stumping attempt. But, there is no appeal. 434/7

The players are back on the field and the declaration hasn't been called for yet. I wonder how much longer the South Africans are planning to bat, i.e if they last longer.

We will be back for the third and final session of day 3. Do join us in a few minutes.

Rudolph tried to play a few strokes most of which found fielders or were mis-timed. He struggled to get it away. The tail tried to wag too with some success as they pushed the score up to 434. the declaration should not be far away.

The Aussies have pulled it back by picking up quick wickets of Kallis and de Villiers early in the session. It could have been much worse had one of them stayed for a major part of this session.

147.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Good bouncer as the batsman ducks under it quietly without much fuss. And that is Tea. 434/7

147.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Good variation by Hilfy. That was a yorker on middle stump. Steyn is not one to be foxed though. He watchfully digs it out. 434/7

147.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, A bouncer this time on off. Steyn arches backwards and tries to upper cut it but misses. 434/7

147.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Short ball on off stump. Steyn keeps it down effectively. 434/7

147.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Length ball, Steyn defended this from within the crease back on to the pitch. 434/7

147.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, FOUR! What a shot! Steyn hits this straight drive on the up between the umpire and the non-striker to the boundary. Incredible for a lower order batsman. 434/7

146.6 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, Short ball just outside off. Kleinveldt misses his cut. 430/7

146.5 N Lyon to Steyn, Full on middle and off, Steyn drives it down to long on. 430/7

146.4 N Lyon to Steyn, Poor delivery down the leg side. The ball pitched on leg stump and spun further down. Steyn lets it go through. 429/7

146.3 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, Full delivery on middle. Kleinveldt tries to slog sweep it and finds the inside edge. The ball goes to deep square leg and they take a single. This was his first Test run. 429/7

146.2 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, Defends it off his front foot to the off side. 428/7

146.1 N Lyon to Steyn, Turning into the pads, Steyn tucks it away to the on side for a single. 428/7

Lyon continues as we have just under 10 minutes left for Tea.

145.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kleinveldt, Bangs it into the pitch and on to the batsman's body. Kleinveldt adjusts to the bounce well and hits it down to the off side. Well played! 427/7

145.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kleinveldt, Another one banged in. Kleinveldt moves away in time and lets it go through to Wade. 427/7

145.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to D Steyn, Length ball on off. The ball holds its line as Steyn tries to drive and finds a thickish outside edge. Quiney at gully dives to his right but can't stop it. They take just a single. It looked like a couple was easily on there. 427/7

145.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Good aggression from Hilfenhaus. Bangs it in on middle. Steyn sways away. 426/7

145.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Short of a length on Steyn's body. He tries to make room and pull it, but doesn't get any kind of timing on it. The ball falls away towards mid on. 426/7

145.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Full on the pads. Steyn flicks it straight to mid-wicket. 426/7

144.6 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, Comes forward and pushes it to the off side gently. 426/7

144.5 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 426/7

144.4 N Lyon to Kleinveldt, Gets behind the line and defends it back to Lyon. 426/7

Kleinveldt will be the next batsman in.

144.3 N Lyon to J Rudolph, OUT! Gone! Rudolph dances down again and slices it straight to Quiney at point. Rudolph must have got a message from the dressing room to up the ante and perishes in the cause. 426/7

144.2 N Lyon to Rudolph, Bowls it slow and makes Rudolph drive to the covers. No run. 426/6

144.1 N Lyon to J Rudolph, FOUR! Crashed! Rudolph dances down the track and smashes this straight back past the non-striker and into the boundary. 426/6

The umpire allows a seventh ball in the over which is a bouncer to which Steyn sways out of comfortably. Some hostile bowling by Hilfenhaus now.

143.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Hilfenhaus bangs this one short. Steyn stays in the crease and has a swat at it, but misses. 422/6

143.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, NOT OUT! Full and angling in. Steyn misses his flick and is struck on the pads. Everyone goes up in appeal and Rauf raises his finger. Steyn isn't satisfied and wants the review. The third umpire reverses the decision as the ball was going over the stumps as confirmed by the hawk eye. 422/6

Steyn has been given out LBW. Steyn wants the review.

143.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Well left! Length just outside off. Steyn judges it well and leaves it with some elegance. 422/6

143.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Straighter line this time, full too. Steyn stays in his crease and defends it to the on side. 422/6

143.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Steyn, Just short of a length ball outside off. Steyn leaves it alone. 422/6

143.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Rudolph, Length ball on middle. Rudolph tucks it away to mid-wicket for a single. Steyn exposed for the next five deliveries. 422/6

Hilfenhaus comes into the attack.

142.6 N Lyon to Steyn, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 421/6

142.5 Lyon to Steyn, Length ball pitched outside off and turning in. Steyn misses his nudge and gets hit on the pads. They go up in appeal but Steyn appears outside the line of off stump. 421/6

142.4 N Lyon to Steyn, FOUR! Up and over! Chips down the track and lofts this one way over mid off and into the boundary. 421/6

142.3 N Lyon to Steyn, Defends this one off the front foot back to the bowler. 417/6

142.2 N Lyon to Steyn, Tossed up and Steyn comes down the track and nearly yorks himself. He plays the flick to mid-wicket. No run. 417/6

142.1 N Lyon to Steyn, Flights it up outside off. Steyn stays back and defends it tot he on side. 417/6

141.6 P Siddle to Rudolph, Just back of a length ball on middle and off. Rudolph taps it down to the covers and thinks of a non-existent single. 417/6

141.5 Siddle to Rudolph, Almost a yorker but way outside off stump. Rudolph plays it straight to point. 417/6

141.4 P Siddle to Rudolph, Length ball outside off. Rudolph leaves it alone. 417/6

141.3 P Siddle to Rudolph, FOUR! Full outside off. Rudolph keeps the face open this time and drives it past mid off for a lovely boundary. 417/6

141.3 P Siddle to Rudolph, NO BALL! Siddle over steps and bowls a full delivery on off stump. Rudolph closes the face of his bat on the drive and hits it to mid off. 413/6

141.2 P Siddle to Steyn, Another short one. This time Steyn turns it down to the leg side for one. 412/6

141.1 Siddle to D Steyn, DROPPED! Bangs it in short first up. They don't want Steyn to take the ball it seems. Steyn moves outside the line and tries to play at it. The ball hits the glove and goes down to Wade who can't get to it as it went high over his head. They run two. 411/6

Around the wicket to Steyn now Siddle.

140.6 N Lyon to Rudolph, Pushed in quicker, Rudolph defends it from within the crease. 409/6

140.5 N Lyon to Rudolph, Defends this by getting right behind the line of the ball. 409/6

140.4 N Lyon to Steyn, Jumps out of the crease this time and tries to lift it over mid-wicket. The ball finds the inside edge and goes away to the leg side for one. 409/6

140.3 N Lyon to Steyn, Plays a sedate drive to the covers for no run. 408/6

140.2 N Lyon to Steyn, Steyn gets on to his front foot back to the bowler again. 408/6

140.1 N Lyon to Steyn, Slow and full outside off. Steyn defends it back to Lyon. 408/6

139.6 P Siddle to Rudolph, Siddle bounces him this time. Rudolph sways away gently and lets it go. 408/6

139.5 P Siddle to Rudolph, FOUR! Finally he gets it away! Short of a length ball outside off. He gets up on his back foot and guides it through gully for a boundary. 408/6

139.4 P Siddle to Rudolph, Full delivery on the pads. He flicks it to mid-wicket this time. No run again. 404/6

139.3 P Siddle to J Rudolph, Similar ball, similar shot. Rudolph needs to get a move on. 404/6

139.2 P Siddle to Rudolph, Good length ball outside off. Rudolph shapes to force it through the off side but closes the face at the last moment and the ball goes to mid-wicket. 404/6

139.1 P Siddle to Rudolph, Leaves this length ball outside off alone. 404/6

138.6 N Lyon to Steyn, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 404/6

138.5 N Lyon to Steyn, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 404/6

138.4 N Lyon to Steyn, Pitches outside off and turns in. Steyn misses his nudge and gets hit on the pad. The ball lobs down to leg slip. Everyone around the bat except for Lyon appeal. Lyon raises his hand jokingly as there was no bat on it to his team mates. 404/6

138.3 N Lyon to Steyn, Slows the pace down but bowls a similar full length. Steyn defends it well. 404/6

138.2 N Lyon to Steyn, Bowled full and quick outside off. Steyn hits it back to Lyon. 404/6

Ayaz Memon tweets, "Centuries by both Kallis and Amla seem to have an air on inevitability about them...Jacques was in particularly good form. Heck, 44 Test tons!"

138.1 N Lyon to Rudolph, Pitched up on off stump. Rudolph gets forward and flicks it to he leg side for a single. Steyn comes on strike now. 404/6

Psychologically, South Africa may have not anticipated that so another good point on Michael Clarke's captaincy on completely catching them off-guard with this untimely declaration. South Africa have 79 overs to bat out today. Wonder if Australia can manage to do anything to trouble the batsmen, on a wicket which still seems to be a Day 1 wicket, apart from the one-odd delivery which keeps low and bounces.

And that will be the DECLARATION. Michael Clarke has once again put his team ahead of his personal glory as a record-breaking 300 was available on the cards. But still, giving his bowlers at least an hour to run in against the Protea batsmen before lunch was a more sensible decision. Australia piled up 78 overs today.

DRINKS BREAK.

137.6 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Slow and full on the pads, 115.5 kph, Wade waits on and defends. 565/5

137.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Short and wide delivery, well outside off, Clarke steers it away past point and takes a single. 565/5

137.4 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Full in length, Wade strokes it down the ground and takes one. 564/5

137.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Full length delivery outside off, Clarke drives it through the covers region. Morkel with the chase and they take three runs. 563/5

137.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Bangs in short again, Clarke fends it away on the off side. 560/5

137.1 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Short of a length delivery, 131 kph, Wade mistimes his pull shot down the ground and takes one. 560/5

Dale Steyn walks out to bat now. The tail is exposed. Steyn's highest Test score of 76 was against the Aussies at Melbourne.

137.6 P Siddle to V Philander, OUT! Philander is back in the hut! Good length ball pitching on off and moving away. Philander doesn't move his feet and the ball takes the edge and goes to Clarke at first slip. He pouches it safely. 403/6

137.5 P Siddle to Philander, Length ball angling in, hits Philander's pads. Wade appeals in isolation there. It was going down the leg side clearly. 403/5

137.4 P Siddle to Philander, The bouncer from one quickie to another. Phily ducks under it little trouble. 403/5

137.3 P Siddle to V Philander, Just back of a length on off stump. Rudolph works it away to mid-wicket for a quick single. 403/5

137.2 P Siddle to Rudolph, Good length ball outside off. Rudolph moves considerably across and defends it to mid off. He seems to be too defensive. Wonder why! 402/5

137.1 P Siddle to J Rudolph, Full ball angled across the batsman. Rudolph drives it to mid off. He is not finding the gaps to most of his good strokes. 402/5

Three slips, no gully.

The players have walked out into the middle and Ben Hilfenhaus has the new ball. Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen will open for the Proteas. Smith to take strike.

South Africa Playing XI - GC Smith(c), AN Petersen, HM Amla, JH Kallis, AB de Villiers(wk), JA Rudolph, JP Duminy, VD Philander, M Morkel, DW Steyn, RK Kleinveldt

Australia Playing XI - EJM Cowan, DA Warner, RJ Quiney, RT Ponting, MJ Clarke(c), MEK Hussey, MS Wade(wk), NM Lyon, PM Siddle, JL Pattinson, BW Hilfenhaus

Australia play Nathan Lyon as Mitchell Starc misses out. So, three quicks and a spinner in the Aussie team. Rob Quiney will make his international debut for Australia today.

Toss - Graeme Smith has won the toss and elected to BAT first. Imran Tahir is not playing and quickie Rory Kleinveldt will debut. No spinner in the team then.

Weather - The weather appears to be clear and should stay the same throughout the day.

Australia are playing a Test after six months since their last in West Indies while South Africa are playing after their English tour in August.

Welcome to the coverage of the first test of South Africa's tour Down Under, kick starting at the Gabba today. There hasn't been a great deal of hype leading up to this series. However, we all know how good both these teams are with their strong batting line ups and bowling attacks that can boast loads.

136.6 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke cuts it past point and takes a couple. 559/5

136.5 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke stays put and defends. 557/5

136.4 D Steyn to Wade, Another full length delivery, a sweeper cover has been kept now after the last shot and Wade has driven there for single. 557/5

136.3 D Steyn to Wade, FOUR! What a shot! Steyn has been made a mockery out here now. Half-volley outside off at 136.9 kph, Wade gets forward and crashes it over extra covers for a boundary. 556/5

136.2 D Steyn to Wade, A little full this time, outside off, Wade executes an effective square-drive through covers for a couple. 552/5

136.1 D Steyn to Wade, A good length delivery outside off, Wade lets it alone. 550/5

136.6 N Lyon to Philander, Quicker and flatter on middle and leg. Phily turns it down to the on side. 402/5

136.5 N Lyon to Rudolph, Another drive to the right of mid off. Hussey stops it easily with a dive. They take a single this time. 402/5

136.4 N Lyon to Rudolph, Defends it off his front foot this time. 401/5

136.3 N Lyon to J Rudolph, Tossed up for the drive. Drive he does but straight to mid off. 401/5

136.2 N Lyon to Rudolph, Slow and on a length on off. Rudolph waits and defends it to the off side. 401/5

136.1 N Lyon to Rudolph, Flighted on off. Rudolph gets forward and plays it back to Lyon. 401/5

135.6 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Angles down a length delivery, Wade misses his flick and they take a leg bye off that. 550/5

135.5 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Short of a length this time, Wade attempts to pull that one away but misses out. 549/5

135.4 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Full in length this time, driven down to mid off. 549/5

135.3 R Kleinveldt to Wade, FOUR! Room offered, wide outside off and it's short, Wade gets back and crashes it over point for back-to-back boundaries. 549/5

135.2 Kleinveldt to Wade, FOUR! Great shot! Kleinveldt offers a half-volley outside off, 131.4 kph, Wade gets out and smashes it past the bowler through mid off for his first boundary. 545/5

135.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Bangs in short outside off, Clarke rather plays a struggling ugly-looking shot with a lob over extra covers for a single. 541/5

135.6 P Siddle to Philander, Not quite! Just short of a length and outside off. Phily gets across and defends it off his back foot. 401/5

135.5 P Siddle to Philander, Pitched up on off stump. Philander plays it back to Siddle. There should be a short one somewhere around the corner. 401/5

135.4 P Siddle to Philander, Good length ball on off stump. Philander plays it with a straight back on to the pitch. He is looking solid. 401/5

135.3 P Siddle to J Rudolph, Fullish again. Drives it crisply to wide of mid off for a single. 401/5

135.2 P Siddle to Rudolph, Much more circumspect. Defends this full delivery off his front foot to the covers. 400/5

135.1 P Siddle to J Rudolph, Full and angled across Rudolph. He tries to drive it through the covers but finds a thickish outside edge. The ball goes to gully on the bounce. 400/5

134.6 D Steyn to Wade, Wade has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 540/5

134.5 D Steyn to Wade, Gets beaten on the back foot with a play and a miss. 540/5

134.4 D Steyn to M Wade, Bowls full and wide outside off this time, Wade leans into it for the cover-drive but Faf du Plessis does not let it race away with a dive to his right. 540/5

134.3 D Steyn to Wade, A touch short, Wade dabs at it awkwardly on the off side. 540/5

134.2 D Steyn to Wade, Full and wide outside off, Wade leaves it alone this time. 540/5

134.1 D Steyn to Clarke, A short of a length delivery, Clarke taps it down on the off side and takes a single. 540/5

Billy Bowden has called for drinks. The 400 has been brought up for South Africa off that maximum by Philander. They will look to score another 100 if they can or 50 more at least.

134.6 N Lyon to Philander, Bowls it slower through the air. Philander defends it off the back foot back to Lyon. 400/5

134.5 N Lyon to Philander, Tries to turn it down to the on side but find the leading edge. No cause for concern though. 400/5

134.4 N Lyon to Philander, Full and quicker on off. Philander plays it back to the bowler off his front foot. 400/5

134.3 N Lyon to Philander, Flatter ball spinning in from outside off to off. Philander stays back and blocks it to the on side. 400/5

134.2 N Lyon to Philander, SIX! He has had enough! Launches this ball outside the off stump by jumping down the track over the mid-wicket boundary. A good blow that! 400/5

134.1 N Lyon to Philander, Flighted up on off stump. Philander defends it confidently back to the bowler. 394/5

133.6 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Another full and wide delivery, Wade does not play at that. 539/5

133.5 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Wade has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 539/5

133.4 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Wade shoulders arms to let that one through. 539/5

133.3 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Pitched up delivery, well outside off, Wade gets on the front foot and thumps it hard but there is a good stop at cover-point. 539/5

133.2 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Bouncer! Wade ducks in time to let that one go over him. 539/5

133.1 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Pitched up delivery, Wade gets forward and taps it into the ground. 539/5

133.6 P Siddle to Rudolph, Just short of a length outside off. Rudolph watches carefully and lets it go through. 394/5

133.5 P Siddle to Rudolph, Fullish on off. Rudolph drives it to extra cover. No run. 394/5

133.4 P Siddle to Rudolph, A good length ball across Rudolph. He goes across with his front foot to defend but withdraws at the last moment. Siddle, however, will feel that he beat him. 394/5

133.3 P Siddle to J Rudolph, Plays a good looking drive straight to mid off. He should have tries to place this one. 394/5

Philander has just faced 14 balls. The Aussies need to get him on strike more often.

133.2 P Siddle to Rudolph, Good length ball angled across the batsman. He lets it go through to Wade. 394/5

133.1 P Siddle to Philander, Tight length ball on off. Philander turns it down to square leg at the last moment by closing the face of his bat. They take a single. 394/5

Michael Clarke aka Pup crosses the 250 mark for the second time in his career. He has hit two back to back fours to get to it and I reckon he will go for the triple too.

132.6 Steyn to Clarke, FOUR! And now straight down the ground. No respect for Steyn there and it was more of an arrogant stroke. Pitched up delivery, Clarke stays on his crease and nails it down the ground. 539/5

132.5 D Steyn to Clarke, FOUR! Excellent shot there. Steyn drifts a full length delivery into the pads, Clarke just helps it away, up and over mid-wicket for a boundary. 535/5

132.4 D Steyn to Clarke, Well wide and on a good length outside off, Clarke throws everything at that but could not connect. 531/5

132.3 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke stays back and defends. 531/5

132.2 D Steyn to Wade, Full in length outside off, Wade taps it in front of point for a single. 531/5

132.1 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length delivery on the middle, tucked down through square leg for one. 530/5

132.6 N Lyon to Rudolph, Pitches on off and turns away. Rudolph leaves it alone. 393/5

132.5 N Lyon to Rudolph, A good ball on middle. Rudolph stays put and hits it dead on to the pitch with a straight bat. 393/5

132.4 N Lyon to Rudolph, Pushed through quicker. Rudolph stays back and taps it to the on side. 393/5

132.3 N Lyon to Rudolph, Similar defensive shot to this leg side delivery as he blocks it off his front foot. 393/5

132.2 N Lyon to Rudolph, Comes forward to this one and defends it to the on side. 393/5

132.1 N Lyon to Rudolph, Blocks this flighted delivery back to Lyon. 393/5

Dale Steyn back into the attack.

131.6 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Gets right across to a full length delivery and allows it through. 529/5

131.5 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Makes it the sixth leave outside off to end the over. 529/5

131.4 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Wade chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 529/5

131.3 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Full length delivery and wide outside off, Wade covers the line and makes it four leaves in a row. 529/5

131.2 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Another good length delivery, left alone outside off. 529/5

131.2 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Wade shoulders arms to let that one through. No Ball signalled by the umpire as Kleinveldt over-steps for the 12th time in the innings. 529/5

131.1 R Kleinveldt to Wade, Comes around the wicket and bowls it on a good length outside off, Wade lets it through. 528/5

131.6 P Siddle to Rudolph, Just short of a length on middle and off. Rudolph stands tall and tucks it away with his wrists to the on side for one to retain strike. 393/5

131.5 P Siddle to Rudolph, A good length ball on middle and off. Rudolph defends it to the covers from within the crease. 392/5

131.4 P Siddle to J Rudolph, Full delivery on off stump. Rudolph drives it to mid off. 392/5

131.3 P Siddle to Rudolph, Leaves this length delivery angled across him all alone allowing it to meet the keeper's gloves. 392/5

131.2 P Siddle to Rudolph, Well bowled! Pitched on middle and off on a length, the ball moves slightly away. Rudolph watches it well and defends it off his back foot. Good cricket. 392/5

131.1 P Siddle to Rudolph, On a length on the pads. Rudolph whips it away to deep square leg for a couple. 392/5

Rory Kleinveldt comes in to the attack. He has bowled a lot of no balls in this innings. 11 to be precise.

130.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Just back of a length on off. Clarke defends it to the off side off his back foot. 528/5

130.5 M Morkel to Wade, Angles it into Wade. He pushes it into a tiny gap on the off side and charges through for a quick single to get off the mark. 528/5

130.4 M Morkel to Wade, Morkel comes around the wicket and pushes it wide outside off. Wade lets it through. 527/5

130.3 M Morkel to M Wade, Morkel angles it across Wade who has a push at it outside the off stump. He gets and edge and the ball drops just short of Smith at first slip. 527/5

130.2 M Morkel to Wade, Good length ball coming in. Wade gets behind it and taps it calmly down to the off side. 527/5

Matthew Wade walks in at 7.

130.1 M Morkel to Hussey, OUT! Hussey has perished! Fullish delivery outside off. Hussey plays an uppish cover drive straight to Faf du Plessis at extra cover who takes it at a low height, but very comfortable. Hussey's brisk innings comes to an end. Morkel had troubled him quite a lot last evening and today morning. He finally gets his man. 527/5

Siddle to take over from Pattinson now. What can he do?

130.6 N Lyon to Philander, Tossed up invitingly. Philander takes the bait and lofts it high over mid off. The ball lands safe and doesn't have the legs to travel any further. The slow outfield adds to the misery of the ball which stops dead on the turf. They run two. 390/5

130.5 N Lyon to Philander, Defends this from within the crease back to the bowler. 388/5

130.4 N Lyon to Philander, On a length on middle. Philander turns it away to the on side. 388/5

130.3 N Lyon to Rudolph, Pushed away to the covers off his back foot for a single. 388/5

130.2 N Lyon to Rudolph, Flighted up on middle. Rudolph comes forward and defends it to the off side. 387/5

130.1 N Lyon to Rudolph, Bowls it really slow on leg and spins it away. Rudolph tries to turn it away to the leg side but is hit high on his pads. 387/5

129.6 V Philander to Clarke, Similar defensive shot to a similar length delivery. No run. Australia lead by 77 now. 527/4

129.5 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball just outside off. Clarke pushes it quietly to the covers. 527/4

Hussey has played another one of his good knocks to get to his 17th Test hundred and his second against the Proteas. This innings from him will probably be over shadowed by Clarke's double century and Cowan's first hundred. However, he provided ample support to Clarke after he came in, not allowing the Proteas to make any further inroads after Cowan's departure.

129.4 V Philander to Hussey, Hussey taps this length ball past point and hurries for a quick single. Clarke runs hard as there is a shy at the striker's end. He completes it in the end as the throw doesn't hit the stumps. 527/4

129.3 V Philander to M Hussey, NOT OUT! It is bowled on a length and comes back in. Hussey is late on the flick and misses the ball as it thuds into his pads. The Proteas go up in appeal. Bowden turns it down and Smith wants him to go upstairs. Hot spots show an inside edge and Hussey is safe. His heart must have been pounding there as he sits on 99. 526/4

The Proteas ask for a review for Hussey's wicket.

129.2 V Philander to Clarke, Back of a length ball outside off and Clarke pushes it into the gap in the covers for a single. Hussey is back on strike, on 99. 526/4

129.1 V Philander to Hussey, Full delivery angled across Hussey. He comes forward and drives it through the covers uppishly and safely. The ball dies down as it reaches the ropes and the batsmen take three. 525/4

129.6 J Pattinson to Philander, Wastes this ball by bowling it way outside off. Philander is not bothered at all to play at it. 387/5

129.5 J Pattinson to Philander, Leaves it alone outside the off stump. Good leave. 387/5

129.4 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Good fielding by Siddle! Full on off stump. Rudolph plays an elegant drive to wide mid off. The ball races to the boundary as Siddle gets there just about in time to pull it back in with a dive. Three runs taken. 387/5

129.3 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Pitched further up just outside the off stump. Rudolph plays a well timed cover drive but straight to the cover fielder. 384/5

129.2 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Pushes it fuller this time on off. Rudolph maintains the same feet position and defends it tot he covers this time. 384/5

129.1 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Good length ball on off. Rudolph stays back and defends it to mid off. 384/5

128.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Length ball comes in after pitching just outside off. Clarke taps it down to gully. Can't find the gap. 522/4

128.5 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length ball on off. Clarke watches it on to the bat and defends it back to the bowler. 522/4

Morkel holds back the delivery as he approaches the crease.

128.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Good length ball outside off. Hussey opens the face and guides it behind point for a well places three. 522/4

128.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Back of a length on off pushing Hussey back. He pushes it well off his back foot besides the pitch on the off side. 519/4

128.2 M Morkel to Hussey, Plays a good looking drives straight to extra cover where the dive helps in conceding no run. 519/4

128.1 M Morkel to Hussey, Back of a length ball just outside off. Hussey leaves it alone. 519/4

128.6 N Lyon to Philander, Slower through the air as the ball pitched outside off and turned in sharply. Philander stayed back and tried to block. The ball took the inside edge and flew past forward short leg. 384/5

128.5 N Lyon to Philander, Flighted on off. Defended off the front foot back to Lyon. 384/5

128.4 N Lyon to Philander, Length ball spinning in on middle and leg. Philander turns it to the leg side. 384/5

128.3 N Lyon to Rudolph, Enough of blocking! Flighted up on middle. Rudolph plays a hard drive past the bowler. The ball has been pulled back before the boundary and they take three. 384/5

128.2 N Lyon to Rudolph, Another one tossed up on off. Rudolph blocks it again off his front foot. 381/5

128.1 N Lyon to Rudolph, Tossed up on off. Blocked off the front foot. 381/5

127.6 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on off. Clarke stays back and gets behind it to push it to the covers off his back foot. 519/4

127.5 V Philander to Clarke, Short of a good length ball just outside off. Clarke opens the face of the bat and pats it behind point for a couple. 519/4

127.4 V Philander to Clarke, Pitches it shorter and outside off. Clarke is rooted to his crease as he tries to cut and misses. 517/4

127.3 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on off and swinging away. Clarke has a prod at it outside his off stump and the movement beats him. 517/4

127.2 V Philander to M Clarke, Pitched up just outside off and Clarke drives it well to mid off. 517/4

127.1 V Philander to Clarke, Fuller length ball outside off. Clarke comes forward and pushes it to the covers. 517/4

Lyon is about to come around the wicket now to Rudolph.

127.6 J Pattinson to Philander, Hits it into the deck on a length just outside off. Philander shoulders arms to it. Can Pattinson skittle through the lower order here? 381/5

127.5 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Better length this time on off. Rudolph moves across and tucks it away to the leg side for one. 381/5

127.4 J Pattinson to Rudolph, A bouncer angles across now. Rudolph stays inside the line and lets it go to the keeper. 380/5

127.3 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Full delivery just outside off. Rudolph plays a good drive to mid off. No run though. 380/5

127.2 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Another short of a length ball angles across Rudolph who lets it go through. 380/5

127.1 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Just back of a length outside off. Rudolph plays it off his back foot to point. 380/5

126.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Hits his shoulder this time with a spicy bouncer. They take a leg bye though. 517/4

126.5 M Morkel to Clarke, OUCH! Good delivery, spits up off a length as Clarke is late on it and gets hit on his ribs. He looks in considerable pain out there. Morkel bent his back on this one for sure. He did not like the last boundary I reckon. 516/4

Clarke passes Cook's score of 235 to get the highest individual Test score at the venue.

126.4 Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Slammed! Pitched up on off and Clarke hammers it back down the ground very authoritatively. 516/4

126.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Just outside off and back of a length. Clarke stays back and hits it straight to point. 512/4

126.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Defends this length ball by getting right behind the line of it into the off side. 512/4

126.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Bangs it in on off and bounces away past Clarke's pull shot which he misses. The ball doesn't get up high enough and passes just over the off stump. 512/4

126.6 N Lyon to Philander, Plays a flick which goes straight to mid-wicket. 380/5

126.5 N Lyon to Philander, Blocks this one just outside the off stump back to the bowler. 380/5

126.4 N Lyon to Philander, Slow and spinning down the pads. Philander gets some bat on to it as it goes down towards fine leg for a couple. He is off the mark. 380/5

126.3 N Lyon to Rudolph, Slow and on a length on off. Rudolph blocks it off the back foot to the covers for a single. 378/5

126.2 N Lyon to Rudolph, Defends this off the front foot onto the off side. 377/5

126.1 N Lyon to Rudolph, Fullish outside off. Rudolph drives it to the cover fielder. 377/5

125.6 V Philander to Hussey, Defends this off the back foot into the covers with an angled bat. 512/4

125.5 V Philander to M Hussey, FOUR! Class written all over it! Hussey leans into the ball as it it pitched up outside off and pierces the gap between mid off and extra cover, to the boundary. He moves into the nineties. 512/4

125.4 V Philander to Hussey, Hussey stays back and watches it go through past him outside the off stump. 508/4

125.3 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball just outside off. Clarke comes forward and drives it on the up past extra cover for three. He is middling almost everything out there. 508/4

125.2 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke plays this length ball on off back to Philander. 505/4

125.1 V Philander to Clarke, Pitched up on off stump. Clarke tries to power it down the ground but mis-times and finds mid on. 505/4

125.6 J Pattinson to Philander, Pitched up on middle and off. Philander defends it back on to the pitch from the crease. No footwork there at all. 377/5

Vernon Philander comes in to bat next.

125.5 J Pattinson to Villiers, OUT! de Villiers perishes here! Short of a length ball outside off. de Villiers cuts this off the middle of his bat to point. Warner there plucks an excellent catch at a tough height out of thin air to get rid of him for 40. Pattinson picks up his third. South Africa might collapse here. Two quick wickets for the Aussies after the break. That is what the doctor ordered for them. 377/5

This is the last recognized batting pair for the Proteas as Duminy is out of this Test due to his Achilles injury.

125.4 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Full delivery just outside off. Rudolph gets half forward and drives it to the covers for a single. 377/4

125.3 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Another one angles across Rudolph. Third one left alone on the trot. Pattinson should get his line right and make him play rather than shoulder arms. 376/4

125.2 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Leaves this length ball outside off alone. 376/4

125.1 J Pattinson to Rudolph, Angles it across Rudolph on a fullish length. Rudolph leaves it alone. Rudolph had a good CLT20 for the Titans. Scored some handy runs. This is Test cricket though. 376/4

124.6 M Morkel to Hussey, Pushes it wider outside off, fullish too. Hussey is tempted to drive and he misses as he flays the bat at it. 505/4

124.5 M Morkel to Hussey, Back of a length ball just outside off. Hussey lets it through. 505/4

124.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Bowls it tighter towards off stump. Hussey watches it on to the bat and defends it to the covers. 505/4

124.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Back of a length just outside off. Hussey leaves it alone. 505/4

124.2 M Morkel to Hussey, Hussey comes forward and plays a defensive push past a diving gully. The ball goes through and they take a couple. 505/4

124.1 M Morkel to Hussey, Bowls it on a full length wide of off stump. Hussey comes forward and lets it through. 503/4

124.6 N Lyon to Rudolph, Bowls it slower through the air on the pads. Tucked away to the leg side for a single to get off the mark. 376/4

A close in fielder comes up for the new batsman. Silly point that is!

124.5 N Lyon to Villiers, Full and quick on middle. de Viliers plays it back with a straight bat and just about evades Lyon's hands. They take a single to get Rudolph on strike for the first time. 375/4

124.4 N Lyon to Villiers, On the pads. Turned away to the leg side for no run. 374/4

124.3 N Lyon to Villiers, Defends this with a straight back to Lyon. 374/4

124.2 N Lyon to Villiers, Turns this full delivery to mid-wicket. No run. 374/4

124.1 N Lyon to Villiers, Lyon bowls it full from around the wicket. de Villiers defends it to the off side. 374/4

123.6 V Philander to Clarke, Another one in line with the stumps on a good length. Clarke gets behind it and plays it to mid off. 503/4

123.5 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on the off stick. Clarke defends it back to the bowler with a straight bat. 503/4

123.4 V Philander to Clarke, Play and miss! Bowls it in the channel and gets it to move away ever so slightly. Clarke comes forward and tries to defend but misses. 503/4

123.3 V Philander to Clarke, Plays a defensive stroke from within the crease back to the bowler. 503/4

123.2 V Philander to Clarke, Plays a cracking drive straight to extra cover. Couldn't find the gap. 503/4

123.1 V Philander to Hussey, Back of a length ball on middle and off. Hussey tries to tap it down with a closed face back on to the pitch. The ball jars into his pads as he is hurried into the shot. They run a leg bye. 503/4

Jacques Rudolph comes to bat.

123.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, OUT! Stunner! Bowls it just back of a good length. Kallis stayed back and tries to guide it between gully and second slip. Alas! He hit it just to the left of Quiney who has done well at gully throughout this innings and continues it with a fine catch on the dive. A wonderful innings by king Kallis comes to an end just three short of 150. 374/4

123.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, Bangs it in short. Kallis ducks under it with ease. There did not seem to be any zip in that bouncer. 374/3

123.4 J Pattinson to Kallis, Pitched up just outside off. Kallis defends it to the covers. No run. 374/3

123.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, Shoulders arms to it as Pattinson bowls this just outside off stump back on of a length. 374/3

123.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, Length ball on middle. Kallis whips it to deep mid-wicket with a good wristy shot for a couple. Leg stump was visible as he hit it. If he missed, it would have been a huge shout for sure. 374/3

123.1 J Pattinson to Kallis, Bowled on a good length and just outside off. Kallis gets across and defends it back on to the wicket. 372/3

The 200 run partnership comes up between the pair. It is the second of the Aussie innings after Clarke featured in the first with Cowan. The boundary brings up the 500 of the innings too.

122.6 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Pitched up outside off. Clarke leans in and drives it beating mid off as the ball rolls to the boundary. 502/4

122.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Shortish on middle. Clarke stays back and pulls it in front of fine leg for a couple. 498/4

122.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Comes in with the angle on a length just outside off. Hussey defends it with soft hands to mid off and takes off for a quick single. 496/4

122.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Hussey is beaten as Morkel comes around the wicket and bowls it on a good length just outside off stump. Hussey tried to play a cover drive there. 495/4

122.2 M Morkel to Clarke, On the pads on a length. Clarke leans in and flicks it to the on side for one. 495/4

122.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length ball outside off. Clarke sees the width and tries to cut hard. But, he misses. 494/4

122.6 N Lyon to Kallis, Lyon gets a good hand to it as Kallis cracks this full ball straight back. Deep mid off comes across and keeps it to one. That had a boundary written all over it. Seven off that over. 372/3

122.5 N Lyon to Villiers, Uses the depth of the crease to good effect and tucks it away to fine leg for one. 371/3

122.4 N Lyon to Villiers, Full and quicker. de Villiers defends it off his front foot. 370/3

122.3 N Lyon to Kallis, Slow and on a length, Kallis tucks it away to square leg for a single. 370/3

122.2 N Lyon to J Kallis, FOUR! Full on the off stump. Kallis drives it past mid off and into the boundary. That was hit hard. 369/3

122.1 N Lyon to Kallis, Slow and full on off. Flicked to mid-wicket. Ponting dives and makes a cracking stop with his dive. 365/3

Morne Morkel will bowl from the other end to Michael Clarke.

121.6 V Philander to Clarke, Back of a length on middle on 128.7 kph and leg. Clarke plays a back foot punchy drive through the on side for three. Good start for Pup. 494/4

121.5 V Philander to M Clarke, Just back of a length on middle. The ball holds the line and comes in with the initial angle. Clarke tries to defend and gets an inside edge on to his pads as it rolls down to the off side. 491/4

121.4 V Philander to Clarke, Fullish on the off stump. Clarke gets forward and defends it off his front foot. 491/4

121.3 V Philander to Clarke, FOUR! Smashed away! Shortish with width outside off. Clarke stays back and slaps it in front of point for the first boundary of the day. 491/4

121.2 V Philander to Clarke, A good length ball just outside off. Clarke punches this one again to the covers off the front foot. 487/4

121.1 V Philander to Clarke, Back of a length just outside off. Clarke punches it to the covers. 487/4

121.6 J Pattinson to Villiers, Good length ball on middle. de Villiers plays it straight to mid on with a straight bat. 365/3

121.5 J Pattinson to Villiers, FOUR! Beautiful! Strays on the pads. de Villiers flicks it by getting into a good position to the square leg boundary. So, first boundary after the break. Signs of attack? We will know shortly. 365/3

121.4 J Pattinson to Villiers, Straight and on a good length. de Villiers defends it off his front foot back to mid on. 361/3

121.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, Fullish on the pads of Kallis. He tucks it away to fine leg for one. 361/3

121.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, Bouncer on middle and leg. That will erase any stiffness off Kallis after the break as he ducks under it. 360/3

Some saw dust being put on the bowling crease where the bowler will land his foot.

121.1 J Pattinson to Villiers, On the pads, de Villiers tucks it through mid-wicket for a single. 360/3

The South Africans are on the field and ready to go as the two Michaels, Clarke and Hussey walk out to the middle. Clarke will face the first ball of the day from Vernon Philander

The teams are going through their final warm up vigorously and play should be underway anytime now. Clarke is close to beating the highest individual Test score at the Gabba, 235 by Alastair Cook during the Ashes in 2010.

When the Proteas are put in, their primary aim will be to play safe and not concede the match to the hosts. We will find out shortly what course this match takes as we wait for play to start.

They might look to bat for an hour or two and amass a lead of around 150 or a little more, after which their bowlers should go all out at the Protea batsmen. The pitch hasn't shown any wear and tear in spite of a rough patch on either ends for the left hander, as we progress into the final day of play and will play true mostly.

Hello and welcome to the final day of the Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba. The current situation doesn't see either team with a chance of victory yet. However, Australia have a slight upper hand with a slim lead which they will try to increase in the first session for sure.

Do join us for the coverage of the last day's play and hope that it would be an exciting day of cricket rather than a boring one. Have a nice day ahead!

It looks like it is going to be a draw tomorrow. It would require a miracle from the Aussies if they get a quick lead and put the Proteas in after which they will need to pick up quick wickets to have any chance of forcing a result. South Africa were outplayed today and will hope for a better showing come day 5.

Cowan played a memorable innings, scoring his maiden Test century. He was run out freakishly on 136. Clarke continued to stay on and scored his third double century to end on 210 not out. Hussey joined in the party by remaining on 86 at stumps.

It has been Australia all day long on day 4. They stole the show away from the South African bowlers by miles as they have put up 487/4 being 37 runs ahead. The Proteas manages to pick up just one wicket in the entire day and leaked out a lot of runs in the last hour of play today.

120.6 D Steyn to Hussey, FOUR! Cheeky! Fullish on off stump. Hussey opens the face by getting close to the ball and guides it through the slip cordon for a measured boundary to end the day's play. 487/4

120.5 D Steyn to Hussey, Short ball angling in. Hussey misses his pull, surprisingly. The ball goes down the leg side to AB de Villiers. 483/4

120.4 D Steyn to Hussey, Shoulders arms to this length ball outside off watchfully. 483/4

120.3 D Steyn to Hussey, Defended off the back foot to mid off. 483/4

120.2 D Steyn to Hussey, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 483/4

120.1 D Steyn to M Hussey, Fullish outside off. Hussey drives it to mid off. 483/4

Pattinson to bowl from the other end.

120.6 N Lyon to Kallis, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. 359/3

120.5 N Lyon to Kallis, Defends it off the full face of the bat on to the back foot. 359/3

120.4 N Lyon to Villiers, Another flick for a single. 359/3

120.3 N Lyon to Kallis, Nudges this through square leg for a single. 358/3

120.2 N Lyon to Kallis, Driven back to Lyon this time. 357/3

120.1 N Lyon to J Kallis, Outside off, 85.4 kph, pushed straight to cover. 357/3

Clarke becomes the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in this calendar year, in 7 matches in 11 innings.

119.6 A Petersen to M Clarke, The batsman has driven it through mid-off. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 483/4

119.5 A Petersen to Clarke, On the pads. Clarke tucks it away past the keeper on the leg side for a couple again. 481/4

119.4 A Petersen to Clarke, FOUR! Smashed back! Jumps out again and hits it past a diving mid off for a four. 479/4

119.3 A Petersen to Clarke, Clarke chips down the track and hits it straight to mid on. 475/4

119.2 A Petersen to Clarke, Stays back and punches this short ball to deep cover for a couple. 475/4

119.1 A Petersen to Clarke, Clarke backs away to this shortish ball and tries to cut. Misses it though. 473/4

Welcome back. Kallis and de Villiers walk out to the middle. Nathan Lyon has got the ball in his hand. Kallis to face. Here we go then...

Day 3, session 2...

The Aussies have not allowed the scoring rate to flow alarmingly but the game is drifting away nevertheless. Nothing much they can do, except hope for the Proteas to gift their wickets away. The visitors, on the other hand, will aim for some quick runs and take the score past 450 in this session, so that they can declare an hour post Tea. Join us back at 0240 GMT (0810 IST) for the second session.

The Aussies finally managed to get rid of Amla but even that was a lucky break as replays showed that had Amla taken the review, he would have been saved. Kallis is looking as solid as ever while de Villiers is keeping the bowlers at bay. Clearly the Aussies are missing Shane Watson's cutters and his ability to break partnerships.

Session number 4 in a row for the Proteas. 102/1 in 38 overs. They started off nicely, getting quick runs but slowed down towards the end.

119.6 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Back of a length outside off, 113.1 kph, Kallis goes back and punches it through the covers for a single. LUNCH ON DAY 3! 357/3

119.5 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Landed outside off, 117.8 kph, left alone. 356/3

119.4 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Goes back and defends it solidly. 356/3

119.3 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Full and wide outside off, 117.4 kph, Kallis reaches out and drives it behind point for a couple. 356/3

119.2 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Full outside off, 116.6 kph, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 354/3

119.1 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Back of a length outside off, 113.4 kph, punched elegantly towards short cover. 354/3

118.6 D Steyn to Hussey, Tight line on off. Hussey defends it to the off side. 473/4

118.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Short of a length delivery outside off. Clarke punches it to deep cover for one. 473/4

118.4 D Steyn to Clarke, FOUR! Raced away! Short and wide from Steyn. Clarke cuts it between point and gully. The ball speeds away to the boundary. 472/4

118.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Cracking stroke off the back foot. Punches it away past the cover fielder for a couple. 468/4

118.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Full ball just outside off. Clarke shoulders arms to it. The run rate is quite close to four an over now as this partnership is on 167 of 205 balls. 466/4

118.1 D Steyn to Hussey, Hussey plays a good looking drive past the cover fielder for a single. 466/4

Robert Quiney to bowl the final over before Lunch. 6-3-7-0 so far. Replaces Clarke.

118.6 N Lyon to Villiers, Full on off, 92.8 kph, de Villiers reaches out to block. 354/3

118.5 N Lyon to Villiers, Goes back and works it straight to square leg. 354/3

118.4 N Lyon to Villiers, Full outside off, 98.1 kph, pushed straight to mid off. 354/3

118.3 N Lyon to Villiers, Landed outside off, 86.8 kph, de Villiers lunges out to block. 354/3

118.2 N Lyon to Villiers, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 354/3

118.1 N Lyon to Villiers, Full on middle, 86.5 kph, flicked towards short mid-wicket. 354/3

117.6 A Petersen to Hussey, Threads this full delivery outside off through the covers for three. 465/4

117.5 A Petersen to Hussey, Defends this ball down to point. 462/4

117.4 A Petersen to Hussey, Defends this off the back foot into the covers. 462/4

117.3 A Petersen to Clarke, Driven towards the mid-on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 462/4

117.2 A Petersen to Hussey, Sweeps this down to square leg for an easy single. He is inching towards his hundred as well. 461/4

117.1 A Petersen to M Hussey, Short and wide. Hussey cuts it away behind point for a couple. 460/4

117.6 M Clarke to Kallis, Slow flight and turn on middle, 84.5 kph, King Kallis defends. 354/3

117.5 M Clarke to Kallis, Short outside off, extra bounce, cut towards point. 354/3

117.4 M Clarke to Kallis, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 354/3

117.3 M Clarke to J Kallis, Brilliant from Warner again. Tossed up outside off, 83.5 kph, Kallis drives this beautifully through the covers but Warner makes a brilliant stop. 354/3

117.2 M Clarke to Kallis, FOUR! Uppish but safe. Flighted delivery on middle, 81.7 kph, Kallis comes forward and flicks this aerially but well wide of mid on for a boundary. 354/3

117.1 M Clarke to Kallis, Landed outside off, watchfully defended. 350/3

116.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Stays in the crease and smashed this one straight to the cover fielder. A good shot for nothing. 458/4

116.5 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length ball on off. Clarke defends it to the off side off the back foot. 458/4

116.4 D Steyn to Clarke, Short of a length ball just outside off. Left alone. 458/4

There is some stoppage in play. The landing area at the crease for the bowler has gone into the earth it seems. Steyn complains and a ground staff comes out to level it out.

116.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Defends this one off the back foot to the off side. 458/4

Clarke gets to his second double hundred. He has one triple century and now two doubles. This marathon effort has saved the match for his team. He raises his bat to the crowd and looks very satisfied. His strike rate has been commendable, at just under 60.

116.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Drives this straight back past the bowler to take two and bring up the well deserved double century. 458/4

116.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Back of a length ball outside off. Clarke lets it through. 456/4

Michael Clarke to bowl now. Replaces Siddle. Interestingly, it appeared as if Clarke had a chat with Ponting and asked the latter will he bowl. Obviously he got a negative answer.

116.6 N Lyon to Kallis, Outside off, 85.6 kph, driven through mid on for a run. 350/3

116.5 N Lyon to Kallis, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 349/3

116.4 N Lyon to Villiers, That is an excellent piece of fielding! From the pocket-sized David Warner! Down the leg side, de Villiers works it with the bounce towards fine leg. The ball races away to the ropes but Warner chases it down and pulls the ball back in. Three runs taken. 349/3

116.3 N Lyon to Villiers, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 346/3

116.2 Lyon to Villiers, An LBW shout, not given. Pitched on leg, turning in, de Villiers misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be clipping the top of leg stump. 346/3

116.1 N Lyon to Villiers, Flighted outside off, de Villiers lunges out to defend. 346/3

Clarke is two away from his double hundred as Steyn comes to bowl.

115.6 A Petersen to Hussey, Defends this quietly into the off side. 456/4

115.5 A Petersen to Clarke, Turns this one to square leg for a quick single. 456/4

115.4 A Petersen to Hussey, Short and cut away to point. Steyn mis-fields and they take a single. 455/4

115.3 A Petersen to Hussey, Full and on the off stick. Defended off the front foot. 454/4

115.2 A Petersen to Clarke, Tucked away down to the leg side for one. 454/4

115.1 A Petersen to Clarke, Slow on the middle. Played away down to the on side. 453/4

115.6 P Siddle to Kallis, Back of a length on middle, Kallis jumps to push it towards mid on. 346/3

115.5 P Siddle to Kallis, Slightly wider outside off, 137.2 kph, shouldered arms to. 346/3

115.4 P Siddle to Kallis, Another shorter ball, much well directed, 130.3 kph, Kallis ducks underneath it. 346/3

115.3 P Siddle to Kallis, Down the leg side, short in length, 135.1 kph, Kallis hops across to flick but misses. 346/3

115.2 P Siddle to Kallis, No swing on this occasion, on a length outside off, left alone. 346/3

115.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Full on off, 135.5 kph, swinging in just a tinge, Kallis drives it down the ground but a straightish mid on ensures that there is no run scored. 346/3

Alviro Petersen into the attack.

114.6 M Morkel to Hussey, Plays a lovely drive straight to short extra cover on the up. 453/4

114.5 M Morkel to Hussey, Defended from within the crease of the off side. 453/4

114.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Length ball just outside off. Hussey leaves it alone. 453/4

114.3 M Morkel to M Hussey, FOUR! Similar shot but different area! Good length outside off. Hussey tries to drive again but find the edge to the third man fence. They have got past the South African total now. 453/4

114.2 M Morkel to Hussey, FOUR! Awesome! Full outside off. Hussey leans forward to this full delivery and drives in his typical fashion to the cover boundary. 449/4

114.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Shortish outside off. Clarke arches back and guides it past a diving gully. Amla runs across from deep point and stops it just inside the ropes at third man. They run three. 445/4

114.6 N Lyon to Kallis, Landed outside off, clipped wide of mid-wicket again for one. 346/3

114.5 N Lyon to Villiers, Gets it past mid-wicket this time for a run. 345/3

114.4 N Lyon to Villiers, Almost a yorker length ball on middle, 88.8 kph, jabbed towards short mid-wicket. 344/3

114.3 N Lyon to Villiers, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 344/3

114.2 N Lyon to Kallis, That is irritating for the bowler. He bowls a good line and middle and leg but Kallis calmly gets across and flicks it towards short fine leg for a single. 344/3

114.1 N Lyon to Kallis, Full on middle, 89 kph, flicked towards square leg. 343/3

113.6 V Philander to Hussey, Length ball just outside off. Defended to the off side off the back foot. Just 8 behind now. 442/4

113.5 V Philander to Hussey, Fuller on off. Hussey comes forward and defends off the front foot. 442/4

113.4 V Philander to Hussey, Similar length ball just outside off. Hussey defends it off the back foot. 442/4

113.3 V Philander to Hussey, Tight! On a length on off stump. Hussey defends it watchfully from within the crease. 442/4

113.2 V Philander to Clarke, Short of a length outside off. Clarke cuts it away to deep point for one. 442/4

113.1 V Philander to Clarke, Hussey shoulders arms to this back of a length ball outside off. 441/4

113.6 P Siddle to Villiers, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 343/3

Now, this is interesting and funny. The on-air commentators asked a question about the first bowler to take 50 Test wickets at the Gabba. Different names came out, McDermott, Lillee, etc... Glenn McGrath, who was also commenting, felt that it would be Shane Warne. And the answer came out as - Glenn McGrath. The commentators were howling with laughter.

113.5 P Siddle to Villiers, Slower delivery, full outside off, left alone. 343/3

113.4 P Siddle to Villiers, Full outside off, 137.3 kph, pushed towards mid off. 343/3

113.3 P Siddle to de Villiers, That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. 343/3

113.2 P Siddle to Villiers, Back of a length delivery outside off, 135.1 kph, de Villiers pushes it towards mid off. 343/3

113.1 P Siddle to Villiers, Full outside off, de Villiers leans and shoulders his arms. 343/3

112.6 M Morkel to Hussey, FOUR! Very pendulum like over! It swung the bowler's way at first and then Hussey's later. Short and on the body. Hussey swivels and pulls it away behind square for a superb boundary. He has the last laugh. 441/4

112.5 M Morkel to Hussey, And Morkel bounces back now. The story remains the same, just like the first three balls of this over. 437/4

112.4 M Morkel to Hussey, FOUR! And Hussey replies with a boundary! Full outside off and Hussey leans into it to pull out a classical cover drive to the boundary. 437/4

112.3 M Morkel to Hussey, A hat trick of play and misses. Similar length and similar movement. Hussey puts his bat out again and is comprehensively beaten. 433/4

112.2 M Morkel to Hussey, Good length ball on off stump. This time it rises after pitching and surprises Hussey as he is beaten yet again. 433/4

112.1 M Morkel to Hussey, Beats the bat! Angles it in and gets it to move away slightly. Hussey is forced to play but misses. 433/4

112.6 N Lyon to Kallis, Works it wide of mid-wicket this time but Ponting gets to the ball quickly and averts the single. 343/3

112.5 N Lyon to Kallis, Outside off, Kallis comes forward and pushes it towards Ricky Ponting at silly mid on who fires the throw back to the keeper. 343/3

112.4 N Lyon to Kallis, A quicker delivery outside off, Kallis strides forward to block it out. 343/3

112.3 N Lyon to Kallis, Tossed up again, Kallis leans and pushes it back to Lyon again. 343/3

112.2 N Lyon to Kallis, Full outside off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 343/3

112.1 N Lyon to Kallis, Landed outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 343/3

111.6 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on off. Clarke defends it off the back foot. 433/4

111.5 V Philander to Clarke, Fuller outside off stump. Clarke defends off the front foot. 433/4

111.4 V Philander to Clarke, FOUR! Deft! Back of a length just outside off. Clarke opens the face of the bat at the last second and guides it past the slips and into the boundary. 433/4

111.3 V Philander to Clarke, Pitched up outside off. Clarke gets forward, covers the swing and defends it to the off side. 429/4

111.2 V Philander to Clarke, Short of a good length outside off. Clarke punches it to the covers. 429/4

111.1 V Philander to Clarke, FOUR! Strayed and punished! On the pads down the leg side. Clarke helps it away to the fine leg boundary and beats the fielder down there. 429/4

111.6 P Siddle to Villiers, Slightly wider outside off, not played at. 343/3

111.5 P Siddle to Villiers, Short outside off, hits the deck hard, bounces high, de Villiers plays it with one hand to the off side. 343/3

111.4 P Siddle to Villiers, That is the third leave on the trot outside off, if my math is correct. 343/3

111.3 P Siddle to Villiers, Another leave outside the off stump. 343/3

111.2 P Siddle to Villiers, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 343/3

111.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Good length delivery outside off, a bit of bounce, Kallis gets across and pushes it towards mid-wicket for a single. 343/3

Philander comes back on into the attack.

110.6 M Morkel to Hussey, FOUR! Full and outside off. Hussey goes for the drive and finds the edge past gully and into the boundary. 425/4

110.5 M Morkel to Hussey, Short ball outside off. Hussey misses the cut shot. It was indeed on. 421/4

110.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 421/4

110.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Bowled it short on the ribs. Clarke tucks it away to the leg side for a couple. 420/4

110.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Down the leg side and Clarke misses his flick as the ball goes down to the keeper. 418/4

110.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Good length ball outside off. Clarke misses his shot as he tries to cut it to point. 418/4

110.6 N Lyon to Villiers, Landed outside off, 88.4 kph, pushed towards cover. 342/3

110.5 N Lyon to Villiers, FOUR! Flighted outside off, 85.5 kph, de Villiers flicks it with ease over mid-wicket and finds the boundary. 342/3

110.4 N Lyon to Villiers, Gets across and whips it straight to short mid-wicket. 338/3

110.3 N Lyon to Villiers, Flicks it straight to square leg. 338/3

110.2 N Lyon to Kallis, Short on middle, Kallis goes for the pull, miscues but instead of the fielder it finds the umpire Asad Rauf at square leg. He gets down and the ball goes over his head to the man in the deep. Just the single. 338/3

110.1 N Lyon to Kallis, Full outside off, driven back to the bowler. 337/3

109.6 H Amla to Clarke, Full and Clarke chips down to the pitch of the ball and drives it to long on for one. 418/4

109.5 H Amla to Hussey, Straight and on the pads. Tucked away to the on side for one. 417/4

109.4 H Amla to Hussey, Flighted ball on off. Defends it back to the bowler. 416/4

109.3 H Amla to Clarke, Short again outside off. Clarke cuts it past the cover fielder for three. Philander gets a foot to the ball just inside the ropes. 416/4

109.2 H Amla to Clarke, Comes down the track to this shortish ball and defends it cleanly back to the bowler. 413/4

109.1 H Amla to Hussey, Flighted up on the leg stump. Hussey turns it to the leg side for one. 413/4

109.6 P Siddle to Villiers, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 337/3

109.5 P Siddle to Villiers, Outside off, left alone. 337/3

109.4 P Siddle to Villiers, FOUR! Fine shot! Frustration from Siddle as he bowls this a bit loose, slightly short outside off, 134.9 kph, de Villiers rocks back and punches it through the covers. Really, this is sub-standard bowling at not the world's greatest pace. Dealt with disdain. 50-STAND IS UP AS WELL. 337/3

109.3 P Siddle to Villiers, Huge appeal for LBW, turned down. Pitched on a good length outside off, 134.6 kph, nips back in, de Villiers comes forward but misses and is hit high on the pads. Comfortably missing the leg stump by height and width. 333/3

109.2 P Siddle to Villiers, Back of a length outside off, 133.6 kph, another defense. 333/3

109.1 P Siddle to Villiers, Back of a length delivery outside off, 135 kph, de Villiers gets across to defend. 333/3

108.6 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Straight as an arrow! Full delivery on middle and leg. Clarke plays a beautiful drive past mid on for the second consecutive boundary. 412/4

108.5 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Pierces the gap finally! Full and the drive evades the cover fielder to the boundary. 408/4

108.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length ball on off. Defended off the back foot from within the crease. 404/4

108.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Full on off. Clarke drives it nicely to cover. 404/4

108.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 404/4

108.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Full length delivery, defended off the back foot. 404/4

108.6 N Lyon to Kallis, On middle, 94.8 kph, played towards short mid-wicket. The crowd is keeping itself entertained, clapping for a maiden there. 333/3

108.5 N Lyon to Kallis, Landed outside off, 88.8 kph, driven back to the bowler. 333/3

108.4 N Lyon to Kallis, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 333/3

108.3 N Lyon to Kallis, Fuller, Kallis gets across and flicks it straight to short mid-wicket. 333/3

108.2 N Lyon to Kallis, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 333/3

108.1 N Lyon to Kallis, Flighted outside off, 87.4 kph, watchfully defended. 333/3

A change at the other end as well. Morne Morkel, a regular bowler this time.

107.6 H Amla to Clarke, Shortish outside off. Clarke cuts it to deep point for one. 404/4

107.5 H Amla to Clarke, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 403/4

107.4 H Amla to Clarke, Flighted on off. Clarke pays respect to it by defending it off the front foot back to Amla. 403/4

107.3 H Amla to Hussey, Short on middle and Hussey pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for one. 403/4

107.2 H Amla to Hussey, Bowls it slow on the pads. Hussey gently plays it down the leg side past the keeper. 402/4

107.1 H Amla to Clarke, Short ball on middle and leg. Clarke punches this to long on off his back foot. 402/4

107.6 P Siddle to Villiers, Outside off, 135.1 kph, not played at again. 333/3

107.5 P Siddle to Villiers, Back of a length delivery outside off, 132.5 kph, another defensive shot. 333/3

107.4 P Siddle to Villiers, Full and wide outside off, 134.5 kph, left alone. 333/3

107.3 P Siddle to Villiers, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 333/3

107.2 P Siddle to Kallis, Fuller, on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket. The ball stops inside the ropes and the batsmen take three. 333/3

107.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Good length delivery outside off, 130.8 kph, Kallis defends it back to the bowler. 330/3

Hashim Amla to bowl now. Spin I guess.

106.6 J Kallis to Hussey, Pushed to the covers off his back foot to this length ball just outside off. 401/4

As the on air commentators get back at McGrath when he says that he wants to bat, he gets back at them by saying that Slater and Tubby Taylor got a wicket too in one of the matches they played together in.

106.5 J Kallis to Hussey, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 401/4

106.4 J Kallis to Clarke, A short of a length delivery on off. Clarke slaps it away to deep point for one. 401/4

106.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 400/4

The pair brings up the 100 partnership too now.

Glen McGrath reckons that he would like to get his pads on and go out to bat. Do we want that now? It is already quite boring out there.

106.2 J Kallis to Clarke, FOUR! Helped away! On the pads and Clarke just has to get some bat on to it which he does. The ball goes away to the fine leg fence. 400/4

106.1 J Kallis to Hussey, Full outside off. Hussey drives it powerfully and cover does well to stop it. They take a single nevertheless. 396/4

Peter Siddle is back on. 25-4-85-1 so far. Replaces Pattinson.

106.6 N Lyon to Villiers, Tossed up outside off, de Villiers goes back and defends it solidly. 330/3

106.5 N Lyon to Villiers, Landed outside off, played straight to wide mid on. 330/3

106.4 N Lyon to Kallis, Flighted outside off, Kallis leans and works it behind square leg for a run. 330/3

106.3 N Lyon to Villiers, Turns it behind square leg and takes a quick single. 329/3

106.2 N Lyon to Villiers, Works it towards mid-wicket this time. 328/3

106.1 N Lyon to Villiers, Full outside off, leans and flicks it towards short mid on. 328/3

Mr. Cricket gets to his 29tth 50 in Tests and sixth against the Proteas.

105.6 G Smith to Hussey, Gets to his 50 by slapping this to deep cover for one. 395/4

105.5 G Smith to M Clarke, A bit fuller. Clarke drives it down to long on for one. 394/4

105.4 G Smith to Clarke, Straight on the stumps. Clarke offers a dead straight bat to it. 393/4

105.3 G Smith to Clarke, On the pads and Clarke can't find the gap at square leg. 393/4

105.2 G Smith to Clarke, Short on off and Clarke moves back and away to cut it well through the covers for a couple. 393/4

105.1 G Smith to Clarke, Clarke turns this ball down to the leg side to mid-wicket. 391/4

105.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, Another back foot defense. 328/3

105.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, Outside off, pushed straight to cover. 328/3

105.4 J Pattinson to Kallis, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 328/3

105.3 J Pattinson to J Kallis, FOUR! Another streaky boundary. Who is the bowler? Oh my... not surprising. It is James Pattinson. Full and outside off, 140.3 kph, Kallis is induced into the drive and gets a thick outside edge which flies wide of Ricky Ponting at second slip to third man. 328/3

105.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, Another one lifts off a length, Kallis jumps to keep it down. 324/3

105.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, WIDE. Short ball on middle, 134 kph, Kallis ducks under it. 324/3

105.1 J Pattinson to de Villiers, Full outside off, 136.7 kph, pushed wide of mid off for a single. 323/3

104.6 J Kallis to Hussey, Length ball across Hussey who leaves it alone. He seems to be in the 'nervous 40s' here. 391/4

104.5 J Kallis to Hussey, Fullish on off and driven straight to mid off. 391/4

104.4 J Kallis to Hussey, Lets this through to the keeper as it is bowled on length just outside off. 391/4

104.3 J Kallis to Hussey, Good length ball on off. Hussey defends it from within the crease to the off side. 391/4

104.2 J Kallis to Clarke, Short ball, pulled away by Clarke to fine leg for one. 391/4

104.1 J Kallis to Clarke, Full and wide outside off. Clarke throws his bat at it and drives past cover for a couple. 390/4

104.6 N Lyon to Kallis, Goes back and defends it towards Lyon. 322/3

104.5 N Lyon to Kallis, Landed well outside off, 85.6 kph, de Villiers keeps his bat inside the line. 322/3

104.4 N Lyon to Villiers, Leans and flicks it towards long on. Lyon dives full length to his right but cannot stop it. A single in the end. 322/3

104.3 N Lyon to Villiers, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 321/3

104.2 N Lyon to Kallis, Short outside off, 86.7 kph, Kallis goes back and punches it wide of cover. David Warner chases it down and the batsmen come back for the third. This is now the highest score for Kallis against Australia in Tests! 321/3

104.1 N Lyon to Kallis, Full outside off, 85.5 kph, flicked towards mid on. 318/3

103.6 G Smith to Hussey, Slow and short outside off. Hussey cuts it away to point. 388/4

103.5 G Smith to Clarke, Quicker on the pads. Clarke turns it away past square leg. 388/4

103.4 G Smith to Clarke, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 387/4

103.3 G Smith to Clarke, Tossed up on off. Clarke drives it to mid off. 387/4

103.2 G Smith to M Hussey, Full toss on off. Hussey flicks it past a diving mid on for three. 387/4

103.1 G Smith to Hussey, Slow and wide outside off. Hussey cuts to point for one. 384/4

103.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total. 318/3

103.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, NO BALL! Overstepping there. Full outside off. Kallis drives it straight to mid off. Good looking shot for no run though. 317/3

103.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, A wayward short delivery down the leg side, Kallis ducks under it. 316/3

103.4 J Pattinson to Kallis, Good length delivery outside off, 134.8 kph, pushed towards Michael Hussey at extra cover again. 316/3

103.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, Pushes this towards short extra cover. 316/3

103.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, Back of a length this time, outside off, 138.6 kph, solidly defended towards Pattinson himself. 316/3

103.1 J Pattinson to Kallis, Length ball outside off, 134.9 kph, Kallis comes forward to defend but the ball bounces, takes the inside edge and rams into his pads. A mild appeal for LBW from Pattinson. 316/3

102.6 J Kallis to Clarke, Drives this full delivery to the covers. No single. 384/4

102.5 J Kallis to Clarke, Short of a good length outside off, an off cutter too. Clarke tries to cut and gets a bottom edge. The ball gets chopped on to the pitch. 384/4

102.4 J Kallis to M Clarke, Full on off. Clarke drives it to mid off. 384/4

102.3 J Kallis to Clarke, A good looking straight drive by Clarke past the non-striker. Mid on gets around and dives avoiding the ball from getting through. 384/4

102.2 J Kallis to Clarke, Good length ball on off. Defended to the off side. 384/4

102.1 J Kallis to Clarke, Full delivery outside off stump. Clarke drives it to mid off. 384/4

DRINKS BREAK. In fact, a minute's silence is being observed at the Gabba here as a mark of respect for all the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for their country. Remembrance Day this is, and the play was stopped exactly on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

102.6 N Lyon to Villiers, Flighted outside off, the batsman reaches out to defend. 316/3

102.5 N Lyon to Villiers, Now de Villiers gets across to defend it towards mid-wicket. 316/3

102.4 N Lyon to Kallis, A bit of bounce now. Kallis shuffles across to work it to the leg side but is surprised by the extra bounce. Manages to get it to short fine leg for a quick run. 316/3

102.3 N Lyon to Kallis, Landed outside off, Kallis works it towards square leg. 315/3

102.2 N Lyon to Villiers, This is down the leg side, clipped fine for a single. 315/3

102.1 N Lyon to Villiers, Good start! The straighter one outside off, de Villiers comes forward to defend, playing for the turn but the ball goes straight on to beat the outside edge. A polite inquiry from Matthew Wade to the square leg umpire for a stumping but to no avail. 314/3

The umpires call for the last drinks break of day 4.

101.6 G Smith to Clarke, Cuts this short delivery to the cover boundary where it is pulled back in. They take three. 384/4

101.5 G Smith to Hussey, Short ball going down the leg side. Hussey pulls it to fine leg to pick up a single. 381/4

101.4 G Smith to Hussey, Full and outside off. Hussey gets forward and defends it to point with an open face. 380/4

101.3 G Smith to Clarke, On the leg stump this time. Clarke nudges it to mid-wicket for one. 380/4

101.2 G Smith to Clarke, Clarke stays back to this flat ball on off and blocks it to the off side. 379/4

101.1 G Smith to Hussey, Pushes it flat on off stump. Hussey pushes it to the covers. 379/4

Change of pace now. Nathan Lyon into the attack. 12-0-61-1 so far. Replaces Hilfenhaus.

101.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, Back of a length outside off, 139.1 kph, Kallis goes back to defend but gets a bottom edge down on the pitch. 314/3

101.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, Pushes this back to the bowler. 314/3

101.4 J Pattinson to Kallis, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 314/3

101.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, A sharp bouncer on off, 138.5 kph, Kallis ducks under it. 314/3

101.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, Outside off, 140 kph, left alone. 314/3

101.1 J Pattinson to Kallis, FOUR! Pattinson, better get something to counter your ill luck. Back of a length delivery outside off, 137.5 kph, Kallis goes back to defend but the ball hits the deck, nips back in with extra bounce and takes the outside edge between second slip and gully to third man! 314/3

101.1 J Pattinson to Kallis, NO BALL. Oversteps and bowls a good delivery on a length outside off, is left alone. 310/3

Captain Smith comes back into the attack.

100.6 J Kallis to Clarke, Brings it in off a length. Clarke plays it to mid on with a straight bat. 378/4

100.5 J Kallis to M Hussey, Short of a good length. Hussey puches it through the covers for three. 378/4

100.4 J Kallis to Hussey, Length outside off. Hussey plays it firmly down to mid off. 375/4

100.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Drives this delivery to wide mid off for a single. 375/4

Clarke gets to his fifth 150 in Tests and second against the Proteas.

100.2 J Kallis to Clarke, On the pads, Clarke flicks it away to deep square leg for a well run couple to bring up his 150. 374/4

100.1 J Kallis to Clarke, Short of a length ball on off, played to mid on. 372/4

100.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Villiers, Good length delivery outside off, 131.8 kph, de Villiers gets across and defends it towards mid off. 309/3

100.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, On middle and leg, 133.9 kph, worked towards backward square leg for a run. 309/3

100.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Back of a length outside off, punched graciously towards short cover. 308/3

100.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Excellent delivery, fuller in length outside off, 130.7 kph, comes back in a touch, stays low as well, Kallis looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads and the ball just goes past off stump. 308/3

100.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Villiers, Yorker outside off, 132.8 kph, dug out for a single. 308/3

100.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Villiers, Full and on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple. 307/3

Kallis is the next change in the attack.

99.6 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Angled in from around the wicket. Hussey turns it down to mid on. That is the end of the 100th over of the innings. 372/4

99.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Short ball outside off. Clarke cuts it away to deep point for one. 372/4

99.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Tight on the body of Clarke. He taps it down to the on side sedately. 371/4

99.3 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Length ball on middle. Hussey stays tall and tucks it away to fine leg for one. 371/4

99.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Shortish outside off. Clarke cuts it down to deep point for one. 370/4

The on air commentators are in a race to get on Twitter as some of them don't have an account yet, the yesteryear players, i.e.

99.1 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, On the pads of Hussey. He flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. 369/4

Interesting. Pattinson was about to bowl the seventh ball of the over before umpire Asad Rauf realized that the over had been done and dusted with.

99.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, Bad ball to end the over. Strays on the pads and Kallis helps it away to mid-wicket for a couple. 305/3

99.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, Fuller delivery on off stump. Kallis gets forward and defends it to mid off. 303/3

99.4 J Pattinson to Kallis, Gets behind the line of this one on middle and off and pushes it to the off side. 303/3

99.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, Fuller this time on off, Kallis defends it off his front foot to the off side. 303/3

99.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, How do I describe that? Short ball, banged in well on middle. Kallis goes down on one knee, confused whether to duck or pull. He ends up playing a weird looking swat way after the ball passes his bat. 303/3

99.1 J Pattinson to Kallis, Good length ball on off. Kallis defends it with a straight bat off his back foot. 303/3

98.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Back of a length on middle and off. Clarke closes the face and plays it down to mid on. Not well timed. They trail by 88 now. 368/4

98.5 D Steyn to Hussey, Another tight line on to Hussey's middle stump. He dabs it to the off side with soft hands for a single. 368/4

98.4 D Steyn to Hussey, Tight line coming in with the angle. Hussey stays put and defends it back on to the wicket. 367/4

98.3 D Steyn to Clarke, On the pads. Clarke flicks it away to deep square leg for one. 367/4

98.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Good length ball on off stump. Clarke leaves it alone judging the length perfectly as the ball goes over the off stump. 366/4

98.1 D Steyn to Hussey, Fullish on off. Hussey pushes it to point for one. 366/4

Pattinson comes on to bowl.

98.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Villiers, Hilfenhaus finally provides a twist in the story. Good length on off this time. The ball moves away late and beats de Viller's defensive stroke. 303/3

98.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Villiers, Similar story in this over so far. Defended off the back foot. 303/3

98.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Villiers, AB gets behind the line of this one and defends it well to the off side. 303/3

98.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Villiers, No trouble for de Villiers at all. He does the same thing he has done in the last two balls. Defends it off his back foot. Hilfy persistent with his length, just back of a good one. 303/3

98.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Villiers, Another length delivery just outside off and another easy defensive push by de Villiers to point. 303/3

98.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Villiers, Length ball just outside off. de Villiers comes across and defends it to point. Hifly needs to pitch it up and allow the ball to swing. 303/3

We are seeing a boring period of play here. The Aussie pair is not getting on with it and the South Africans are not looking dangerous enough to pick up wickets either.

97.6 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Comes in with the angle off a length. Hussey moves across and clips it to the leg side for one. 365/4

97.5 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Good length ball defended off the back foot into the off side. 364/4

97.4 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Stays low! Length on off stump. The ball doesn't rise much and Hussey has to adjust with that and he does so well. 364/4

97.3 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Fuller on the middle stump. Hussey drives it to mid on. 364/4

97.3 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, NO BALL! Shortish length on off. Pushed to the covers. So, there the no ball is! Very expected! 364/4

97.2 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Back of a length on off. Hussey stays on his back foot and pushes it to the off side. 363/4

97.1 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, A good length ball on off. Hussey moves across and tries to turn it away to the leg side. The ball takes the edge and goes to gully. No damage for either side. 363/4

97.6 P Siddle to Kallis, FOUR! Helped away! Short and wide from Siddle after good bowling in the five balls prior to this one. Kallis stays back and smashes it over point and into the fence. The 300 has been brought up with that boundary. 303/3

97.5 P Siddle to Kallis, A shy outside off stump on a length. Kallis leaves it alone. 299/3

97.4 P Siddle to Kallis, Nice length on off stump. Kallis stays back and pushes it to the covers. 299/3

97.3 P Siddle to Villiers, Length ball just outside off. Defended off the back foot on to the off side, into a tiny gap for a single. 299/3

97.2 P Siddle to Villiers, Leaves this length ball outside off alone. Good judgement by him. 298/3

97.1 P Siddle to Villiers, Just back of a length ball. de Villiers punches it nicely of his back foot into the covers for a couple. He is playing good strokes here. The run rate should pick up with his arrival too. 298/3

96.6 D Steyn to Clarke, FOUR! Majestic! Short and wide outside off. Clarke stays back and fetches it to pull it to the mid-wicket boundary. 363/4

96.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Good length ball on off. Clarke plays a good drive but Faf du Plessis dives to his right and saves a few runs for his team. 359/4

96.4 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length ball just outside off. Clarke punches it straight to extra cover. 359/4

96.3 D Steyn to Hussey, Back of a length just outside off. Hussey goes back and pushes this to the covers for a single. 359/4

96.2 D Steyn to Hussey, Poorly directed on Hussey's pads. He turns it down to fine leg and comes back for a second very quickly. 358/4

96.1 D Steyn to M Clarke, Short ball on Clarke's body. He pulls it to deep square leg for one. 356/4

96.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Good length ball just outside off. Kallis shuffles across and defends it to mid off. 296/3

96.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Back of a length on middle. The ball moves in a tad and raps Kallis on his pads. The ball goes to gully where Quiney dives and stops it. 296/3

96.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Just short of a length on off. Punched off his back foot into the covers. 296/3

96.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, This time he plays an on drive to mid on. 296/3

96.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Kallis plays a crisp straight drive to mid on. No run. 296/3

96.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Shoulders arms to this length ball outside off. 296/3

95.6 R Kleinveldt to M Clarke, Full length on middle and leg as Clarke drives it to wide mid on. They take a quick single. End of the over, one without a no ball in it. 355/4

95.5 R Kleinveldt to Hussey, Length ball on the pads. Hussey tucks it away to fine leg for one. 354/4

95.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Short of a length outside off. Clarke guides it to deep point for a single. I wonder if a no ball is somewhere around the corner. 353/4

95.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A good looking shot to mid on with a straight bat. No run. 352/4

95.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Connects well this time on the flick and the ball goes down to square leg for a couple. 352/4

95.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, On the pads as Clarke tries to flick. The ball takes the inside edge and falls away to mid-wicket. 350/4

95.6 P Siddle to de Villiers, FOUR! Brings it back in this time. Length just outside off getting de Villiers forward. The ball nips in and takes the inside edge of the bat past a diving Wade, evading him into the fine leg boundary. 296/3

95.5 P Siddle to Villiers, Some shape on it away from the batsman as it pitches on off. de Villiers drives it well to mid off though. 292/3

95.4 P Siddle to Villiers, Well left! Just back of a length outside off and de Villiers lets it through. 292/3

95.3 P Siddle to Villiers, Tighter this time. Fullish on middle and off. AB defends it off his front foot back to the bowler. 292/3

95.2 P Siddle to de Villiers, Full on the off side. de Villiers comes forward with some vigour and plays a handsome drive past mid off for a couple. 292/3

95.1 P Siddle to Villiers, Length ball just outside off stump. AB lets it go to Wade. 290/3

Kleinveldt comes in to bowl.

94.6 D Steyn to Hussey, A short of a length ball outside off. Hussey moves across and shoulders arms to it. The ball, however, hits the bat on the way through and falls safely to the off side. Australia trail by 100 now. 350/4

94.5 D Steyn to Hussey, A good length ball on off and moves back in. Hussey is hit high on the pads. 350/4

94.4 D Steyn to Hussey, Defends this off the back foot on to the off side. 350/4

94.3 D Steyn to M Hussey, FOUR! Stupendous! Full across him and all Hussey does is lean into it and play a typical left hander's cover drive for a boundary. Very pleasing to the eye. 350/4

94.2 D Steyn to Clarke, A short of a good length ball outside off. Clarke punches it away to deep point for one. 346/4

94.1 D Steyn to Clarke, A good length ball just outside off. Clarke punches it to mid off. 345/4

94.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to J Kallis, Good looking drive to this full delivery on off. The ball, however, goes to mid off. 290/3

94.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Fuller on the pads. Kallis flicks it to mid-wicket. 290/3

94.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Length on off. Kallis defends it off his back foot easily. 290/3

94.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Fuller on off. Kallis tries to drive. The ball takes the inside edge and hits Kallis' pads. No run. 290/3

94.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, That one jags in off a length and Kallis leaves it with some guts there. Good carry to the keeper too. 290/3

44th Test hundred for King Kallis, 5th against Australia! Second century in his last 5 innings against the Aussies. The previous ton came at Cape Town in 2009. South Africa won that game by an innings and 20 runs.

94.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, The second century of the day! Full on the pads, Kallis flicks it past mid-wicket for a couple and gets to his ton. He takes off his helmet and raises his bat to the dressing room. A good crowd which has turned up appreciate and applaud too. Good cricket following I must admit. Very few fans do that these days for a player in the opponent's side. 290/3

Steyn is brought back now.

93.6 V Philander to Hussey, A fullish delivery on off stump. Hussey defends it watchfully to the covers. 345/4

93.6 V Philander to Hussey, FOUR! No ball! Philander over steps again. Bowls it full and finds the edge of Hussey's bat as the ball flies between second slip and gully to the third man boundary. 345/4

93.5 V Philander to Hussey, A good delivery shaping away after pitching on a length on off. Hussey watches closely and leaves it alone. 340/4

93.4 V Philander to M Hussey, A good looking drive to this full delivery. Hussey can't find the gap though and finds mid off. 340/4

93.3 V Philander to Hussey, A similar delivery and a similar leave by Hussey outside off. 340/4

93.2 V Philander to Hussey, Angles this one across Hussey who lets it go through to de Villiers. 340/4

93.1 V Philander to Hussey, A nice tight line on off. Hussey comes forward and defends it back to the bowler. Phily hasn't been up to the standards he has set for himself in his short and successful career so far. 340/4

Will this be a blessing in disguise for the Proteas? de Villiers could score quickly.

93.6 P Siddle to Villiers, Fuller on off stump. de Villiers comes forward and defends it well to mid off with a straight bat. 288/3

93.5 P Siddle to Villiers, Good length ball outside off de Villiers leaves it alone. 288/3

93.4 P Siddle to de Villiers, FOUR! Lovely shot! Full on off stump. de Villiers moves half forward and plays a fine drive past a diving short mid off and to the boundary. He gets off the mark in style. 288/3

AB de Villiers walks out at no. 4.

93.3 P Siddle to Amla, OUT! That is an important breakthrough for the Aussies. The ball pitches on a length on off and moves in slightly. Amla misses his flick and gets struck on his pads. The Aussies go up in a massive appeal. Asad Rauf thinks hard and raises his finger. Amla consults Kallis whether to go for the review. He doesn't! The end of a splendid knock by Amla although he would have wanted to have carried on. Amla should have taken the review as the hawk eye shows the ball missing the stumps due to height. 284/3

93.2 P Siddle to Amla, Just back of a length ball outside off. Amla leaves it alone. 284/2

93.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Full and strays on to the pads. Kallis flicks it in his traditional classy style past mid-wicket for a couple. He moves on to 99. He has scored quickly with a strike rate of just under 60. That is quite impressive. 284/2

92.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Full outside off. Clarke leans into it and plays a good looking drive towards the covers where the dives saves a few if not a boundary. 340/4

92.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Bangs it short and Clarke ducks under it. The umpire calls one for the over. 340/4

92.5 M Morkel to Clarke, NO BALL! Morkel over steps now. A good ball pitched on off and moves in. Clarke is cut into half here. They are bowling excellent deliveries off no balls. 340/4

Morkel pulls out of this delivery at the last moment.

92.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Angles it full into middle. Hussey leans into it and flicks away to the leg side for one. 339/4

92.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Short ball on middle. Hussey pulls this away to deep square leg for a couple. 338/4

92.2 M Morkel to Hussey, Short of a good length and outside the off stick. Hussey goes for an up and over cut. It doesn't go where he intended it to as it flies over the slips and into the fence. 336/4

92.1 M Morkel to Hussey, Hussey takes a blow. Shortish ball on off. Huss tries to pull and misses taking a body blow. 332/4

Siddle gets a change of ends.

92.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Another defensive push off his back foot. This time to long on. Second consecutive maiden for the Aussies. Some good display of fast bowling now, for a change. 281/2

92.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Defends this length ball on off with the full face of his bat. 281/2

92.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Good length ball on off. Amla plays a half drive, half push to the covers. 281/2

92.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Oooh! That ball pitched just outside off and came in a tad as opposed to Hilfy's genuine out swingers. Amla shoulders arms and the ball goes past the off stump, very closely. That will certainly make Amla think. 281/2

92.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Fuller on the pads. Amla flicks it straight to mid on. 281/2

92.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Length ball on off. Amla defends it from the crease. 281/2

91.6 V Philander to Clarke, Punches this short of a length delivery on off stump off his back foot to the covers. 332/4

91.5 V Philander to M Hussey, Chance for a run out! Misses though! Tight line on off stump. Hussey stays back and dabs it down towards gully. Yes and no and Hussey slips too as he runs down the wicket. Petersen comes in and throws at the non-striker's end but doesn't hit. That could have been curtains for Hussey. 332/4

91.4 V Philander to Hussey, Allows it to pass through outside the off stump. 331/4

91.3 V Philander to Hussey, FOUR! Lovely drive! Gets forward to this length delivery and drives it past mid off and into the fence. He looks comfortable out there. 331/4

91.2 V Philander to Hussey, Gets right behind the line and defends it off his back foot back on to the pitch. 327/4

91.1 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke drives this full delivery to wide mid off and picks up a single. 327/4

Hilfenhaus from the other end now.

91.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, Leaves this back of a length delivery outside off. Pattinson is troubling two well set batsmen here. 281/2

91.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, Another good ball there. Pitching on a length on off. The ball moves away a touch and Kallis is squared up as he defends it back on to the wicket. 281/2

91.4 J Pattinson to Kallis, Good length ball just outside off. Kallis tries to punch but the slight away movement and the bounce takes the ball away from his bat, beating it eventually. 281/2

91.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, Shoulders arms to this back of a length ball outside off. 281/2

91.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, Good length ball just outside off. Kallis tries to defend it off his back foot to the off side. The ball appeared to have risen sharply. Kallis had to adjust and he did it well. 281/2

91.1 J Pattinson to Kallis, Angling in towards Kallis. He misses his flick and the ball goes to Wade. 281/2

90.6 M Morkel to Hussey, Another one that is shouldered arms to outside off. 326/4

90.5 M Morkel to Hussey, Hits the deck hard and the ball shoots up off a length and Hussey lets it through. 326/4

90.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Bowls this down the leg side. Hussey lets it go through. 326/4

90.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Phew! That was close to the edge. Morkel angles that in and gets it to straighten. Hussey prods at it and misses. 326/4

90.2 M Morkel to M Hussey, Full and across Hussey. He comes forward and drives it to mid off. 326/4

Around the wicket to Hussey.

90.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Short and wide. Clarke goes after it by reaching out and cuts it uppishly down to third man. Amla gets around and stops the ball within the ropes. They run a single. 326/4

90.6 P Siddle to Kallis, Pitched up outside off. Kallis comes on to his front foot and drives it to the left of mid on where the dive keeps them to one. Kallis on 96. 281/2

90.5 P Siddle to Kallis, Fullish again just outside off. Kallis defends it off his front foot again. The Proteas have looked good with their defense so far. 280/2

90.4 P Siddle to Kallis, Good length ball on off. Kallis comes forward confidently and defends it to mid off. 280/2

90.3 P Siddle to Kallis, An absolute peach of a delivery! Good come back there by Siddle. Bowls it on off stump on a length. The ball moves away ever so slightly to beat Kallis' bat. This is good cricket. This is probably Siddle's best delivery in this match so far. 280/2

90.2 P Siddle to Kallis, FOUR! Up and over! Short ball outside off stump. Kallis waits and pounces on it with a cut over point. He moves on to 95. 280/2

90.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Length ball just outside off. Kallis drives it to the covers. No run there. Kallis is on 91 now. 276/2

89.6 V Philander to Hussey, A length ball just outside off and Hussey pushes it off his front foot to the covers. No run available there. 325/4

89.5 V Philander to Hussey, Pitched further up to the bat as Hussey comes forward and defend it to mid off gently. 325/4

89.4 V Philander to Hussey, FOUR! Deft! Length ball just outside off. Hussey opens the face and guides it smartly past gully and to the fence behind point. 325/4

89.3 V Philander to Hussey, Defends it with an open face to point. 321/4

89.2 V Philander to Hussey, A good length ball on middle. Hussey turns it down to the leg side. No run. 321/4

89.1 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke stays back and pats it down to the off side, a bit edgy and they take a single. 321/4

89.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Solidly defends this length ball outside off to the covers off his back foot. 276/2

89.5 J Pattinson to Amla, Good length ball on middle and off. Amla defends it back onto the wicket from within the crease. 276/2

89.4 J Pattinson to Amla, Good bouncer. Banged in on off stump. Amla sways away comfortably. The Aussie bowlers haven't bowled good bouncers like this one very often. 276/2

89.3 J Pattinson to H Amla, Pitched up outside off stump. Amla goes for a flamboyant drive but doesn't time it well. The ball goes to mid off. 276/2

89.2 J Pattinson to Amla, Full length ball on off. Amla gets forward to defend. The ball takes a thick edge and goes towards gully. 276/2

89.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Yorker this time on off stump. Amla digs it out well to the off side. 276/2

Snicko shows that there was something just before the ball approached the bat and as it passed the bat there was nothing. Weird!

88.6 M Morkel to Hussey, Beats him. Angles across Hussey who fishes at it and misses. 320/4

88.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Shortish ball on Clarke's pads. He misses the tuck and the ball hits his thigh pad and falls down past the keeper for a leg bye. 320/4

88.4 M Morkel to Hussey, A good length delivery on off stump. Hussey defends from the crease as the ball takes the edge and goes past gully. They take three comfortably. 319/4

Around the wicket now.

88.3 M Morkel to Hussey, FOUR! Cracked away! Short and wide and Hussey punishes it adequately by cutting it in front of point and into the boundary 316/4

88.2 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length ball just outside off. Clarke taps it down to the off side with soft hands and picks up a quick single. 312/4

88.1 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Very lucky! Banged in short on to Clarke's body. He sways away as the ball keeps coming in and the ball takes the edge of the bat and goes past a diving de Villiers to the fine leg fence. 311/4

88.6 P Siddle to Kallis, Better length. Fuller and just outside off. Kallis defends it on the of side off his front foot. 276/2

88.5 P Siddle to Kallis, Just back of a length ball outside off. Kallis punches it straight to the covers. No run. 276/2

88.4 P Siddle to H Amla, Fullish just outside off. Amla drives it to the covers. A good effort by Warner keeping them down to just one. 276/2

88.3 P Siddle to Amla, Siddle needs to get him to play. Outside off again and Amla lets it go through. 275/2

88.2 P Siddle to Amla, Just short of a length outside off. Amla leaves it alone. 275/2

88.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Bangs it in short first up. Kallis pulls it towards fine leg but just for one. 275/2

87.6 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke cuts this shortish delivery to deep point for a single. 307/4

87.5 V Philander to M Clarke, Pitched up on off stump. Clarke drives it to mid off. 306/4

87.4 Philander to Clarke, NOT OUT! The ball was bowled on a good length just outside off. Clarke plays a tentative push and there is some sound and they go up in appeal. The umpire turns it down and Philander pushes Smith to go for the review which he does. The hot spot doesn't shows no spot. A snickometer would have surely picked up a sound. But, that option is not available and the third umpire has no clear evidence to give that out. 306/4

The Proteas have called for a review for this caught behind.

87.3 V Philander to Clarke, A shortish ball outside off. Clarke lets it through to the keeper. 306/4

87.2 V Philander to Clarke, Back of a length on off stump. Clarke defends it from within the crease to the off side. 306/4

87.1 V Philander to Clarke, Some swing for Philander! Pitches outside off and swings away off a length. Clarke stays back and punches it to the covers. 306/4

Peter Siddle to bowl now.

17th Test ton for Hashim Amla, 3rd against Australia! 10th hundred in his last 22 Tests! Unbelievable. It is also his third century in succession against the Aussies in 3 Tests!

The crowd is on its feet to applaud the mighty Amla. Good to see, this. They are rooting for Australia but clapping for any record that the opposition might put in.

87.6 J Pattinson to Amla, FOUR! There it is! He slashes hard at this short delivery outside off. The ball takes the outside edge and flies over the slips into the third man boundary. He raises his bat to the crowd who applaud him for his performance. 274/2

87.5 J Pattinson to Amla, Good length ball just outside off again. Amla taps it down to the left of gully where Quiney dives and makes a good stop. The hundred is not going to be given easily. 270/2

87.4 J Pattinson to Amla, Another lovely length on off. Amla defends it to mid off this time. 270/2

87.3 J Pattinson to Amla, Full length on off. Amla defends it off his front foot into the off side. 270/2

87.2 J Pattinson to Amla, Down the leg side and fuller too. Amla misses his flick. Wade, behind the stumps fails to collect it cleanly. No harm done though. 270/2

87.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Good length ball pitching on off and moving away. Amla shoulders arms. Pattinson is bowling with some good discipline today. 270/2

The players have strolled out into the middle and the Protea fielders have taken their places in the field. Clarke will face the first ball after tea to be bowled by Philander.

Tweet from Statistician Mohandas Menon - Since January 2000 Aussie openers have managed 66 Test 100s, of which only 3 have come from right handers - 1 Slater and 2 by Watson. This goes to show that the Aussies have produced a lot of openers who are south paws.

Australia will try to up the ante after the resumption to get closer to the Protean score so that they can declare and put them in before the end of today's play. Only then can we have an interesting match or else the 5th day will no have much to offer. Do join us back after tea.

The only wicket to have come in this session was that of Cowan who was run out due to his excessive backing up and also due to one of Steyn's fingers which ricocheted the ball on to the non-striker end's stumps. Both of them have played a match saving innings.

The umpires have called for Tea on day 4. The Aussies moved ahead quietly in this session as Cowan and Clarke reached their respective centuries. 92 runs came off this session in 27 overs.

86.6 D Steyn to Clarke, A length ball just outside off. Clarke hits it off his back foot to deep cover for a single to end the session. 306/4

86.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Maybe no! Full outside off and this time Clarke gets more bat on the drive past mid off. The deep cover fielder comes across and Clarke picks up two. 305/4

86.4 D Steyn to M Clarke, Back of a length outside off stump. Clarke punches it to mid off. He hasn't timed some of his recent strokes that well. He needs a break I guess. 303/4

86.3 D Steyn to Hussey, Hussey is off the mark. On the pads and tucked away to fine leg. They would have wanted Hussey to have remained on strike. 303/4

86.2 D Steyn to Clarke, A similar ball outside off. This time Clarke connects his drive but finds the deep cover fielder and they take a single. 302/4

86.1 D Steyn to Clarke, A full out swinger outside off stump. Clarke tries to drive it but finds the inside edge and the ball rolls away to the off side gently. 301/4

Amla on 99 now.

86.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Just back of a length outside off. Kallis plays a good looking punch straight to mid on. 270/2

86.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Straighter on middle allowing Kallis to flick it past mid on for a couple. This shot brings up the 150 run partnership between the two. 270/2

When Amla gets to his hundred, it will be his 10th in his last 22 Tests. 786 runs already in this calendar year, going past Clarke.

86.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Fuller this time on off. Kallis gets on to his front foot and defends it to the off side. 268/2

86.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Length ball on off. Kallis defends it to mid off. 268/2

86.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Bangs it in short. Amla gets into good position on his back foot and pulls it. He doesn't get enough on it and the outfield at mid-wicket is slow too. Just three. He gets to 99 with that shot. 268/2

86.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to H Amla, Good length ball on off. Amla gets forward and taps it to the off side. 265/2

One more over I guess before tea.

85.6 M Morkel to Hussey, Morkel bowls this just back of a length outside off. Hussey lets it through. Second consecutive maiden for Morkel. 301/4

85.5 Morkel to Hussey, Swings in off a length on off stump. The bowler appeals but it was high and going down the leg side as well/ The ball rolls down to the off side. 301/4

85.4 M Morkel to Hussey, Another one left just outside off watchfully. 301/4

85.3 M Morkel to Hussey, Tighter! Comes in off a length and nips away a bit. Hussey watches it till the end and pushes it to point. Third slip comes in for Hussey. 301/4

85.2 M Morkel to Hussey, A back of a length delivery just outside off. Hussey shoulders arms to it and the ball zips through to de Villiers. Good leave that! 301/4

85.1 M Morkel to Hussey, A good length ball moving in. Hussey lets it go through. 301/4

The pitch appears to have some grass.

85.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, Just short of a length on off stump. Kallis defends it to the covers off his back foot. Good over by young Pattinson. 265/2

85.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, Good cricket all around. Pattinson bowls it full on off. Kallis gets forward and plays an awesome straight drive. Pattinson gets down with his right hand and stops it in due time. No run. 265/2

85.4 J Pattinson to Amla, Just short of a length on the hips of Amla. He whips it down to fine leg for one. 265/2

85.3 J Pattinson to Amla, Full and seaming away from off stump. Amla defends it well to the point region. Pattinson is hitting a good length. He had bowled well on the first day too. 264/2

85.2 J Pattinson to Amla, Bowled on the corridor and just outside off. Amla lets it go to the keeper. 264/2

85.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Full on off. Amla drives it straight to mid off. He is on 95. He is striking the ball well here. 264/2

This could be the last over before tea.

84.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Short ball outside off. Clarke pulls it away past mid on for a couple. He did not get the middle of the bat on that shot. 301/4

84.5 D Steyn to Clarke, A length ball just outside off. Clarke punches it away to the covers. 299/4

Michael Hussey comes out to bat.

84.4 Steyn to Cowan, OUT! RUN OUT! Full delivery by Steyn and Clarke plays a lovely drive straight back. Steyn gets a hand to it and the ball ricochets on to the stumps. Cowan is found short of his ground in the replays. He had been backing up a lot previously too and it proved costly. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful innings by him as he departs for 136 after cracking his first century. End of a 259 run mammoth stand. 299/4

Appeal for a run out!

84.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Short one on off stump. Clarks drops his hands and sways away comfortably. 299/3

84.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Length ball just outside off. Clarke drives but the ball takes the inside edge and goes towards square leg. The batsmen come back for the second and Clarke makes it on time in the end. 299/3

84.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Steyn bowls it outside the off stump and moves it away. Clarke has a slash at it without getting his feet across and misses. 297/3

84.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Pitched up just outside off. Amla gets forward and plays a good looking drive to the left of mid on. Lyon gets across and dives to keep it down to a single. 264/2

84.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Good tight line on off stump. Amla stays in the crease and defends it. The ball takes an edge and goes to second slip. 263/2

84.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Length just outside off. Amla lets it go through to Wade. 263/2

84.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Straighter this time on middle. Amla flicks it to the right of short mid-wicket. The ball is stopped well over there. 263/2

84.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Closer tot the stumps on off and on a good length. Amla comes forward and defends it on to the pitch. 263/2

84.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Hilfenhaus betters his line and length here. Length on off stump. The ball holds its line and beats Amla's prod. 263/2

83.6 M Morkel to Cowan, Fuller length on off. Cowan fends it to the point region. 297/3

83.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Morkel bangs it in short and Cowan is hurried into his duck. Gets under it just in time. 297/3

83.4 M Morkel to Cowan, This time he resorts to a defensive push off the back foot to this length ball. 297/3

83.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Cowan is gambling with the leave and the swing now. Morkel gets it to come back in. Cowan shoulders arms and the ball goes just above the off stump. That missed just by a coat of varnish. 297/3

83.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Bounces and comes back in off a good length. Cowan leaves it alone and de Villiers collects it close to his head. 297/3

83.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Short of a length outside off. Cowan guides it to the right of gully where it is well fielded. 297/3

83.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, Pattinson is getting some good shape of the seam here. Squares Kallis up with this one as it pitches on leg and straightens. The ball hits high on the bat and falls down safely on the off side. 263/2

83.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, Good nagging line and length on off. Kallis tries to push it to the covers but finds an edge. The ball goes between gully and point for a couple. 263/2

83.4 J Pattinson to Kallis, Fuller outside off. Kallis comes on to his front foot and drives through the covers for a couple. 261/2

83.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, Good length delivery on off stump. The ball pitches and moves away. Kallis comes across and covers the swing as he defends this off the back foot. Interestingly, Kallis is shuffling a lot towards the off stump. It is Amla who is known for such a movement. 259/2

83.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, Good ball, pitched up on middle. Kallis stays on the crease and drives it back past the bowler to mid on. Pattinson seems to be hitting a good length. 259/2

83.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Pitched up on leg stump and Amla works it away to deep square. The fielder from fine leg runs around and keeps them down to three. 259/2

Morkel comes back into the attack. His first over with the new ball. He will bowl around the wicket to Cowan.

82.6 D Steyn to Cowan, A bit fuller and straighter on the off stick. Cowan pushes it to the covers for one. Six of that over. 297/3

This is now the best partnership for any wicket in a Test at the Gabba. The previous best was 245 against Sri Lanka involving Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey.

82.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Another one shouldered arm to. This was pushed much more outside the off stump. 296/3

82.4 D Steyn to Cowan, A tight length just outside off that swings back in. Cowan watches it carefully and leaves it alone close to his body. 296/3

82.3 D Steyn to Cowan, A good length ball just outside off. Cowan lets it through. 296/3

82.2 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! Smashed! Short ball outside off and Cowan punishes it by cutting it behind point for a cracking four. 296/3

82.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Pitches it on off and shapes it away. Clarke gets behind the movement and defends it past point for one. 292/3

James Pattinson will share the cherry from the Vulture Street End.

82.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Leaves this one alone outside the off stump. Hilfenhaus needs to bowl fuller. 256/2

82.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Another defensive shot to this back of a length ball on off to the covers. 256/2

82.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Pitches on off stump on a length and moves away with the seam. Kallis moves toward the off stump and defends it off his back foot. 256/2

82.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Length ball outside off stump as it swings away after pitching. Kallis leaves it alone. 256/2

82.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Just short of a length ball on middle and off. Kallis goes across on his back foot and defends it back onto the wicket. 256/2

82.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Length and pitched on leg. The ball straightened off the pitch as Amla tries to flick it. The ball takes the leading edge and falls away down to the off side. First run of the day. A single. 256/2

81.6 V Philander to Cowan, Shoulders arms again as the ball is sprayed outside the off stump. 291/3

81.5 V Philander to Cowan, Angles it across Cowan who leaves it alone. 291/3

81.4 V Philander to Clarke, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 291/3

81.3 V Philander to Clarke, Bowls a tight line on off. Clarke defends it off the back foot to the off side. 290/3

The 250 run stand comes up between the pair now.

81.2 V Philander to Cowan, On the pads and Cowan flicks it to deep mid-wicket for three. 290/3

81.1 V Philander to Cowan, Bowls it full on off stump. Cowan digs it out well. 287/3

Michael Clarke takes the new ball in what is the 83rd over of the match. Hilfenhaus will bowl the first over of the day from the Stanley Street End.

The Aussie fielders are taking their positions out in the middle as Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis walk out to the middle. Amla is on 90 and Kallis on 84. They shouldn't waste time trying to get to their hundreds. Hopefully, they will get on with it.

With the rain, the pitch should be a bit juicy and assisting for the fast bowlers. I see only two results possible from here, a South African victory or a draw. We will get a clearer picture by the end of play today.

It is bright and sunny out there today. The half an hour early start should commence without any hurdles in the way. South Africa will try to play aggressively to give themselves a chance of posting a huge total and putting the Aussies in during the last session.

Good morning and welcome to the coverage of the third day of the Test between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba. Day two was washed out completely without a ball being bowled. Today the weather has painted a different picture for the fans and all of us as well.

Do join us tomorrow and don't forget that it is an half an hour early start on day three. Goodbye until then.

It will be interesting to see how the Protea batsmen play tomorrow with one day reduced from their intial plan today morning. Ideally, they would try to attack and post a huge total and then try to peg down some quick wickets with the ball. Only then there could be a chance of a result in this game.

So, stumps it is! With no action throughout the day, there isn't much to talk about except for the steady drizzle. It just didn't stop the entire day. Predictions for the upcoming three days don't show anything wrong with the weather for full cricketing action all through.

How ironic! The drizzle stops at 16.55 hours, local time. Just when stumps is about to be declared. However, the umpires went out in the middle to have a chat. The light doesn't seem negotiable enough for the South Africans to come out to bat. It is still dull.

1600 hours, local time, is expected to be the call off time. Still waiting for confirmation.

Play will start 30 minutes earlier and stumps will be called 30 minutes after standard closure of play for the next three days of the Test. The South Africans have not got back to the ground as we enter the third session. We are not far away from the call off.

The tea break has been taken. However, play will be called off supposedly by 4.00 p.m AEDT, 10.30 a.m IST. Even had the rain ceased, the light would have been an issue.

The drizzle continues to pour on and the probability of 'you know what' becomes increasingly positive. The good news however, is that the forecast for the remaining three days is not so horrible as today's.

The last time a full day at the Gabba was washed out was on November 29, 1983 against Pakistan, the fourth day of the test. Looks like nearly three decades later, we are going to see a repeat of the same feat.

The rain has gotten heavier at Gabba and chances of seeing a light at the end of the dark tunnel seem bleak. A wash out is around the corner I suppose. We will update you as soon as we get any confirmation.

The cache here is that if there is going to be any play later in the afternoon, the South African players will have to be brought out of their hotel rooms to which they have already surrendered themselves to. Do check in for further updates.

Mark Nicholas on air says that there is no possibility of play in the second session. However, if things clear up before the third session, we could have some play. So, no ruling out play on the 2nd day yet.

Jacques Rudolph's tweet; "Sadly on our way back to the hotel! Rubbish weather." The South Africans especially would be distraught as they were in a formidable posiiton.

The drizzle continues to wreck proceedings at the ground and there seems to be very little possibility of play happening in the near future. We will be back with further updates.

Welcome back after lunch. It doesn't seem likely that we will start right off after the break. The start will be delayed indeed, we get the news coming in.

We will be back with more updates after lunch. Do check in to know what is in store for the afternoon session.

The officials have called for an early lunch which will be taken at 11.50 local time so that they could have an extended second session if nature permits. The rain has kept itself down to a constant drizzle which refuses to stop.

There is no talk about resumption yet at the Gabba. The super sopper is on the outfield trying to dry it out. The rain has mellowed down a bit as compared to how it was pelting down in the morning. We will be back with more updates.

it doesn't look like there will be much play in the first session today. Do keep an eye for updates.

The South Africans have got an early setback in the series as JP Duminy slipped during practice after the close of last day's play. He injured his Achilles tendon and is speculated to be out for three to six months.

It doesn't look good out there at the Gabba. We were about to have a seven minutes' early start. However, the rains won't allow it as they swooped in this morning. The start will surely be delayed.

Welcome to day two of the first Test between the Aussies and the Proteas. Amla and Kallis are inching towards their centuries and batted exceedingly well yesterday.

Let's hope Australia can crawl back into this game with some quick wickets, or given this way, South Africa can easily crawl past 500 or so. Do join us tomorrow for Day 2 action. Till then, farewell!

Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis made utmost use of the chances given to them. Kallis was first caught off a no-ball off Siddle's bowling, and then Siddle himself dropped Amla off his own bowling. A mixed day as given some chances going Australia's way, it could have been a different story. But, South Africa have come out triumphs with a strong batting display.

Alviro Petersen played quite well since Graeme Smith's departure. For some reason, he took Lyon on and gave his wicket away. Australia had a few close LBW shouts going against them. Even though it wasn't unfair, they were quite harsh.

Given the hype surrounding this match, Day 1 was quite dud. Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat immediately. He left out Imran Tahir and gave Rory Kleinveldt his Test debut. Rob Quiney was given his international debut today.

That will be it for today, it seems. Michael Clarke had the new ball in his hand, Billy Bowden seems to be indicating that in that case, they will have to walk off. And the Australians indeed walked off the field.

81.6 M Hussey to Kallis, FOUR! Some runs finally. Short of a length delivery from Hussey, Kallis hops up and pulls it away over the mid-wicket fielder. 255/2

81.5 M Hussey to Kallis, A full length delivery, outside off, Kallis leaves it alone. 251/2

81.4 M Hussey to Kallis, It's good length this time, around off, Kallis watches and defends welL. 251/2

81.3 M Hussey to Kallis,Over-pitched, Kallis drives it straight to the fielder at mid on. 251/2

81.2 M Hussey to Kallis, Another full length delivery, hit back to the bowler. 251/2

81.1 M Hussey to Kallis, Pitches it up onto the stumps, knocked down to mid on. 251/2

Philander in back on.

80.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Fuller outside off and Cowan drives it to deep point for one. 287/3

80.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Good delivery and a good leave! Angled across and comes in after pitching. Cowan leaves it well. 286/3

80.4 D Steyn to M Clarke, A length ball outside off. Clarke punches it past point and the sweeper gets around to stop the ball and the batsmen take three. 286/3

80.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Length on the pads. This one doesn't swing outwards and holds its line. Clarks turns it down to mid-wicket. 283/3

80.2 D Steyn to M Clarke, Some swing there as Steyn pitches it on a length on off and moves it further away. Clarke adjusts well and plays a firm drives straight to mid off. 283/3

80.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Sprays it wide outside off stump. Clarke shoulders arms to it. 283/3

80.6 Rob Quiney to Amla, Length delivery, dabbed away to point to end the over. 251/2

80.5 Rob Quiney to Amla, A pitched up delivery, Amla drives it well but straight to mid off. 251/2

80.4 Rob Quiney to Amla, Amla has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 251/2

80.3 Rob Quiney to Amla, A full length delivery, Amla defends it well again. 251/2

80.2 Rob Quiney to Amla, No telecast available for this ball. 251/2

80.1 Rob Quiney to Amla, A fuller length delivery, around off, Amla gets down in defense. 251/2

Steyn is back into the attack.

The new ball has been taken immediately after its availability.

79.6 G Smith to Cowan, Another watchful defense from Cowan. 283/3

79.5 G Smith to Cowan, On middle, defended back to the bowler. 283/3

79.4 G Smith to Cowan, On leg stump, watchfully defended. 283/3

79.3 G Smith to Cowan, Full outside off, driven towards cover again. 283/3

79.2 G Smith to Cowan, Full toss, opportunity missed. Drives it straight to extra cover. 283/3

79.1 G Smith to M Clarke, Short outside off, Clarke cuts it through the covers for three. The deficit is now 167. 283/3

The new ball is available. Australia can opt for it but they haven't. Quite surprising. Rob Quiney to continue.

79.6 M Hussey to Kallis, FOUR! Down the leg side again from Hussey, all Kallis needs is a fine touch and he gets it away to the fine leg fence. 251/2

79.5 M Hussey to Kallis, Keeps to the leg-stump line, angled down fine to the leg side by Amla for a single. 247/2

79.4 M Hussey to Amla, On the pads this time, tucked away for a single. 245/2

79.3 M Hussey to Amla, A length delivery, guided straight to Quiney in the fly slip region. 244/2

79.2 M Hussey to Amla, Goes full down the leg side, Amla aims to flick but is caught on the pads. 244/2

79.1 M Hussey to Amla, Well wide outside off, Amla allows it to go. 244/2

78.6 J Kallis to Cowan, A maiden then! Wide outside the off stump. Cowan allows it to pass through. 280/3

78.5 J Kallis to Cowan, Fuller ball just outside off. Cowan shoulders arms to it. 280/3

78.4 J Kallis to Cowan, Dug in short and angled past Cowan who drops his wrists and lets it go through. 280/3

78.3 J Kallis to Cowan, Good tight length on middle. Cowan defends it from within the crease to the on side. 280/3

78.2 J Kallis to Cowan, Angled across Cowan. He leaves it alone. 280/3

78.1 J Kallis to Cowan, Length ball on middle. Clarke plays it down to mid off. 280/3

Michael Hussey to bowl.

78.6 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Fuller yet again, driven to mid off. 244/2

78.5 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Goes full again outside off, once again Kallis is not able to find the gap and drives it straight to mid off. 244/2

78.4 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Kallis lets the ball go outside his off stump. 244/2

78.3 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Pitched up outside off, Kallis drives it well through the cover region, there is a valiant dive but mid off gets across quickly. 244/2

78.2 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Kallis chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 244/2

78.1 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Full in length outside off, 115.5 kph, Kallis allows it through. 244/2

77.6 G Smith to Clarke, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 280/3

77.5 G Smith to M Clarke, Clarke steps out to this flighted ball and drives it straight to mid off. 280/3

77.4 G Smith to Clarke, Smith bowls a yorker length ball on middle. Clarke digs it out to the bowler. 280/3

77.3 G Smith to Cowan, On the pads and Cowan tucks it away to the on side for one. 280/3

77.2 G Smith to Clarke, Gets down on the knee and sweeps it to fine leg for a single. 279/3

77.1 G Smith to Clarke, Flicks this one straight to mid-wicket. 278/3

Rob Quiney back on.

77.6 P Siddle to Kallis, A touch short outside off, Kallis rocks back and punches it through cover for one. 244/2

77.5 P Siddle to Kallis, Bowls on a good length outside off, punched away to the cover region. 243/2

77.4 P Siddle to Kallis, Full in length on off, Kallis gets down for an on-drive but straight to Hilfy at mid on. 243/2

77.3 P Siddle to Amla, A touch short outside off, Amla goes back and punches it well through cover-point to take one. 243/2

77.2 P Siddle to Amla, Another leave outside the off stump. 242/2

77.1 P Siddle to Amla, Bowls it on a length outside off, Amla allows it through. 242/2

Captain Smith is back into the attack.

76.6 J Kallis to Cowan, Pushes it fuller and across Cowan who lets it go through. 47 overs remain in the day. 278/3

76.5 J Kallis to Cowan, A tad short outside off. Cowan guides it away behind deep point for an easy two. 278/3

76.4 J Kallis to Ed Cowan, Fuller delivery on off stump. Cowan drives it straight to the covers. 276/3

76.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Bowls it short and Clarke swivels around to pull it to fine leg for one. 276/3

76.2 J Kallis to Clarke, Bowled just back of a length on the pads. Clarke misses his flick. 275/3

76.1 J Kallis to Clarke, Kallis bowls a length ball on middle and leg. It hits high on Clarke's bat as he defends it to the leg side. 275/3

76.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Pitched up delivery, on middle, Amla drives it well through mid on where Hilfenhaus gets across with a dive to stop. 242/2

76.5 J Pattinson to Amla, Angles a full delivery down the leg side, Amla misses out on the flick this time. 241/2

76.4 J Pattinson to Amla, A good length delivery, just moves away a bit off the pitch, Amla goes flashing after that but misses out. Still stuck on 87. 241/2

76.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, Short in length outside off, Kallis hops up and slams it away through the cover region for a single. 241/2

76.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, Attempts the yorker and ends up bowling a full toss on the pads, Kallis helps it away through mid-wicket and takes two easy runs. 240/2

76.1 J Pattinson to Kallis, Full length delivery, outside off, Kallis drives it firmly towards cover but Warner is there with a dive to stop that. 238/2

75.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Pushes this towards cover for a single. 275/3

75.5 R Kleinveldt to M Clarke, FOUR! Graceful! Nothing wrong with the ball there as he bowls it on a length just outside off. Clarke punches it into the gap in the covers for a lovely boundary. 274/3

75.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Defends this length ball off his back foot to the off side. 270/3

75.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, DROPPED! A short of a length ball on middle. Cowan pulls it uppishly as he finds the outside edge. Steyn gets around from fine leg and almost gets under it. He spills it in the last minute as he gets just his finger tips to it. Petersen who was running in from deep square leg had probably distracted him as he was about to take it. The batsmen take one. 270/3

75.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Pitched up to the bat. Cowan drives but straight to mid off. Doesn't hit it in the gap. 269/3

75.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, NO BALL. Oversteps and bowls it short on the body. Clarke goes back and pulls it to deep square leg for a single. 269/3

75.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Clarke stays in his crease and defends it off the back foot. 267/3

75.6 P Siddle to Amla, Amla shoulders arms to let that one through. 238/2

75.5 P Siddle to Amla, Darts in short this time, Amla ducks under it reasonably well. 238/2

75.4 P Siddle to Kallis, A full length delivery, Kallis drives this straight back, Siddle gets down to stop that, misses and the ball ricochets off the stumps at the non-striker's end. Amla was alert enough to come back in time anyways. 238/2

75.3 P Siddle to Kallis, Good length, outside off, pushed away defensively on the off side. 237/2

75.2 P Siddle to Kallis, A touch short, outside off, dabbed away to point where Quiney stops it with a dive. 237/2

75.1 P Siddle to Amla, A good length delivery, tailing back in late, Amla taps it on the leg side. 237/2

74.6 J Kallis to Cowan, Leaves this one outside the off stump. 267/3

74.5 J Kallis to Clarke, A fullish ball angled in. Clarke flicks it to the on side for a single. 267/3

74.4 J Kallis to Clarke, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 266/3

74.3 J Kallis to Cowan, On a length and across him, Cowan steers it down to third man for one. 266/3

74.2 J Kallis to Cowan, Defends this length ball off the front foot to mid off. 265/3

74.1 J Kallis to Clarke, A full delivery outside off. Clarke plays a crisp drive which is well stopped at extra cover. The ball ricochets off the hands to mid off and they take a single. 265/3

74.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, Back of a length delivery outside off, Kallis stands tall and punches it towards cover to end the over. 236/2

The umpires are having a word regarding the ball. Pattinson was getting some reverse-swing going. Oops, but the seam has come off a bit. There's only five overs left for the new ball though. Interesting decision from the umpire.

74.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, Short of a length delivery at 132.9 kph, angling down the leg side, Kallis sits under it easily. 236/2

74.4 J Pattinson to Amla, Bowls it in the fuller length again, outside off, driven well through the cover region for a single. 236/2

74.3 J Pattinson to Amla, A full length delivery, Amla drives it well towards mid off. 235/2

74.2 J Pattinson to Amla, That did not miss the stumps by more than inches! A good length delivery, well outside off and it reverses back in by quite a mile, Amla thought it to be going away but the ball just about misses the off stump by a whisker and travels over. 235/2

74.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Bowls a short of a length delivery outside off, Amla aims to cut that away but finds a bottom edge on the off side. 235/2

Yes, and the players deserve a drink as the umpire calls for a drinks break.

Clarke has got up his 20th Test century and the third against the South Africans after spending 37 balls in the 90s. He has led from the front and played a timely knock here to bail his team out of trouble when he got in at 40/3. At the Gabba it is his 4th and as captain it is his 6th.

73.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Clarke gets there with a defensive push past gully for a quick single. A very good innings by the skipper. 264/3

73.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Defends this from within the crease off his back foot. 263/3

73.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Fuller on off stump. Clarke drives it to mid off. 263/3

73.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A fuller delivery just outside off. Pushed to the covers off the front foot. The Michael on air, i.e Slater says "Come on Clarkey, it is just a single." 263/3

73.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Clarke leaves it alone as this is sprayed outside off stump. 263/3

73.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, A back of a length ball on off. Cowan fends it off as the ball rises sharply. They take a quick single. 263/3

The South Africans are in a commendable position here. This partnership has proven to be a major thorn in the Aussie bowling attack. They look set for their centuries too. Let's see how the last hour of play turns out to be.

73.6 P Siddle to Kallis, Full outside off stump. Kallis leans forward and drives it firmly to extra cover. 235/2

73.5 P Siddle to Kallis, On a fullish length on middle. Kallis drives it to mid on. 235/2

73.4 P Siddle to Kallis, Left alone by Kallis as it is bowled outside the off stump. 235/2

73.3 P Siddle to Kallis, Good nagging line outside off. Kallis is up to the task and lets it go to the keeper. 235/2

73.2 P Siddle to Kallis, A good length ball on off. Kallis stays tall and defends it to the off side. 235/2

73.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Full outside off. Kallis drives beautifully but straight to cover. 235/2

72.6 J Kallis to Clarke, A length ball bowled outside off stump. Clarke tries to cut it as the ball doesn't rise much. He misses and the ball goes under the bat. 262/3

The crows goes up in cheer again with Clarke on 99.

72.5 J Kallis to Cowan, Full on the pads. Flicked awau to wide mid on for s single to get the captain back on strike, on 99. 262/3

72.4 J Kallis to Cowan, A full pitched delivery across Cowan. He allows it to go through. 261/3

72.3 J Kallis to Cowan, Angled across Cowan. He shoulders arms to it. 261/3

72.2 J Kallis to Cowan, A short of a length ball on off stump. Cowan plays it with an open face to the covers. 261/3

72.1 J Kallis to Cowan, A length ball just outside off. Cowan comes forward and pushes it to the off side. 261/3

Tony Greig is on air from Sydney as the commentators at the Gabba have a chat with him. It is pleasing to hear him as he has been a regular commentator for ages now. Greig says he will be going in for an operation this Tuesday. Our prayers are with him.

72.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Length ball on off. The ball comes in with the angle. Amla defends it off the back foot to the on side. 235/2

72.5 J Pattinson to Amla, Just short of a good length on off. Amla punches it to the covers. No run there. 235/2

72.4 J Pattinson to Amla, On the pads of Amla. He flicks it away straight to mid-wicket. 235/2

72.3 J Pattinson to Amla, Good length ball outside off. Amla lets it go through yet again. 235/2

72.2 J Pattinson to Amla, Banged into the pitch by Pattinson. Amla lets it go as the ball zips through at a good height to Wade. 235/2

72.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Bowls a length ball on off stump. The batsman defends it on to the off side. 235/2

King Kallis back into the attack. Can he break the partnership?

71.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, A short of good length ball on middle. Cowan goes back and plays a short arm pull to deep square leg for one. 261/3

71.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Strays on the pads and Clarke turns it to the left of fine leg. Clarke turns back for a second. Cowan turns him down and rightly so. He moves on to 99. 260/3

71.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A good bouncer just outside off stump. Clarke thinks of a pull but bails out at the last moment. 259/3

71.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Full on off stump. Clarke pushes this to the covers off his front foot. The crowd is getting behind Clarke here, cheering him as the bowler is running in. 259/3

71.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, NO BALL! What is Kleinveldt doing here? A length ball just outside off. Clarke defends it to the off side. 259/3

71.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Fuller on middle and leg. Clarke drives it to mid on. He needs two more to get to his century. 258/3

71.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A length ball just outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 258/3

The flood lights have come on at the Gabba as Pattinson comes on to bowl.

71.6 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Length ball on off. Kallis drives to mid on. A maiden for Quiney. The first of his international career. He should be proud. 235/2

71.5 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Defends this one off his front foot to the leg side. 235/2

71.4 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Fuller this time outside off. Kallis gets forward and drives into the ground. The ball flies over Quiney and to mid off. 235/2

71.3 Rob Quiney to Kallis, A good length ball on off. Kallis plays it back to Quiney. Good first three deliveries. 235/2

71.2 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Length ball on off. Kallis stays back and defends it back onto the pitch. 235/2

71.1 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Bowls it on a length outside off. Kallis dabs it down towards point. 235/2

70.6 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! Bludgeoned! A short ball by Steyn on leg stump. Cowan picks up the length early, rocks on to his back foot and pulls it in front of deep square leg for a boundary. He is trying to get a move on here. 258/3

70.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Full and wide again. He gets better timing on it as he drives it straight to Amla at cover. 254/3

70.4 D Steyn to Ed Cowan, Full and wide outside off. Cowan drives but finds a thick inside edge to it. The ball rolls down gently to the covers. 254/3

70.3 D Steyn to Ed Cowan, Gets better placement on this drive as Steyn bowls it full and across. The cover fielder gives it a chase and the batsmen take two. 254/3

70.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Plays a well timed drives straight to mid off. 252/3

70.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Short ball on middle. Clarke pulls as the ball hits his glove. He pushes for a second but it is not there. The Aussies have successfully avoided the follow on with this shot. 252/3

70.6 N Lyon to J Kallis, This time he eludes the mid-wicket fielder with his drive to long on. 235/2

70.5 N Lyon to Kallis, Makes him come forward outside the off stump. Kallis flicks it straight to mid-wicket. 234/2

70.4 N Lyon to Kallis, Kallis comes forward to this loopy delivery and drives it to extra cover. 234/2

70.3 N Lyon to Amla, On the pads of Amla. He clips it away to mid-wicket for one. 234/2

70.2 N Lyon to Kallis, Full on off, Kallis drives this down to long on. The field resembles one you would find in the middle overs of a 50 over game here. 233/2

70.1 N Lyon to Kallis, Lobbed up outside off. Kallis comes forward and defends back to the bowler. 232/2

69.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, FOUR! Class written all over it! A good length ball outside off. Cowan leans into it and plays a lovely cover drive. Morkel gives it a chase but with half heart as the ball goes into the boundary. The Aussies have successfully avoided the follow on with this shot. 251/3

69.5 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, A fuller delivery on off. Cowan defends it off the front foot into the covers. 247/3

69.4 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good ball on a length on off. Cowan tries to beat gully by opening the face of the bat but finds the fielder with accuracy instead. 247/3

69.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Fuller and just outside off. Cowan shoulders his arms. 247/3

69.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, NO BALL! Oversteps again as he bowls a tight line on middle. Defended off the back foot. 247/3

69.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Just back of a length ball outside off. Cowan opens the face and fends it to gully. 246/3

69.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good tight length just outside off. Cowan lets it go through. 246/3

69.6 Rob Quiney to Kallis, On the pads this time. Flicked down to square leg for one. Quiney would be wishing that he had some more pace to trouble the likes of Kallis and Amla. 232/2

69.5 Rob Quiney to Kallis, On a length on off, the ball comes in again. Kallis defends it off his back foot again. 231/2

69.4 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Some swing in the air for Quiney. Pitches it up and moves in with the angle. Kallis comes forward and defends it well to the covers. 231/2

69.3 Rob Quiney to Amla, Just short of a good length. Amla punches it away to deep cover for one. 231/2

69.2 Rob Quiney to Amla, Good tight line on middle and off. Amla defends it off his back foot onto the pitch. 230/2

69.1 Rob Quiney to J Kallis, The ball angles in after pitching. Kallis drives this to long on for one. 230/2

68.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Short ball on off. Clarke shapes up for a pull but can't connect. 246/3

68.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Length outside off. Clarke comes across and defends it to mid off. He is showing some good technique for the youngsters. 246/3

68.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Full on the pads, moving in. Clarke flicks it to the on side for a single. 246/3

68.3 D Steyn to Cowan, A tight line on middle and off. Cowan turns it towards mid on. 245/3

68.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Pitched up to the bat. Cowan plays a flowing cover drive but mid off cuts it off not allowing him to pierce the field. 245/3

68.1 D Steyn to Cowan, A length ball angled across. Cowan lets it go through. 245/3

68.6 N Lyon to J Kallis, Fullish this time on off. Kallis drives it to mid off. Pattinson dives and keeps them down to one. 229/2

68.5 N Lyon to Kallis, Fuller on middle. Turned towards mid-wicket. 228/2

68.4 N Lyon to J Kallis, Some drift for Lyon away from Kallis. The ball takes the edge and goes down to third man. They take a couple. 228/2

68.3 N Lyon to H Amla, Flatter outside off. Amla drives it down to mid on for one. 226/2

68.2 N Lyon to Amla, Flighted outside off. Amla moves to his right and plays a defensive shot. 225/2

68.1 N Lyon to Kallis, Tossed up outside off. Kallis leans into it and drives through the covers for three. Warner has to put in a dive at the end to prevent it from going into the boundary. 225/2

Steyn comes back on.

67.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Leaves this one outside the off stump. 245/3

67.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Defends this off the back foot by getting behind it. 245/3

67.4 R Kleinveldt to M Clarke, A good length ball on off. Clark comes forward and punches it to the covers where Amla doesn't collect it and the ball goes to Philander at mid off. He too mis-fields and they take two. Someone throws in a howler at Philander on the field. 245/3

67.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A good ball! Pitched up outside off and bringing it in a tad. Clarke judges the swing well and leaves it alone. 243/3

67.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, A length ball on off and just outside. Cowan pushes this to the covers for a single. 243/3

67.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Tight line and length on off. Cowan gets across with his back foot and defends it back on to the wicket. 242/3

Lyon comes back on to bowl. He has got one of the two South African wickets.

67.6 Rob Quiney to Amla, Full and wide outside off. Amla drives but finds extra cover in his way. A good over by Quiney. The score is on double Nelson. Not the Aussie lucky number though. 222/2

67.5 Rob Quiney to Amla, Some zip for Quiney. The ball pitches outside off and comes in with some good bounce. Amla is beaten. 222/2

67.4 Rob Quiney to Amla, Angling into the pads. Amla flicks it straight to mid-wicket. 222/2

67.3 Rob Quiney to Amla, Another good delivery. A yorker on off stump. Amla digs it out well to the off side. 222/2

67.2 Rob Quiney to Amla, Good tight line on a good length to Amla. He respectfully defends it off his front foot. 222/2

67.1 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Angles the first ball of his spell into Kallis' pads. He easily whips it away to fine leg for one. 222/2

Rory Kleinveldt comes into the attack now.

66.6 M Morkel to Clarke, A good bouncer on middle and off. Clarke gets well under it. 242/3

66.5 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length ball outside off. Clarke allows it through to the keeper. 242/3

66.4 M Morkel to Clarke, A bit fuller on off stump. Clarke comes well forward and defends it to mid off. 242/3

66.3 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length delivery on off. Clarke stays on his back foot and pushes it to the covers. 242/3

Morkel pulls out of this delivery in the last movement and Clarke plays a mock drive.

66.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Gets this one to come fractionally in. Cowan waits and spots the movement as he turns this to square leg for a single. 242/3

66.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Angles this on to the pads. Clarke tucks it away to fine leg for one. 241/3

Quiney has come back on. Can he prove to be the guy with the golden arm?

66.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to J Kallis, A short of a length ball outside off. Kallis steers it to deep cover for one. 221/2

66.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Fullish on middle and leg. Kallis drives it down to mid on. 220/2

66.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Full delivery on the pads. Kallis flicks it to mid-wicket. A hint of reverse our team observes. 220/2

Amla and Kallis bring up the 100 run partnership.

66.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Full and straying on the pads. Amla whips it away to the leg side. Siddle runs in from fine leg and keeps them down to three. 220/2

66.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Short of a good length outside off. Kallis guides it through point for one. 217/2

66.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, A length ball on off. Kallis shuffles across and defends it off his back foot. 216/2

65.6 V Philander to Cowan, Defends this length ball off his back foot watchfully. 240/3

65.5 V Philander to Cowan, Gets right behind that one and defends it cleanly. 240/3

What a partnership this has turned out to be. They bring up the 200 between them. A wonderful rescuing act by the pair.

65.4 V Philander to Clarke, Back of a length ball outside off. Clarke punches it to deep cover for a single to bring up the 200 run stand. 240/3

65.4 V Philander to Clarke, NO BALL! This is becoming very consistent from Philander. Oversteps and bowls a length ball to Clarke who defends it off his back foot to the covers. 239/3

65.3 V Philander to Clarke, Length ball on off stump. Defends it off the back foot. 238/3

65.2 V Philander to M Clarke, Back of a length on middle and Clarke turns id down to the on side quietly. 238/3

65.1 V Philander to Clarke, Rock solid defense off the front foot by Clarke just outside the off stump. 238/3

65.6 P Siddle to Amla, A low full toss. Is this limited overs bowling we are seeing here? A slower one and now a low full toss. Amla fails to take toll of it and drives it straight to mid on. The mid off and mid on fielders are placed fairly straight for these two batsmen. 216/2

65.5 P Siddle to Kallis, Short of a good length ball. Kallis stays back and punches it to deep cover for one. 216/2

65.4 P Siddle to Kallis, Siddle bowls a slower one as his regulation deliveries aren't helping him much. Kallis waits patiently and defends it to the on side. 215/2

65.3 P Siddle to Kallis, Good length ball just outside off. Nicely driven straight to extra cover. 215/2

65.2 P Siddle to Kallis, Good length ball on off stump. Kallis stands tall and punches it to cover. 215/2

65.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Back of a length outside off. Kallis lets it go through. 215/2

64.6 M Morkel to Cowan, Cowan chooses to leave this length ball outside off. 238/3

64.5 M Morkel to Ed Cowan, A close call there! Cowan tucks this length ball to mid-wicket and sets off for a run. In the process he is turned down by Clarke and Steyn picks up the ball to have a shy at the striker's end. Cowan runs back and finds himself safe as Steyn misses. 238/3

64.4 M Morkel to Clarke, A length ball just outside off. Clarke taps it down to the covers with soft hands and picks up a quick single and moves on to 93. 238/3

64.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Length on off. Clarke punches it to mid off, shouting wait soon after. 237/3

64.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Short ball with some width outside off. Clarke misses his cut. 237/3

64.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Short of a length ball outside off. Clarke guides it to point. 237/3

64.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Makes him play at it. Length ball on middle and off. Amla taps it back to the bowler. Siddle doesn't fumble! 215/2

64.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Siddle angles this across Amla who quietly lets it go through to the keeper. 215/2

Siddle around the wicket now.

64.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Pitched up on off and Kallis plays an elegant drive to the left of mid off as Lyon moves swiftly and saves three for his side. 215/2

64.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, A short of a length ball outside off. Amla punches this through the covers for a single. 214/2

64.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Pitched up and Amla finds the middle of his willow on this full one and drives straight to Ponting at the straighter of the two extra covers. 213/2

64.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, On the pads on a length and Kallis easily tucks it away to fine leg for one. 213/2

63.6 V Philander to Cowan, Pushes it fuller across Cowan. He gets on to his front foot and pushes it to the covers. 237/3

63.5 V Philander to Cowan, Length delivery angled across from leg to off. Cowan stays back and defends it off his back foot to the off side. 237/3

63.4 V Philander to Clarke, On the pads this time. Clarke works it down to fine leg for a single. 237/3

63.3 V Philander to Clarke, Pitched on off and moving away slightly. Clarke lets it go through. 236/3

63.2 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on off. Clarke punches this to the other side of the 'V' this time, to mid off. 236/3

63.1 V Philander to Clarke, Fullish length delivery on off and middle. Clarke defends it with a full face to mid on. 236/3

63.6 P Siddle to Amla, FOUR! Edgy! Short of a length outside off. Amla plays this with an angled bat towards third man. Seemed more of an edge. 212/2

63.5 P Siddle to Amla, Driving length on off and Amla leaves it alone. He probably should have gone for the drive on this one as it was almost a half volley instead of having attempted in the previous delivery. 208/2

63.4 P Siddle to H Amla, A tad fuller and Amla tries to drive. The ball doesn't get the middle of the bat and goes to mid off. 208/2

Commentators on air say it is not easy to take reflex catches. They should probably see some of Lee's back in the days.

63.3 P Siddle to Amla, Left alone again as it is wide of the off stick. 208/2

63.2 P Siddle to Amla, Pitches it up just outside off. Amla lets it go to the keeper. 208/2

63.1 Siddle to Amla, Siddle continues in this spell. And he bowls a good yorker on middle stump. Amla digs it out easily. How costly will that drop catch prove? 208/2

62.6 M Morkel to Cowan, Length ball outside off. Cowan leaves it alone calmly. 236/3

62.5 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length ball outside off. Clarke pushes this to the covers for a quick single to get into the nineties. 236/3

Cowan's wife and three month old baby are also witnesses to his first century. They have come to watch a fabulous innings by him. His wife will be a proud lady today as she admits that she felt very emotional when Cowan got to the landmark.

62.4 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Brilliant! Full outside off. Clarke drives this with supreme timing past mid off for the second boundary of the over. 235/3

62.3 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Short and wide and asking to be hit! Clarke pounces on this short one by getting back and across to cut it over point for a boundary. 231/3

62.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Length ball outside off. Clarke tries to punch it through the covers but misses. 227/3

62.1 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Short delivery down the leg side. Clarke gets something on it and helps it down to the fine leg boundary. 227/3

62.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to J Kallis, Full ball outside off. Kallis plays a flowing drive into the ground. The ball bounces over Ponting at short extra and eludes the cover fielder. They take a couple. 208/2

62.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Length ball outside off stump. He punches it to covers. No run. 206/2

62.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, On a length on middle and leg. Kallis tucks it away to mid-wicket. 206/2

62.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Wow! Another lovely on drive. Can't beat the mid on fielder. Pattinson dives well and stops it from getting to the boundary. 206/2

62.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Another good drive straight to mid on, no run again. Kallis is looking really good here. 206/2

62.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Good length ball on off. Kallis drives it straight back to mid on. 206/2

61.6 V Philander to Cowan, Similar line and length, similar shot by Cowan again. And also, similar number od runs taken. The ball goes in front of square leg this time which is the only difference. 223/3

61.5 V Philander to Cowan, On the pads. Cowan flicks it comfortably towards fine leg for a couple. 221/3

Cowan has got to his first hundred in Test cricket. What a gem of an innings it has been by him. He saw three quick wickets fall from the other end early on in the innings. He did not back down as he took the attack to the Protea bowlers with some attacking strokes last evening and continues this morning to get to his maiden hundred. He is jubilant and Clarke comes across to give him a hug.

61.4 V Philander to Cowan, FOUR! Cowan gets there with a boundary! He has looked confident when he picks up the length early. Short on middle. He rocks back and pulls this away to the square leg fence. 219/3

61.4 V Philander to Cowan, NO BALL! Another extra to the total. Cowan drives this full delivery on off straight to mid off. 215/3

61.3 V Philander to Cowan, Pushes Cowan back this time with a back of a length delivery. Cowan defends it off his back foot to the off side. 214/3

Three men in the covers and on the leg side, each saving one.

61.2 V Philander to Cowan, Similar shot to a similar delivery by Cowan. 214/3

61.1 V Philander to Cowan, Fullish length. Cowan gets his front foot forward characteristically and defends it to mid off. 214/3

Hilfy is back on.

61.6 P Siddle to Amla, Fuller on off, Amla mistimes his drive and hits it to mid of. Siddle will be distraught with himself after this over. I doubt he will be getting another in this spell. 206/2

61.5 Siddle to Amla, DROPPED! Like I said, Siddle hasn't looked at his best today. Amla presents a return catch to Siddle as he tries to drive. Siddle gets to it with both hands and in the direction of his follow through. He spills it though to add to his misery. 206/2

61.4 P Siddle to Amla, Ponting at cover is in the firing line today. His hamstring is getting well tested. A crisp drive to a full delivery again by Amla. Ponting dives to his right and stops the ball well. 206/2

61.3 P Siddle to Amla, Expansively driven off his front foot to the covers. Extra cover can't get onto it. However, regulation cover is well placed. 206/2

61.2 P Siddle to Amla, Fullish on off stump. Amla defends it quietly off his front foot to the covers. 206/2

61.1 P Siddle to Amla, A back of a length ball outside off. Amla lets it through to Wade. 206/2

Philander to start from the other end.

60.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Bowls a short one again. Clarke tries to fend it down to the off side. The ball passes just over the outside edge and through to the keeper. 214/3

60.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Full on off stump. Clarke closes the face of the bat and drives it to mid on. 214/3

60.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Bouncer which goes just over Clarke's head as he ducks. de Villiers has to dive forward to collect the dying ball. The first time we see some inconsistency in the carry. 214/3

60.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Length ball outside off stump. Cowan leaves it alone. 214/3

60.2 M Morkel to M Clarke, Fuller and straighter on off. Clarke drives it straight to mid off with a straight bat. 214/3

60.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Length ball outside off stump. Clarke lets it go through to the keeper. 214/3

Siddle has not looked anywhere near his best in this innings yet.

60.6 J Pattinson to J Kallis, Full delivery, driven well and straight to extra cover. 206/2

60.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, Good ball, a yorker on middle. Kallis is experienced enough to dig it out. He has seen more years of international cricket than Pattinson has probably dreamed of with all due respect to the emerging quick. 206/2

60.4 J Pattinson to Kallis, Back of a length delivery outside off. Kallis defends it off the back foot to the covers. 206/2

Kallis gets to his 56th fifty in Tests and 10th against the Aussies.

60.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, FOUR! Class! Kallis rocks back and guides it between point and gully for a well placed four. Commentator's curse on the poor bowler. That wasn't a bad ball at all. 206/2

60.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, Tight ball on off stump. Pattinson has hit a good length in this spell after tea so far. Kallis stays back and pats it to the off side. 202/2

60.1 J Pattinson to Kallis, Length ball on off stump. Kallis stands tall and defends it to the off side. 202/2

The players have made their way out into the middle Michael Clarke will take strike against Morne Morkel. It will be interesting to see if the Aussies continue to dominate in this session or the Proteas turn the tables in their favour.

A very strong partnership from Ed Cowan and Michael Clarke means that this first session belongs to Australia. That doesn't mean that South Africa did not have their chances. Michael Clarke had two leading edges falling safely, a top edge falling in no man's land. Cowan on the other hand, looked like a rock in his technique and also showed tenacity to the bad balls. Morkel and Steyn extracted pace and bounce while Philander seemed useless on this track. Do join us back in a little while for the second session.

59.6 V Philander to Cowan, Excellent. Full delivery and Cowan gets right behind the line to defend that. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 4. 214/3

59.5 V Philander to Cowan, Stays on his front foot and defends that. 214/3

59.5 V Philander to Cowan, No-ball for over-stepping. Bowls it on a length outside off, Cowan leaves it alone, stranded on 98 now. 214/3

59.4 V Philander to Cowan, Cowan has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 213/3

59.3 V Philander to Cowan, A good length delivery, Cowan pushes it to cover-point, calls early for the run then calls it off. Clarke is forced to go back but the fielder misses his shy at the non-striker's end. Clarke was in anyways. 213/3

59.2 V Philander to Clarke, Well wide outside off, short as well, Clarke reaches out and carves it over cover-point to take three runs. 213/3

59.1 V Philander to Clarke, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 210/3

59.6 P Siddle to Amla, Yes he does. A maiden too. A length ball well outside off. Amla lets it go through as well. Good over. 202/2

59.5 P Siddle to Amla, Fullish outside off. Amla stays away from it and leaves it alone. One more ball left and no leg side delivery yet. Will Siddle prove my prediction wrong? 202/2

59.4 P Siddle to Amla, Lovely drive. Full on middle. Amla moves forward and drives it nicely. Mid off comes around and stops the ball. 202/2

59.3 P Siddle to Amla, Fullish on the off stump. Amla has to play at this and defends this from the crease to point. There has to be one ball down the leg side somewhere in this over. That is how it has been throughout the day. 202/2

59.2 P Siddle to Amla, Can't entice Amla to play this one either. On a length and just outside off. Wade has to collect another one. 202/2

59.1 P Siddle to Amla, Good pitched up delivery inviting Amla to drive. He resists and lets it go to the keeper. 202/2

58.6 Morkel to Ed Cowan, FOUR! He moves to 98, not in a very satisfying way though. A short pitched delivery at 136.6 kph, Cowan pulls, finds a top edge which goes over the keeper. Replays show that it was coming only off the helmet, so bonus runs for Cowan. 210/3

58.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Good length on the pads, Clarke works it away past square leg and takes one. 206/3

58.4 M Morkel to Clarke, LUCKY! Morkel bangs this short delivery on middle, kicks off the strip, Clarke is late on reacting and bends down, the ball takes a bit off his glove, goes off his shoulder and falls short of the keeper. 205/3

58.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length delivery, Clarke stays back and pushes it away towards mid on. 205/3

58.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Darts down a good length delivery on the pads, Cowan flicks it down, wide of short leg and takes a single. 205/3

58.1 M Morkel to Cowan, A good length delivery, 134.6 kph, Cowan defends that one solidly. 204/3

58.6 J Pattinson to Kallis, Good rising delivery off a length from the strip. Kallis has to get up tall and defends it well. 202/2

Michael Slater on air feels that Australia will be proud of their efforts for the day if they pick up six wickets by the end of day's play. Doesn't seem likely right now.

58.5 J Pattinson to Kallis, Fullish on off. The ball hits the inside edge of Kallis' bat and thuds into his pads. No run on offer. 202/2

58.4 J Pattinson to Kallis, Length on middle. Kallis tries to flick and misses, is struck on the pads. 202/2

58.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, A back of a length ball on off. Kallis alone knows how he managed to pull it to deep square leg for a couple. That was an extra-ordinary shot. 202/2

58.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, On a length on middle. Kallis brings out his wrists and flicks it to mid on. 200/2

58.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Short and wide and cut away hard to deep point for a single. Clarke continues to maintain a defensive field for the Protea batsmen. 200/2

57.6 V Philander to Clarke, Good length once again, 123.9 kph, punched down to mid on this time. Two maidens on the trot now. 204/3

57.5 V Philander to Clarke, Tight on middle, good length at 127.4 kph, Clarke knocks it down the ground. 204/3

57.4 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery at 126 kph, Clarke sits back and defends. 204/3

57.3 V Philander to Clarke, A full length delivery this time, Clarke gets out on his front foot and pushes it to covers. 204/3

57.2 V Philander to Clarke, On a similar length, on middle, Clarke tucks it away to mid-wicket. 204/3

57.1 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery, 121.6 kph, punched down the ground. 204/3

57.6 P Siddle to Kallis, Fuller length on off. Kallis drives it nicely to mid off. No run though. 199/2

57.5 P Siddle to Kallis, Tight line to Kallis. He defends it from within the crease to the off side. 199/2

57.4 P Siddle to H Amla, Fabulous! Fullish delivery outside off stump. Amla pulls off a brilliant cover drive and beats a diving extra cover and cover. The ball appears to be going to the boundary. Hold on! Warner comes running around from deep cover-point and puts in an excellent dive to save one. 199/2

57.3 P Siddle to Amla, Back of a length on off. Amla taps it with his wrists into the leg side right beside the pitch. 196/2

57.2 P Siddle to Amla, Close and well judged leave. On a length and just outside off stump. Amla stays put and lets it go through. 196/2

57.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Just back of a length outside off. Kallis moves across and taps it down to the leg side for a single. 196/2

Vernon Philander is back into the attack.

56.6 M Morkel to Cowan, A full length delivery, Cowan defends off his front foot. 204/3

56.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Full and wide outside off, Cowan lets it go and AB take it near his head. 204/3

56.4 M Morkel to Cowan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 204/3

56.3 M Morkel to Cowan, A touch good length delivery, Cowan is caught on the thigh pad by getting done in by pace. 204/3

56.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Cowan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 204/3

56.1 M Morkel to Cowan, A good length delivery first up, Cowan sits down in defense. 204/3

56.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Tight ball on middle and off. Amla doesn't know whether to play it off the front or the back foot. Stays in the crease and plays it to point. 195/2

56.5 J Pattinson to Amla, Fuller on off, Amla comes forward and defends it to the covers off the front foot. 195/2

56.4 J Pattinson to Amla, Short of a length ball on off. Amla punches it to the covers again. 195/2

56.3 J Pattinson to Amla, Fullish on off. Amla drives it well, but straight to extra cover. Oh! There are two extra covers for Amla. 195/2

56.2 J Pattinson to Amla, An even better ball. Pitches on a length on middle and straightens. The ball hits high on Amla's bat and dies down onto the off side. 195/2

56.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Full ball on off. Amla defends it off his front foot. That was a good ball. 195/2

Morkel comes in to the attack now.

55.6 G Smith to Clarke, Quick and shortish outside off. Clarke moves back and away and tries to cut but misses it. That was very close to the edge. 204/3

55.5 G Smith to Clarke, Slower through the air outside off. Clarke drives it again to mid off. 204/3

55.4 G Smith to M Clarke, Jumps down again to get to the pitch. Doesn't get there entirely as he drives to mid off. 204/3

55.3 G Smith to Clarke, FOUR! Slapped hard! Clarke gets to the pitch of the ball by coming down the wicket and slams it past the non-striker and into the boundary. 204/3

55.2 G Smith to Cowan, Way down the leg side. Easy pickings for someone who is in his 90s. Turned away behind square for one to bring up the 200 of the innings. 200/3

55.1 G Smith to Clarke, Pushed across the off stump. Clarke comes forward and pushes it to the off side for a single. 199/3

Pattinson comes to bowl now.

55.6 P Siddle to Amla, Similar ball. Amla drives it straighter. Lyon comes around from mid off and cuts it off with a dive. Just one run conceded. Amla is playing some classical shots now. 195/2

55.5 P Siddle to Amla, Full ball on middle and leg. Amla drives it with lovely timing to mid on. No run. 194/2

55.4 P Siddle to Amla, Pitched up outside off. The ball comes in after pitching. Amla lets it go to Wade. 194/2

55.4 P Siddle to Kallis, NO BALL! Wicket on a no ball. Length on middle. Kallis rolls his wrists and tries to flick it to the leg side. The ball takes the leading edge and lobs straight to mid off. The catch is taken and the umpires go upstairs to check the front foot. Yes, it is slightly over the line. It is Kallis. What an expensive fish to get through the net! They take a single too. 194/2

55.3 P Siddle to Kallis, FOUR! Exquisite! Full on the pads and asking for trouble. Kallis gives Siddle trouble by flicking it uppishly to the mid-wicket boundary. 192/2

55.2 P Siddle to J Kallis, Short of a length ball on off. It seemed to have moved in a bit. Kallis moved across and tries to whip it to the leg side but missed. It hit him on his pads. 188/2

55.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Starts off on the pads to Kallis. He tucks it away to the leg side for a couple easily. 188/2

54.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Bowled on a length on middle and off, nips in after pitching. Cowan gets his bat down late and is hit high on his pads. Excites Steyn, but just for half a second. 198/3

54.5 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! Well played! Short ball outside off. Cowan leans back and cuts it behind point and past gully for a boundary. He is into the nineties now. A first time for Cowan. 198/3

54.4 D Steyn to Clarke, Banged in on the off stump line. Clarke gets high on his toes and turns it down to square leg for one. Well played with soft hands. 194/3

54.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Short of a length delivery on off. Clarke gets behind the line and taps it down to the leg side. 193/3

54.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Lovely shot! No mistake this time! Cowan puts his front foot well forward and drives this full delivery outside off through the covers. Rudolph gives a long chase as the batsmen complete three easily. 193/3

54.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Shortish and well outside off. Cowan tries to cut hard but misses it. That was too wide. He should have probably left it. 190/3

Kallis to face Siddle.

The players have made their way back onto the field. Both the batsmen looked set before the tea break. If the Aussies can find a breakthrough it should be now.

The last session will determine who has the last laugh on a day where the bat has dominated the ball so far. Join us for the post tea session in a few minutes.

Amla played some lovely strokes to bring up his 50 and 5000 runs in Tests while Kallis gave him tremendous support as he looks in ominous touch today. The Australian bowlers look clueless as they try to pick up wickets and get on top of the batting.

South Africa lost just the one wicket in the last session, that of Alviro Petersen who stringed a compact innings only to throw it away carelessly in the end.

54.6 Rob Quiney to Amla, Short and wide outside off. Amla lets the last ball before tea go straight to Wade who is keeping up to the stumps. 186/2

Amla stops Quiney at the crease as he is about to deliver the ball.

54.5 Rob Quiney to Amla, Gets some shape into Amla. He flicks it with a thickish inside edge to mid-wicket for a couple. 186/2

54.4 Rob Quiney to Amla, Another defensive shot to this full ball. 184/2

54.3 Rob Quiney to Amla, Fullish on off stump. Amla gives some respect to this dibbly-dobbly bowler. 184/2

54.2 Rob Quiney to H Amla, Fuller on off, Amla drives it straight to mid off. 184/2

54.1 Rob Quiney to Kallis, Starts off with a length ball on off. Kallis defends it to the off side for a single. 184/2

53.6 G Smith to Clarke, Slides on around off, Clarke gets across and works it away on the leg side. 190/3

53.5 G Smith to Clarke, Gets down the track with the use of the feet and blocks that one. 190/3

That is the 150 run stand then for the pair. They have bailed their team out really well after losing three quick wickets yesterday.

53.4 G Smith to Cowan, On middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket for one. 190/3

53.3 G Smith to Cowan, Cowan has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 189/3

53.2 G Smith to Clarke, Gets right across and works it away through mid-wicket for one. 189/3

53.1 G Smith to Clarke, Slides this one on off, Clarke gets out to defend. 188/3

Rob Quiney gets to roll over his arm on debut. He just has three first class wickets.

53.6 N Lyon to Kallis, Flatter and full on off. Kallis drives it to long on for one. 183/2

53.5 N Lyon to H Amla, Similar length. Turns it to mid-wicket for a single. 182/2

53.4 N Lyon to Amla, Slow and tossed up outside off. Amla flicks it to mid-wicket. 181/2

53.3 N Lyon to Kallis, Fullish on off stump. Kallis flicks it away to mid-wicket for one. 181/2

53.2 N Lyon to Amla, Length and turning in. Amla stays back and works it to square leg for one. 180/2

We get the information that the weather forecast for tomorrow is not that great, with showers predicted. Ahem...

53.1 N Lyon to Amla, Lyon tosses it up on off stump. Amla comes forward and defends it onto the off side. Wade comes forward and throws it back to Lyon. 179/2

52.6 D Steyn to Cowan, This came back in a long way on a fuller length, Cowan allowed it through to the keeper. 188/3

52.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Full and wide outside off, 143.4 kph, well outside off and Cowan did not play that. 188/3

52.4 D Steyn to Cowan, A touch short, outside off, Cowan punches it solidly towards mid off. 188/3

52.3 D Steyn to Clarke, Good length delivery on middle, 135 kph, Clarke works it away through mid-wicket and takes one. 188/3

52.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Well outside off, Clarke did not play at that. 187/3

52.2 D Steyn to Clarke, No-ball for over-stepping. A length delivery outside off, left alone. 187/3

52.1 D Steyn to Clarke, A full pitched delivery, 141.7 kph, lands and moves away just a bit, Clarke ends up missing out on that. 186/3

52.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Another punch, third of the over. This time he hits it straighter, towards mid off. No run. 179/2

52.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Well placed this time. Kallis stays back to this back of a length delivery outside off and punches it between cover and point for a couple. 179/2

52.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Good looking punch there by Kallis to this shortish delivery. Finds the cover fielder. 177/2

52.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Good length ball on off. Kallish defends it off his back foot to the off side. 177/2

52.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, FOUR! Runs away! On the pads and that is easy pickings for a player of Kallis' capability. Glances it fine to the left of Wade. 177/2

52.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Back of a length ball just outside off. Kallis lets it go to Wade. 173/2

51.6 G Smith to Cowan, Cowan has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 186/3

51.5 G Smith to Clarke, A low full toss this time, 83.2 kph, Clarke works it away through mid-wicket for a single. 186/3

51.4 G Smith to Clarke, Tight on middle, turning away, Clarke gets out and defends. 185/3

51.3 G Smith to Cowan, Darts it on middle, dug out through mid on this time for a single. 185/3

51.2 G Smith to Cowan, FOUR! A real poor delivery. Short and on middle, Cowan rocks back and pulls it away through mid-wicket for a boundary. 184/3

51.1 G Smith to Cowan, Cowan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 180/3

51.6 N Lyon to Kallis, On the pads as the ball spins in. Kallis flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 173/2

51.5 N Lyon to H Amla, Another short one and Amla attempts to cut again. This time the ball takes a thickish outside edge and flies down to third man. They take three. 172/2

There seems to be some drizzle in the air.

51.4 N Lyon to Amla, Shortish outside off. Amla tries to cut and misses. That passed close to the edge. 169/2

51.3 N Lyon to Amla, Good length on off. Amla moves across and plays into the leg side. 169/2

51.2 N Lyon to Amla, Fuller and slower on off stump. Amla defends it off his front foot to the off side. 169/2

51.1 N Lyon to Amla, Quick and fuller on off. Amla moves across outside off stump and luckily gets bat on to it and tucks it to mid-wicket for a single. 169/2

50.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Almost a wicket there! Clarke has had more than just one life today. This was banged in short with real pace, Clarke was late in reading the line and tries to fend it off the bat, the ball lobs down the ground but falls short of Steyn. What a delivery. 180/3

50.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Good length delivery outside off, Cowan cuts it past point and takes a single. 180/3

50.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Goes full and wide outside off, Cowan drives it firmly straight to mid off. 179/3

50.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Steyn bangs in short again, outside off, Cowan punches it straight to extra cover. 179/3

50.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Full length delivery, Cowan lets it pass through. 179/3

50.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Starts with a short of a length delivery, outside off, Cowan bent back and slashed hard but could not connect. 179/3

50.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Fullish on middle. Kallis presents the full face of his bats and drives it to mid on. 169/2

50.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Length ball on middle. Amla taps it into the leg side. 169/2

50.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Elegant! Full delivery on off. Amla leans into it and drives it through the covers for three. 169/2

Meanwhile, umpire Billy Bowden has given a friendly warning to Ben Hilfenhaus about being close to the danger area.

50.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, A back of a length ball on off. He tries to forcefully whip it to the leg side. The ball doesn't go any further than mid on. 166/2

50.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Length ball on middle. Amla turns this down to the leg side again. No run again. 166/2

50.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Angles in to the pads and Kallis flicks it to deep mid-wicket. 166/2

Dale Steyn is brought back into the attack.

49.6 G Smith to Cowan, Dragged down too short, Cowan goes back and flicks it past square leg for one. 179/3

49.5 G Smith to Clarke, Uses his feet typically to the skipper and bunts it down through mid off for one. 178/3

49.4 G Smith to Clarke, Well tossed up this time, Clarke gets down and tucks it towards square leg. 177/3

49.3 G Smith to Clarke, Flighted down the leg side, Clarke gets his pad out of the way and bats it out. 177/3

49.2 G Smith to Clarke, A touch short, tucked away on the leg side. 177/3

49.1 G Smith to Cowan, Starts with a flatter delivery, tucked away through mid-wicket for a single. 177/3

Hilfenhaus gets a change of ends.

Hashim Amla is now the only batsman to have an average in excess of 50 in Tests and ODIs!

49.6 N Lyon to Kallis, Crowd catch there! Full pitched ball. Hits it hard into the ground and goes straight back to Lyon who holds on to it nicely. 166/2

49.5 N Lyon to Kallis, SIX! Bang! Kallis seizes on this short delivery and pulls it well over deep mid on and into the crowd. Second maximum of the innings. Kallis is cashing in now. 166/2

49.4 N Lyon to Kallis, A touch quicker and full to Kallis. He defends it off his front foot back to the bowler. 160/2

49.3 N Lyon to Amla, Tossed up well outside the off stump. Amla reaches out by stepping down the track and flicks it to long on for one. 160/2

49.2 N Lyon to Amla, Flatter on middle and turns in. Amla turns it down to the on side. 159/2

49.1 N Lyon to Amla, FOUR! Off the middle! Tossed up outside off, Amla drives it handsomely through the covers and into the boundary. 159/2

The skipper, Graeme Smith has now got himself into the attack, a slip in place now.

48.6 J Kallis to Clarke, Pitched up on off stump. Clarke defends it to the covers of the front foot. 176/3

48.5 J Kallis to M Clarke, Good shot to a good ball! Bowls it full on off and comes in after pitching. Clarke spots the movement early and gets into position for a flick past mid on for a couple. 176/3

48.4 J Kallis to Clarke, On the pads. Clarke misses his whip and the ball hits the thigh pad. It rolls away towards fine leg for a couple of leg byes. 174/3

48.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Poorly directed bouncer down the leg side. Clarke has no trouble getting under it. 172/3

This is now Ed Cowan's highest Test score, beating the previous one, 74 against India back in Jan, 2012 at the WACA.

48.2 J Kallis to Cowan, Good length ball just outside off. Cowan gets forward and pushes it to the covers for a quick single. 172/3

48.1 J Kallis to Ed Cowan, Kallis bowls a full delivery outside off. Cowan drives between point and covers for a couple. 171/3

Lyon back on to bowl.

48.6 M Hussey to Kallis, Full and outside off, 113.9 kph, Kallis defends it calmly. An over-excited Wade yells, "OHHHHHHHH!" 155/2

48.5 M Hussey to Kallis, Elegance personified. Full outside off, 115.5 kph, Kallis leans and flicks it wide of mid on for a couple. 155/2

48.4 M Hussey to J Kallis, Full outside off, 113.5 kph, driven straight to mid off. 153/2

5000 Test runs for Hashim Amla! He is also the quickest to reach the landmark - Just 109 innings! Well played, sir!

48.3 M Hussey to Amla, This time a gentle flick, wide of mid-wicket for a run. 153/2

48.2 M Hussey to Kallis, Drives it through the covers for a single. 152/2

48.1 M Hussey to J Kallis, FOUR! Edged away! Full outside off, 114.1 kph, Kallis goes for the drive and gets a thick outside edge. Just eludes a diving Ponting at slip to third man. 151/2

47.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Similar delivery on off stump. Clarke defends it off his back foot again. 169/3

47.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Defends this length ball with the full face of the bat to the off side. 169/3

Brett Lee has come on air to commentate for the first time in this Test.

47.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Shoulders arms to this back of a length delivery. 169/3

47.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Good length ball on off stump. Clarke gets behind the line and defends off his back foot. 169/3

47.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Full delivery outside off. Clarke drives off the front foot and the ball takes a thickish outside edge past gully for a couple. 169/3

47.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Back of a length ball outside off. There was some width there and Clarke tries to cut and find the bottom edge to chop it on to the keeper. 167/3

47.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to H Amla, Good shot but another brilliant piece of fielding! Amla reaches out to yet another full and wide delivery outside off and drives it through the covers. The ball races away but David Warner races across from deep cover and dives full length to his right to stop the ball. Two runs taken. 11 from the over! 147/2

24th Test Fifty for Hashim Amla, 5th against Australia!

47.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, FOUR! Fantastic! The run machine is in full flow. That too, I guess, is an understatement. Half volley outside off, 134.1 kph, Amla leans and drives it beautifully through the covers. Not a soul to stop that. 145/2

47.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Back of a length outside off, solidly defended. 141/2

47.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Good shot, excellemnt fielding. Full outside off, 134.5 kph, swinging away, Kallis leans and pounches it swetly throuygh mid off. However, Ed Cowan at mid off dives full length to his left and stops the ball. A single taken. 141/2

47.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Full and just outside off, 134.2 kph, defended solidly. 140/2

47.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, FOUR! Crack! Short and wide outside off, 131.3 kph, Kallis rocks back and literally slaps it over gully to third man! 140/2

46.6 J Kallis to Cowan, Short ball angled across Cowan. He cuts it straight to point. 167/3

46.5 J Kallis to M Clarke, Over pitched outside off and Clarke drives well to the left of mid off. Steyn dives and makes a good stop. Just one run. 167/3

46.4 J Kallis to Cowan, Angled across again, Cowan leans forward and pushes it to the covers and into the gap for a single. 166/3

46.3 J Kallis to Cowan, Pitches on off stump and angles away past the batsman. Cowan lets it through. 165/3

46.2 J Kallis to Cowan, Good full ball on off stump. Cowan gets forward confidently and defends it to the off side. 165/3

46.1 J Kallis to Cowan, Kallis angles it across Cowan who lets it through to the keeper. 165/3

46.6 M Hussey to Amla, Full on middle and leg, 112.9 kph, Amla stumbles forward to defend. 136/2

46.5 M Hussey to Kallis, Slightly short outside off, 111 kph, punched nicely through the covers, on the up for a run. 136/2

46.4 M Hussey to Kallis, Landed on a length outside off, very tight line this, nicely blocked. 135/2

46.3 M Hussey to Kallis, Well bowled, full and straight, driven with a straight face to mid on. 135/2

46.2 M Hussey to H Amla, A bit of shape now, going away from the batsman, steered through the covers for a single. 135/2

46.1 M Hussey to H Amla, Full outside off, 113 kph, driven straight to mid off. 134/2

45.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Clarke comes forward to this length ball and defends it with a straight bat. 165/3

45.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, On the corridor on uncertainty, Glen McGrath says on air. Clarke leaves it alone. 165/3

45.5 R Kleinveldt to M Clarke, WIDE! Bowls it very short and high over Clarke'e head. It is the first wide of the match 165/3

45.4 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Pushed up fuller outside off. Cowan comes forward and plays it with an open face to the covers to take a quick single. 164/3

45.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good length ball on off. Cowan stays back and defends it to the off side. 163/3

45.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Lets this one through as it is bowled well outside off. 163/3

45.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Length ball outside off stump. Cowan leaves it alone for de Villiers to collect it. 163/3

Michael Hussey to bowl now. Replaces Pattinson.

45.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, That's a monster. Wide outside off, almost outside the pitch, left alone. Lucky not to be wided. 134/2

45.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Good length delivery outside off, 131.6 kph, cautiously defended. 134/2

45.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Back to bowling wide outside off and letting them be. 134/2

45.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Now a bit of action. Kallis tries to make something happen by walking across and down the pitch and Hilfenhaus' reply is to bowl on and around the off stump. Kallis is cramped for room and is forced to defend. 134/2

45.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Same line, same action. 134/2

45.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Kallis, Starts off with a wide delivery outside off, 130.3 kph, left alone. 134/2

The commentators on air seem bored as they are discussing alcohol they got during their various tours.

44.6 J Kallis to Clarke, Length ball outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 163/3

44.5 J Kallis to Clarke, Pitched slightly up outside off stump. Clarke plays a half drive and finds the inside edge. The ball goes down to mid on. 163/3

44.4 J Kallis to Clarke, Kallis is mixing it up well in his second over. Bangs this one short on middle. Clarke ducks under it. 163/3

44.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Gets it back of a good length. Clarke gets behind it and defends it off the back foot. 163/3

44.2 J Kallis to Clarke, Pitched up outside off. Clarke goes for a wild drive as the ball moves in slightly and goes through the big gap between bat and pad and through to the keeper. 163/3

44.1 J Kallis to Clarke, Short of a length ball and swinging away from Clarke. He lets it through. 163/3

Ben Hilfenhaus is back on. 13-4-23-0 so far. Replaces Siddle. Clarke has been trying frantically to rotate his quicks but none of his faster bowlers have looked comfortable for a long period from either end.

44.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Brilliant fielding! Short outside off, 140.2 kph, Amla cuts it with force but Michael Hussey at gully dives to his right to produce a clean stop. 134/2

44.5 J Pattinson to Amla, Goes back and steers it straight to gully. 134/2

44.4 J Pattinson to Amla, FOUR! Fine shot. Just a touch short outside off, 139.7 kph, a bit of width too, Amla rocks back and crunches it through the covers. 134/2

44.3 J Pattinson to Kallis, Nice batting. This time he does not go hard at the ball but just taps it with soft hands towards extra cover and gets a single. 130/2

44.2 J Pattinson to Kallis, Landed outside off, 136 kph, punched straight to point this time. 129/2

44.1 J Pattinson to Kallis, Short outside off, 135.4 kph, Kallis cuts it into the ground towards gully where Michael Hussey dives to his right and parries the ball to point. 129/2

43.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Kleinveldt brings it back in off a length and hits Cowan on his thigh pad. Good ball that! 163/3

43.5 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Shortish length on middle and off. Cowan pulls it well to the right of deep square leg for a couple. 163/3

43.4 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Short of a length outside off stump. Cut away straight to point. 161/3

43.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good tight line on off stump. Cowan defends it from within the crease. 161/3

43.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, NO BALL! He is over stepping consistently. Just outside off stump on a length as Cowan leaves it alone. This is now the highest 4th wicket partnership at the Gabba. The previous one was 120, held by Norm O'Neill and Brian Booth back in 1963. 161/3

43.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Pitched up on off stump. Cowan comes forward and blocks it into the off side. 160/3

43.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Pitched up on off stump. Clarke plays a good looking drive to mid off. Steyn mis-fields and they get an extra couple of runs. 160/3

43.6 P Siddle to Amla, That is a ripper! Pitched on a length outside off, 138.6 kph, comes in, Amla looks to defend but at the last moment, the ball moves away to not only beat the outside edge but also miss the stumps! 129/2

Vegetables! Be vegetarian! No, that is not me but the on-air commentators who have been going on and on and on about Siddle's renewed vigour and fitness. They inform us that Siddle told them that ever since he cut down on meat, he has grown fitter.

43.5 P Siddle to Amla, Outside off, 134.4 kph, left alone. 129/2

43.4 P Siddle to Amla, Another bouncer, 134.6 kph, ducked under again. 129/2

43.3 P Siddle to Amla, Another short ball, outside off, 135.1 kph, Amla ducks under it. 129/2

43.2 P Siddle to Amla, Good length delivery this time, coming in from outside off, a bit of extra bounce, 134.4 kph, Amla hops and defends it back to the bowler. 129/2

43.1 P Siddle to Kallis, Short on middle, Kallis shuffles across and plays the Nataraja shot to fine leg for a single. 129/2

There is a slight delay in the resumption as Clarke is getting his helmet fixed.

The umpire calls for the first drinks break of day 4. The Aussies have done well in the first hour. They have played some good shots and defended well too.

42.6 J Kallis to Cowan, Pitches this well up to the bat on off stump. Cowan offers a dead bat to it as the ball rolls away back to the bowler. 157/3

42.5 J Kallis to Cowan, Shoulders arms to this length ball outside off. 157/3

42.4 J Kallis to Cowan, Pitched up and angled across off stump. Cowan gets forward and pushes it to the off side. 157/3

42.3 J Kallis to Clarke, Back of a length on middle and leg. Clarke lets it come on to him and tucks it away to fine leg for one. 157/3

42.2 J Kallis to Clarke, Pitched up outside off and comes in off the strip. Clarke drives and gets an inside edge. The ball goes down to mid on. 156/3

42.1 J Kallis to Clarke, A good length ball just outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 156/3

42.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Short of a length just outside off, 138.3 kph, Amla shoulders arms to it. 128/2

42.5 J Pattinson to Amla, Outside off, left alone. 128/2

42.4 J Pattinson to Kallis, Full on middle, 139.7 kph, Kallis gets across and works it wide of mid on for a run. 128/2

42.3 J Pattinson to Amla, Gets across and works it behind square leg for a single. 127/2

42.2 J Pattinson to Amla, Full and wide outside off, 138 kph, Amla misses out on the drive. There is a noise as the ball goes past but no appeal. 126/2

42.1 J Pattinson to H Amla, Short and wide outside off, Amla cuts it towards point where David Warner dives to his right and stops the ball. 126/2

45 runs in the session so far as King Kallis comes in to bowl.

41.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Bowls it wide outside the off stump and full. Cowan is drawn into the drive. The ball moves away after pitching and Cowan misses it. 156/3

41.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Pitched up on off stump. Clarke closes the face of the bat slightly and drives it past the umpire and for a single down the ground. 156/3

41.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Just back of a length and just outside off. Clarke lets it go on length. 155/3

41.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, NO BALL! Tight line on off stump. Clarke defends it off the back foot. 155/3

41.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Pitched up on off stump. Cowan drives well to wide mid off for a single. 154/3

41.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A fuller delivery outside off. Clarke comes well forward and plays a drives past mid off for three. 153/3

41.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Kelinveldt goes wide of the crease and angles this one in on a length. What happens after that leaves Clarke stunned as it straightens and beats his bat. 150/3

James Pattinson is back on. 12-2-34-1 so far. Replaces Lyon.

41.6 P Siddle to Kallis, Short and wide outside off, 137.2 kph, Kallis gets across and sways away. 126/2

41.5 P Siddle to Kallis, Another bouncer outside off, ducked under again. 126/2

41.4 P Siddle to Kallis, A bouncer outside off, Kallis ducks under it. 126/2

41.3 P Siddle to Kallis, Way outside off, left alone. 126/2

41.2 P Siddle to Amla, Short and outside off, Amla hops and flashes it down to Ricky Ponting at third man - yes, third man. A single taken. Already Clarke is on the defensive. 126/2

41.1 P Siddle to Amla, Short ball outside off, with a bit of zip and bounce, played towards point. 125/2

40.6 M Morkel to Cowan, Another good short ball on off. The ball is shooting up well of a length, probably because of Morkel's height. Cowan drops his wrists and lets it through. 150/3

40.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Length ball just outside off. Cowan lets it through. 150/3

40.4 M Morkel to Cowan, A stinging bouncer there! Bangs it in short on off, the ball moves in sharply after pitching. Cowan sways away from it really well. de Villiers collects it way down the leg side as the ball kept going in with the angle. 150/3

40.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Back of a length ball on off stump. The ball rises sharply and Cowan tends to the bounce well by turning it down to the on side. 150/3

40.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Good length ball outside off. Cowan gets forward and drives it to mid off. 150/3

40.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Good length ball just outside off. Cowan lets it through to the keeper. 150/3

DRINKS BREAK. 35 runs in 14 overs since Lunch. Australia have managed to put a lid on the proceedings. That has also resulted in the wicket of Petersen. Amla is looking great out there and even Kallis seems to be in fine touch. Would be a great task in front of the young Aussie bowlers to ask questions to the Protea middle order.

40.6 N Lyon to Kallis, Tossed up outside off, Kallis lunges forward to defend. 125/2

40.5 N Lyon to Amla, Works it towards mid-wicket for a run. 125/2

40.4 N Lyon to Kallis, More lovely stuff from the King. Comes forward, lifts his left leg in the air and whips it through mid-wicket for a single. 124/2

40.3 N Lyon to J Kallis, Elegant stuff. Comes forward and whips it straight to mid on. 123/2

40.2 N Lyon to Kallis, Thrown up again, Kallis drives again but it is cut off by mid off. 123/2

40.1 N Lyon to Kallis, FOUR! Fabulous! There goes King Kallis! Tossed up invitingly outside off, 85.5 kph, Kallis leans into this one and drives it through extra covers for a boundary! 123/2

39.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Just short of a good length outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 150/3

39.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A similar length ball. Clarke resorts to his back foot push to the off side again. 150/3

39.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Good length ball on off and Clarke defends it off his back foot. Seems like Allan Donald had a strong word with Kleinveldt last night. He is bowling well here. 150/3

39.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Pitched slightly up outside off. Clarke leaves it alone and de Villiers collects it at head height. 150/3

39.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Another good length ball angled into Cowan. He turns it away to wide mid on for a single. The 150 is up for the Aussies. 150/3

39.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good tight line on middle and off, angled in too. Cowan defends it from within the crease by getting well behind it. Kleinveldt seems to be correcting his length here. 149/3

39.6 P Siddle to Amla, Landed outside off, watchfully defended. 119/2

39.5 P Siddle to Amla, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 119/2

39.4 P Siddle to Amla, Landed outside off, watchfully defended. 119/2

39.3 P Siddle to Amla, Good length delivery outside off, 134.5 kph, Amla lets it go through. 119/2

39.2 P Siddle to Amla, Another short ball, this time on target, outside off, 138 kph, Amla ducks under iy. 119/2

39.1 P Siddle to Amla, Coming in from around the wicket, landed just outside leg, Amla shuffles across and allows it through. 119/2

38.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length ball just outside off stump. Clarke shoulders his arms comfortably to that one. 149/3

38.5 M Morkel to Clarke, A good short delivery on off stump. Clarke drops his wrist very technically and lets it go through. 149/3

38.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Fuller on a good length on off. Clarke gets behind it and defends it from within the crease. 149/3

38.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Good use of the short ball. Banged in on middle and Clarke ducks under it. 149/3

38.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length ball on off and moving in. Clarke stays tall on his toes and turns it down to leg gully. 149/3

38.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Morkel angles this on to the pads. Cowan turns it past leg gully for a single to fine leg. 149/3

38.6 N Lyon to Kallis, Tossed up on the pads. Kallis flicks it to mid-wicket. 119/2

38.5 N Lyon to Kallis, Angling it across Kallis there. He defends it neatly off his front foot. 119/2

Jacques Kallis, with an average of 56.94 walks in at no. 4.

38.4 N Lyon to Petersen, OUT! He has thrown it away! Gives it some air and the ball dips sharply on off stump. Petersen's eyes light up and he tries to loft it over mid on. But, he can't clear Hussey over there. That is a waste of a wicket. 119/2

38.3 N Lyon to Amla, Full on middle and leg. Amla flicks it to mid-wicket for one. They are milking Lyon now. 119/1

38.2 N Lyon to Petersen, Slow ball on middle. Petersen chips down the track and punches it down to long on for a single. 118/1

38.1 N Lyon to Amla, Flighted up on leg stump. Amla comfortably rolls his wrists over it and plays it to deep square leg for a single. 117/1

37.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Angled into the pads as Cowan flicks it to the on side for a single. 148/3

37.5 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Fuller delivery outside off stump. Cowan comes on to the front foot and defends it into the ground. 147/3

37.4 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, The ball is angled in from a length and leaves the batsmen a tad. Cowan is beaten as he has a prod at it. 147/3

37.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Leading edge and safe! Back of a length ball on off stump. Clarke tries to tuck it away to the on side. The ball stops a bit after pitching and hits high on his bat after which it flies over mid on for a single. 147/3

Clarke gets to his 23rd Test 50 and 4th against the Proteas.

37.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Fuller outside off stump. Clarke leans in and plays a squarish drive. Doesn't time it well and they come back for a second. 146/3

37.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Short of a good length outside off. Clarke punches it well to the covers. 144/3

37.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, NO BALL! Kleinveldt bowls a no ball to start off. He bowled a few yesterday too. Length ball outside off. Clarke lets it through. 144/3

37.6 P Siddle to Petersen, Better line and length on off. Hurries Petersen to play the ball down onto the pitch. That did not rise as much as Alviro had expected. 116/1

37.5 P Siddle to A Petersen, FOUR! Smashed away! That was just back of a length ball outside off. Petersen rocks back and fetches this from outside the off stump and pulls it to the mid-wicket boundary. 116/1

37.4 P Siddle to Petersen, Full on off stump. Amla drives it to mid on. No run. 112/1

37.3 P Siddle to Petersen, Back of a length ball outside off. Petersen shoulders arms to it. Good carry to Wade. 112/1

37.2 P Siddle to Petersen, On the pads, Petersen tucks it down to fine leg. They run quickly for a couple. 112/1

37.1 P Siddle to Petersen, Fuller length on middle and leg. Petersen drives it straight back to the mid on fielder. 110/1

Rory Kleinveldt comes into the attack.

36.6 M Morkel to Cowan, Length ball outside off. The ball doesn't come in this time as Cowan lets it go through. 143/3

36.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Just back of a length ball outside off. Cowan leaves it alone. 143/3

36.4 M Morkel to Cowan, That was angled in off a length on off. Cowan was hurried into the nudge past leg gully. Amla runs hard and throws well to the keeper. Cowan gets back just in the nick of time to complete the couple. 143/3

36.3 M Morkel to Cowan, This time bowls a similar length but just outside off stump. Cowan stays back and dabs it to the covers and shouts out loudly to Clarke - NO! 141/3

36.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Back of a length on middle and leg. On the ribs of Cowan who does well to tap it down to the leg side calmly. 141/3

36.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Just back of a length ball on off. Comes in with the angle. Cowan stays back and defends it to the on side. 141/3

Siddle is back on.

36.6 N Lyon to Petersen, Flatter this time on middle and leg. Petersen turns it to the leg side. This time the ball goes into the gap and they take a single. 110/1

36.5 N Lyon to Petersen, Petersen looks quiet. Turns it down to the leg side towards mid-wicket. 109/1

36.4 N Lyon to Amla, Chips down the track to this flighted delivery on leg stump and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single to get Petersen on strike. 109/1

36.3 N Lyon to H Amla, Amla looks keen to drive here. Lyon tosses it up outside off. Amla drives it straight to cover. 108/1

36.2 N Lyon to Amla, Shortish on middle. Amla gives himself some room and cuts it past point for a couple. 108/1

36.1 N Lyon to Amla, Lyon bowls it on the stumps. The ball turns in and Amla defends it off his back foot. 106/1

35.6 V Philander to Clarke, Pushed outside off on a length. Clarke shoulders arms to it. 141/3

35.5 V Philander to Clarke, Just outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 141/3

35.4 V Philander to Clarke, Tight line on off stump. Clarke gets behind the line and defends it back on to the wicket. 141/3

35.3 V Philander to M Clarke, Good punch off the back foot, but straight to mid off. 141/3

35.2 V Philander to Clarke, Bouncer on off stump, well directed. Clarke gets out of the way very well. 141/3

Clarke and Cowan bring up their 100 run stand.

35.1 V Philander to Clarke, On a length on off stump. Clarke stays back and tries to whip it to the leg side. The ball takes the leading edge and flies over point. Clarke is lucky not to have found the fielder. They take a couple. 141/3

Around the wicket now, Lyon.

35.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Flicks this full ball on middle towards mid-wicket where Ponting makes a diving stop to his left. Saved a certain couple. 106/1

Clarke seems to be unhappy with the decision. He appears to have told the umpire something too.

35.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Another front foot defensive shot on to the pitch by Petersen. 106/1

35.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Full delivery on off. Defended on to the off side off the front foot. 106/1

35.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Length ball on middle and off. Petersen plays a walking defensive shot on to the leg side. 106/1

35.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, On middle stump on a length. Petersen turns it to mid-wicket. No run. 106/1

35.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Pitched up on off stump. Petersen plonks his front foot forward confidently and defends it to the covers. 106/1

34.6 M Morkel to Cowan, FOUR! Good shot! Fuller delivery on off stump. Cowan drives it with a slightly open faced bat to the left of mid off and picks up a boundary. 139/3

34.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Just outside off on a length. Cowan leaves it through to de Villiers. 135/3

34.4 M Morkel to Cowan, Cowan is careful this time. Bowled on a length outside off and Cowan leaves it alone. 135/3

34.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Good ball angled into off stump and moving away at the last second. Cowan is drawn forward to defend and is beaten eventually. Lovely delivery! 135/3

34.2 M Morkel to Cowan, That one is pushed closer to the off stump. Cowan shoulders arms to it again. This time the ball goes closer to the off stump causing everyone to jump in excitement. 135/3

34.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Just back of a length ball outside off. Cowan shoulders arms to it. 135/3

34.6 N Lyon to Amla, Amla defends this full delivery off his front foot off his pads to the leg side. 106/1

34.5 N Lyon to Petersen, Length ball outside off and turning in towards middle. Petersen moves across and tucks it away to fine leg for one. 106/1

34.4 N Lyon to Petersen, Flight outside off. Flicked straight to mid-wicket. 105/1

34.3 N Lyon to Petersen, Slow and tossed up outside off to Petersen. He pops forward and defends it to the off side. 105/1

34.2 N Lyon to Amla, Full again on off. Amla works it to square leg for a single. 105/1

34.1 N Lyon to Amla, Tosses it up outside off stump asking Amla to drive. He does but hits it straight to the bowler. 104/1

Morne Morkel comes om to bowl, replacing Steyn. Around the wicket to Cowan.

33.6 V Philander to Cowan, Back of a length on the pads. Cowan tucks it away to deep square leg for one. 135/3

33.5 V Philander to Cowan, Length ball just outside off stump. Cowan defends it to the covers off the front foot. 134/3

33.4 V Philander to Cowan, On a length on off stump. Cowan drives it harder this time to mid off with a dead straight bat. 134/3

33.3 V Philander to Cowan, Full on middle and off. Cowan drives it to mid on. 134/3

33.3 V Philander to Cowan, NO BALL! Length ball on middle and leg. Cowan misses his flick. The keeper and the slip cordon looked excited before realizing that it was a no ball. 134/3

33.2 V Philander to Cowan, Tight line and length on off. Cowan stays put and defends it off the back foot to mid off. 133/3

33.1 V Philander to Cowan, Pitched up just outside off stump. Cowan gets forward and defends it to the covers. 133/3

It has become overcast now as Lyon comes into bowl.

33.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Petersen gets across to the good length delivery to the off side and plays it down to the pitch with soft hands. 104/1

33.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Gets behind the line of this back of a length ball and defends it on to the off side. 104/1

33.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Defends this off the back foot to point. 104/1

33.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, FOUR! Finally the cut finds the boundary! Short ball and wide outside off. Enough room for Petersen to cut to the point fence. 104/1

33.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, NOT OUT! Lovely ball there by Hilfenhaus! A yorker on off and middle. Petersen is struck on the pad first and then on the bat. The ball rolls down to the wicket. The third umpire's going through a few replays here. Hawk eye shows that the impact was very close to off stump and it remains the umpire's call. The Aussies have lost their second referral. 100/1

Shout for an LBW! Clarke calls for the referral as the umpire turns the appeal down.

33.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to A Petersen, The cut shot is finding the point fielder all the time here. Third one after lunch. Short and wide outside off stump. Petersen does what Amla has been doing. Finding point on the cut. 100/1

32.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Bangs this one short. But, not well directed. It is outside the off stump. Clarke drops his wrists and lets it go through. 133/3

32.5 D Steyn to M Clarke, Good length delivery on off. Clarke moves slightly across and drives it to mid on which is straighter now after the boundary earlier in the over. 133/3

32.4 D Steyn to Clarke, Pushes this one just outside off. Clarke lets it through. 133/3

32.3 D Steyn to Clarke, FOUR! Dumbfounded! Clarke plays a lovely straight drive to this full delivery on off stump. Second for him on day 4. 133/3

32.2 D Steyn to Clarke, Full delivery just outside off. Clarke drives it to the covers. 129/3

32.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Pitched up on off. Cowan gets well forward and pushes it past mid off for a single. Both batsmen look super confident. 129/3

32.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Short ball outside of. Amla doesn't make much use of the width provided. Cuts it straight to point. No run. 100/1

32.5 J Pattinson to Petersen, On the pads on a length. Petersen tucks it down to fine leg for a single. South Africa bring up their 100. 100/1

32.4 J Pattinson to Petersen, Fullish on middle. He drives it down to mid on. 99/1

32.3 J Pattinson to Petersen, Full length ball just outside off. He gets across to cover the line and defends it straight back. 99/1

Petersen gets to his fourth Test 50. It has been a confident innings by him.

32.2 J Pattinson to Petersen, Full and angling in. Petersen flicks it past mid on for a couple to get to his fifty. 99/1

32.1 J Pattinson to Petersen, Good length ball on off. Petersen takes a step down the pitch and defends it off his front foot into the on side. 97/1

31.6 V Philander to Clarke, Another length delivery just outside off. Clarke leaves it for de Villiers to handle the ball. 128/3

31.5 V Philander to Clarke, Closer to off. Clarke still comes forward and leaves it alone. He knows where his off stump is. 128/3

31.4 V Philander to Clarke, Another full delivery just outside off. Clarke lets it go through. He isn't hitting the right line. The length looks good and the swing too. 128/3

31.3 V Philander to Clarke, Good length ball on off stump. Clarke defends it off the back foot. 128/3

31.2 V Philander to Clarke, Pitched up outside off. Clarke gets well forward and shoulders arms to it. 128/3

31.1 V Philander to Clarke, Length ball moving outwards after pitching just outside off. Clarke leaves it alone. 128/3

31.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Tight line and length on middle. Tapped down to the on side. Maiden over for the Aussies. 97/1

Damien Fleming opines that the pitch might quicken up in the second session but with the ball getting older, patience is the key.

31.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Full on middle and off. Amla tries to turn it to the on side but finds a leading edge. The ball goes one bounce to the fielder atmid off. 97/1

31.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Back of a length on middle. Amla waits for the ball till the last moment and turns his wrists to drop it on to the on side. 97/1

31.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Fullish length on off. Amla defends it off his front foot straight back. 97/1

31.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Just a fraction short and Amla pounces on it with a cut but finds Warner at point. 97/1

31.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Bowls a length ball just outside off. Amla defends it back on to the wicket with a straight bat off his back foot. 97/1

30.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Closer to the off stump. But Cowan judges it well, comes forward and leaves it alone. 128/3

30.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Bowls it wide outside off. Cowan lets it go through to the keeper. 128/3

30.4 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! Some luck there for Cowan! Just short of a length and angled across Cowan. He shapes up to play but shoulders arms to it. The ball hits the inside edge of the bat and goes past de Villiers and into the boundary behind. First blemish from Cowan today. 128/3

30.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Another one brought back in. Cowan drives it to mid on. 124/3

30.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Good ball! Pitched up on off and comes back in. Cowan is equal to the task and gets his front foot out of the way and defends it back to the bowler. 124/3

30.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Pushes this outside off stump. Cowan lets it go through. 124/3

30.7 J Pattinson to Petersen, Landed outside off, watchfully defended. This was the 7th BALL of the over. 97/1

30.6 J Pattinson to Petersen, Good length ball just outside off. Petersen defends it commendably off his back foot to the covers. 97/1

30.5 J Pattinson to Petersen, Just short of a length and outside off. Petersen punches it to the covers. No run. 97/1

30.4 J Pattinson to Petersen, Length ball on off. Petersen moves across with his back foot and defends it down to the on side. 97/1

30.3 J Pattinson to Petersen, Pattinson gets this one to come in slightly and Petersen adjusts well to turn it to fine leg for a couple. 97/1

30.2 J Pattinson to Petersen, Nagging line and length just outside off. Nearly squares Petersen up as he defends it down with soft hands towards the slips. 95/1

30.1 J Pattinson to Petersen, Pattinson has got his length right here. Fullish on off stump. Turned down to the on side. No run. 95/1

29.6 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke is finally drawn into a tentative push outside the off stump. On a length just outside off, Clarke plonks his bat at it and is beaten. Good ball to end the over. 124/3

29.5 V Philander to Clarke, Just back of a length ball. Clarke punches it away to the covers. 124/3

29.4 V Philander to Clarke, Straighter line and length on middle. Clarke turns it down to mid-wicket. 124/3

Steyn is getting some strapping on his ankles just outside the ropes.

29.3 V Philander to Clarke, Pushed wider this time outside off. Clarke comes forward and watchfully lets it go through. 124/3

29.2 V Philander to Clarke, Betters the line to the off side. Full and just outside the off stick. Clarke shoulders arms to it. 124/3

29.1 V Philander to Clarke, Full on the pads and Clarke flicks it past mid on. The fielder gives it a long chase and the batmen have enough time to run four. Lovely running. 124/3

29.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Holds the length back a bit. Amla defends it to the covers off his front foot. 95/1

29.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Fullish outside off. Amla drives it flamboyantly off his front foot but straight to point. 95/1

29.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Punches this short of a length ball off his back foot to the covers. 95/1

29.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to H Amla, FOUR! EDGED! Length ball on off. Amla plays it with soft hands as the ball takes the edge and falls short right between Ponting and Clarke at second and first slip respectively and into the boundary behind. 95/1

29.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Similar length on off stump this time. Amla plays it defensively with a straight blade to the off side. 91/1

29.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Good line and length on middle by Hilfy. Amla stays back and pats it dead back onto the pitch. 91/1

28.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Cowan is getting his front foot well forward to these full deliveries now. Full outside off and defended to the covers. 120/3

28.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Good solid front foot defense to this full delivery just outside off. Cowan is moving his feet very well. 120/3

28.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Full and well outside off. Cowan lets it go through. 120/3

28.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Again a bit wide outside off on a length. This is the time they need to make the batsmen play, before it is too late and they get well set. 120/3

28.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Pushed up just outside off stump. Cowan wants nothing with that one. Leaves it alone. 120/3

28.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Bowled full and wide outside off. Cowan shoulders arms to that one. 120/3

28.6 J Pattinson to Petersen, Pitched up just outside the off stump. Left alone by Petersen. 91/1

28.5 J Pattinson to Petersen, Tight line on middle and off. Petersen defends it off his back foot to the off side. 91/1

28.4 J Pattinson to Petersen, This time he gets some shape into Petersen off a length. he adjusts well and plays it towards mid-wicket. 91/1

28.3 J Pattinson to Petersen, Full length, trying to swing the ball after pitching it on middle. It doesn't swing and Petersen plays it to mid on with a straight bat. 91/1

28.2 J Pattinson to Petersen, Fuller on middle stump. Petersen turns it down to mid-wicket. No run again. 91/1

28.1 J Pattinson to Petersen, Good questioning line and length on off. Petersen moves across and pats it onto the leg side off his back foot. 91/1

27.6 V Philander to Clarke, Better line this time. On middle stump. Makes Clarke play and he defends with a straight bat. 120/3

27.5 V Philander to Clarke, Make them play Phily! That was sprayed wider outside off. Clarke leaves it alone again. He is not going to get tempted easily to play a booming drive. 120/3

27.4 V Philander to Clarke, Good length delivery just outside off. Clarke allows the ball to meet the keeper's gloves. 120/3

Clarke has taken off his sweater. He was probably feeling the heat out there. The slips are fairly close to each other.

27.3 V Philander to Clarke, Pitched up outside off and swings away. Clarke leaves it alone. 120/3

27.3 V Philander to Clarke, NO BALL! Just short of a length outside off stump. Clarke lets it go through. 120/3

27.2 V Philander to Cowan, Another one way down the leg side. Cowan flicks it away down to fine leg for a single. Cowan is looking at home. 119/3

27.1 V Philander to Cowan, Bowls on the pads first up. He gets tucked away to fine leg for a couple. 118/3

Pattinson to bowl from the other end.

27.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Fullish on middle and leg. Amla plays a crisp on drive straight to straightish mid on. 91/1

27.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Back of a length on middle. Amla stays tall and defends it back onto the wicket. 91/1

27.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, On the pads this time, trying to swing it outwards from leg. Petersen easily works it to the leg side for one. 91/1

27.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Good length line on off. Petersen stays back and defends it off his back foot to point. 90/1

27.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Short of a length delivery outside off. Petersen punches it to the covers. No run again. Can't find the gap. 90/1

Hilfy pulls out of the delivery at the last moment.

27.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Full on the off stump. Driven straight to the covers. No run. 90/1

He was wicket-less yesterday. The Aussies tackled his lively pace well.

Vernon Philander will start from the other end.

26.6 D Steyn to M Clarke, FOUR! Lovely drive! Clarke gets on the front foot to this fullish length delivery and drives it past Steyn and beats mid off to the boundary. Good way to get his first runs of the day. 116/3

26.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Another good length ball on off. Clarke drives it to mid off. 112/3

26.4 D Steyn to Clarke, Good tight line and length in the channel. Clarke stays back and defends it off the back foot. 112/3

Cowan gets to his 4th Test 50. Cowan did not walk out to the middle today, he RAN out. He looked very eager to get out in the middle.

26.3 D Steyn to Cowan, On middle stump and swinging in, Cowan flicks it away to deep square leg to bring up his half century. He has played a gem of a knock so far. He will surely look to convert this one into a biggie. 112/3

26.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Shoulders arms to it yet again. 111/3

26.1 D Steyn to Cowan, We are up and running. Good length delivery angled across a bit. Cowan lets it go through. 111/3

The Australians are back on the field after lunch and need to come up with some better plans to get rid of the Proteas batsmen. Amla and Petersen will try to continue their good work. Hilfenhaus to start proceedings.

Meanwhile, this is what Ayaz Memon has to say about this game so far. "Riveting 1st session btwn SA and Oz. SA on top but Oz not quite down under yet. Oz unlucky not to have got Amla for a blob. How heavy is the price they will have to pay? Will SA suffer for not including a spinner?" he tweets.

The Aussies bowled on the shorter side today. There was some seam movement for the pacers and some spin and bounce for Lyon too. The quickies did not tap the movement well enough, letting the Proteas get on top of them. Do join us for the second session soon.

"It's time for some lunch", remarks Billy Bowden. The South Africans have looked solid in the first session. They did lose Smith early. However, Amla and Petersen did not show any signs of missing him on the wicket and consolidated to take them into a good position after the first two hours of play.

26.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Gets behind the line of the length delivery on off and taps it to the leg side. 90/1

26.5 J Pattinson to Amla, Fuller on middle. Amla drives it straight back past silly mid on for a couple. 90/1

26.5 J Pattinson to Petersen, NO BALL! Short of a length ball on off. Petersen dabs it to the covers. No run. No, I guess, he is not feeling hungry anymore. 88/1

26.4 J Pattinson to Petersen, On the pads again, but this time on a length. Petersen works it away past fine leg and they come back for the second. Well run. 86/1

26.3 J Pattinson to Petersen, Full and on the pads. Petersen will feel that he missed out on the flick as he gets hit on his pads. 84/1

26.2 J Pattinson to Petersen, Better line this time. On the stumps. Petersen defends it to the leg side. 84/1

26.1 J Pattinson to Petersen, FOUR! Poor delivery! Seems like Pattinson is already feeling hungry. Bangs it short and outside off. Not very fast either. Petersen cuts it past point and into the fence. 84/1

There are the players. The South Africans have taken their positions in the filed. Cowan will take strike against Dale Steyn.

The weather is overcast. We had a beautiful morning a few minutes back at the Gabba though. We should have a full day's cricket. The pitch too looked very good for batting. The bowlers will get some swing in the first hour or so. We wait for the players to get out on the field and the play to start on day 4.

The Aussies need another 140 runs to avoid the follow on. The Protean attack is capable of dismissing them well before that with just Hussey left as the last recognized batsmen. An Australian victory looks highly unlikely. South Africa, however, will push real hard to wrap up the Aussie first innings as quickly as possible.

Welcome to day 4 of the first Test between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba. South Africa have dominated proceedings until now, both with bat and ball. The Australian innings hangs loose at 111/3. It could have been worse had captain Clarke and Cowan not put up a half century stand to rescue them from a precarious 40/3.

There are still two more days to go and all three results are fairly possible in spite of an entire Day 2 being washed off. Tomorrow will be an early start as well. Do join us for that. Till then, farewell.

But then, Ed Cowan and the skipper Michael Clarke led a fantastic comeback. And what was better was that the run-rate was kept above 4 at all times which indicates the positivity of the unit. But Rory Kleinveldt was poor and offered loose deliveries at will.

Dale Steyn had David Warner caught off early in the innings. The new-ball bowling from South Africa looked levels above what Australia had to offer. Ricky Ponting fell early for another duck and his career would be at stake again, for the umpteenth time in the past two years.

Australia did reasonably well to restrict South Africa to 450, as at one stage, the prospect of South Africa putting on a bat-once-in-the-match total loomed in the vicinity. Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis were the obvious stand-outs with their tons. James Pattinson was reasonably good while Hilfenhaus lacked the pace to challenge the batsmen at large. Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle were good with their spells.

An enthralling day of Test match today. Both the sides had both the set of skills tested out today.

25.6 V Philander to Clarke, In the right zone, outside off and Clarke allows it through. That will be STUMPS ON DAY 3. 111/3

25.5 V Philander to Clarke, A short of a length delivery, Clarke gets on top of it and defends it down. Last ball coming up. 111/3

25.4 V Philander to Clarke, In the channel, outside off, Clarke watches the movement of the seam, which indicates it's going away and Clarke lets it through. 111/3

25.3 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery outside off, Clarke allows the ball to go through to the keeper. 111/3

25.3 V Philander to Cowan, No-ball for over-stepping! Full length delivery, Cowan drives this one to the man at mid off for a single. 111/3

25.2 V Philander to Cowan, Cowan shoulders arms to let that one through. 109/3

25.1 V Philander to Cowan, Good length delivery, jagging back in, Cowan lets it go. 109/3

25.6 P Siddle to Amla, Siddle probably saved it for the last ball. Pitched up on off. Amla doesn't get forward really, but defends it to the covers. 80/1

25.5 P Siddle to Amla, This time it was closer to the off stump. Amla, however, lets it go again, this time on length. 80/1

25.4 P Siddle to Amla, Just like that! Length way outside off. Amla lets it go without much doubt. 80/1

25.3 P Siddle to Amla, Back of a length ball on off. Amla taps it down towards point. I wonder why there is a short mid on if they are not pitching it up to him. They are making him leave most of the balls by bowling it outside off instead. 80/1

25.2 P Siddle to Amla, Short of a length delivery outside off. Amla lets it go to the keeper. 80/1

25.1 P Siddle to Petersen, Length on middle and leg. Petersen tucks it away to fine leg for a single. 80/1

Last over of the day. It will be Vernon Philander to sum up things.

24.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Clarke shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 109/3

24.5 M Morkel to Cowan, Good length delivery, Cowan taps it down on the off side for one. 109/3

24.4 M Morkel to Cowan, Cowan has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 108/3

24.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Stays back and defends this length delivery on the off side. 108/3

24.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Not out, because it's a no-ball! A short of a length delivery, darting down the leg side, Cowan seems to have caught something off while trying to flick that away and the entire team goes up for an appeal. Umpire does not give it and South Africa ponder about the review. Very surprisingly, it's neither Morkel nor AB de Villiers who forces Smith to take the review, it's Steyn. My my, here's the irony. Morkel had over-stepped there, just marginally, whose call was taken after a long, long time. And Hot Spot detects a tiny deflection off the glove to Cowan. So that was out, had not been there for a no-ball. According to the rules, South Africa still have two reviews remaining. 108/3

Appeal for a caught behind. South Africa take the first review.

24.2 M Morkel to Cowan, A short of a length delivery this time at 139.2 kph, on off, Cowan dabs it down on the off side. 107/3

24.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Angles across a full pitched delivery, well outside off and Cowan lets it go alone. 107/3

24.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Another one pitched on the sixth stump on the off side. Amla leaves it alone again. 79/1

24.5 J Pattinson to Amla, This time Pattinson pitches it outside off, no making Amla play at it. 79/1

24.4 J Pattinson to Amla, Some late swing away from Amla as the ball pitches on middle. Amla tries to drive and finds the outside edge. Gully could have easily been in play there. The ball, however, goes all along the ground. 79/1

24.3 J Pattinson to Amla, Banged in short on middle. Amla comfortably gets under it and Wade collects it comfortably too with his fingers pointing heaven-wards. 79/1

24.2 J Pattinson to Amla, Short of a length ball on off. Amla gets across and behind the line of the ball and defends it with a straight bat. 79/1

We are nearing lunch now. Should have a couple of overs before the umpires call it.

24.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Back of a length ball outside off. Amla lets it go. 79/1

23.6 V Philander to Clarke, Fuller in length and swinging away, left alone to end the over. 107/3

23.5 V Philander to Clarke, Full length delivery into the pads, Clarke taps it towards mid-wicket and calls off the single. 107/3

23.4 V Philander to Clarke, Excellent. His stock delivery. Lands it on a good length around off and just jags away from the seam, Clarke is forced to come forward and misses the line to get beaten. 107/3

23.3 V Philander to Cowan, A touch short of a length delivery outside off, slapped away to point where Faf du Plessis stops it with a dive to save a boundary. 107/3

23.2 V Philander to Cowan, Makes the batsman play with a good length delivery around off, Cowan defends it well. 106/3

23.1 V Philander to Cowan, Cowan chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 106/3

23.6 P Siddle to Petersen, Good probing line just outside off. Petersen gets behind the line and taps it down to the off side. 79/1

23.5 P Siddle to Petersen, Full delivery on off stump. Petersen drives it straight to mid off. Good looking shot for no run. 79/1

23.4 P Siddle to Petersen, Length ball just outside off. Petersen leaves it alone. 79/1

23.3 P Siddle to Petersen, Fuller this time, correcting his mistake. Defended with the full face of the bat. 79/1

50 partnership between the Petersen and Amla, in good time.

23.2 P Siddle to A Petersen, FOUR! Pretty looking stroke! Short ball outside off. Petersen fetches it and hits it through mid-wicket evading the fielder at deep square leg. Well hit. 79/1

23.1 P Siddle to Petersen, Length ball on the corridor on off. Petersen turns it softly down to the leg side. 75/1

Vernon Philander back into the attack. So no Jacques Kallis for today.

22.6 M Morkel to Clarke, FOUR! Poor delivery down the leg side, drifting onto the pads at 139 kph, Clarke helps it away neatly with a flick to the fine leg fence. 106/3

22.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Clarke chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 102/3

22.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Much fuller in length, Clarke drives it off the inside part of the bat down the ground. 102/3

22.3 M Morkel to M Clarke, FOUR! Off the outside edge but it's flashed hard. On a good length outside off, manages a thick edge of Clarke's flashing blade and races away past gully to the fence. 102/3

22.2 M Morkel to Clarke, A touch short again, outside off, left alone once again. 98/3

22.1 M Morkel to Clarke, Bowls a short of a length delivery outside off, Clarke leaves it alone. 98/3

22.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Short of a length ball just outside off and left alone by Amla. 75/1

22.5 J Pattinson to Petersen, Straight line and length delivery there. Flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 75/1

22.4 J Pattinson to Petersen, Short of a length ball outside off. Petersen lets it go to the keeper. 74/1

22.3 J Pattinson to Petersen, Full on off and tempting the drive. Petersen obliges and plays it square and straight to point. He couldn't get his placement right there. 74/1

22.2 J Pattinson to Petersen, A bit fuller and straighter this time on off. Petersen gets across and defends it dead on to the pitch off his back foot. 74/1

22.1 J Pattinson to Petersen, Length outside off. Petersen lets it go to Wade. 74/1

Morne Morkel is back for the final spell of the day.

21.6 D Steyn to Cowan, A full length delivery angling into the pads, Cowan tucks it away past mid-wicket and takes two runs to end the over. 98/3

21.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Cowan chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 96/3

21.4 D Steyn to Cowan, A fuller length delivery, Cowan thrusts forward and pushes it towards cover. 96/3

21.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Bowls it outside off, Cowan gets forward to defend. 96/3

21.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Full in length this time, outside off, Cowan gets his bat and pad together to defend it down. 96/3

21.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Angles away a good length delivery outside off at 127.3 kph, Cowan covers the line and lets it go. 96/3

Pattinson comes in to bowl.

21.6 P Siddle to Amla, Fullish this time on off. Amla defends it to point off the front foot. 74/1

21.5 P Siddle to H Amla, FOUR! He can't get down to the other end, so what? He upper cuts this short delivery outside off just over point and into the fence. A relieving shot for Amla. 74/1

21.4 P Siddle to Amla, Short of a length on Amla's body. He taps it down to the leg side. Siddle smartly moves across to the on side quickly sensing that Amla was keen to get down to the non-striker's end. 70/1

21.3 P Siddle to Amla, That was some leave! Bowled on a length on off, the ball holds its line and as Amla lets it passes just above the off stump. Phew! 70/1

21.2 P Siddle to Amla, Banged in short outside off stump and the ball fizzes through. Amla tries for an upper cut. The ball beats the bat by a decent margin there. 70/1

21.1 P Siddle to Amla, Short of a length outside off stump. Amla goes tall on his toes and lets it go to the keeper. 70/1

20.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A good length delivery, 134 kph, Clarke defends this one well. 96/3

20.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A touch short again, Clarke cuts it away, point gets a hand to it and they run across for a couple of runs. 96/3

50-run stand between Michael Clarke and Ed Cowan.

20.5 R Kleinveldt to M Clarke, FOUR! No-ball as well for over-stepping. Kleinveldt is bowling poorly now. Again it's short and wide outside off, Clarke loves it over there and slaps it past point for a boundary. 94/3

20.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Good length delivery, outside off at 133.8 kph, Clarke lets it go through to the keeper. 89/3

20.3 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke defends this well. 89/3

20.2 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Short of a length delivery, outside off, Clarke gets on top of the bounce nicely with a punch but picks out extra cover. 89/3

20.1 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Back of a length at 134.1 kph, swinging away outside off, Clarke lets it go through to the keeper. 89/3

Siddle comes back on.

20.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Petersen lets this length delivery go straight through to Wade. 70/1

20.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Moves in with the angle this time off a length on off. Amla defends it to the covers for a quick single. 70/1

20.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Some swing there. Pitched up on off and moving away, Amla leaves it alone yet again. 69/1

20.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Shoulders arms again to this short of a length ball outside off. 69/1

20.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Length ball outside off. Amla lets it go. 69/1

20.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, WIDE! Banged in short to Amla. He gets well under it and the umpires thinks it is over his head too and calls it. 69/1

20.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Short ball on middle and off. Petersen pulls it beautifully to the mid-wicket boundary. As the outfield is slow, the fielder gets to it and keeps them down to three. 68/1

19.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Cowan shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 89/3

19.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Swinging away outside off, Cowan lets it go through to the keeper. 89/3

19.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Cowan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 89/3

19.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Clarke lets the ball go outside his off stump. 89/3

19.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Full length delivery, 135.5 kph, Cowan steps forward and prods it towards cover. 89/3

19.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Full and wide, angling away outside off, Cowan allows it through to the keeper. 89/3

19.6 N Lyon to Amla, Better length there. Defended off the back foot with the full face of the bat. 65/1

19.5 N Lyon to Amla, Short ball on middle. Amla rocks back and pulls hard, but straight to Cowan at forward short leg. Ouch! 65/1

19.4 N Lyon to Amla, SIX! Wham! Tossed up again. Amla jumps down the wicket and strikes it over the long on fence for the first maximum of the match. 65/1

19.3 N Lyon to Amla, Amla gets forward to this pitched up ball and drives it to mid off. No run. 59/1

19.2 N Lyon to Amla, Tossed up on off. Amla defends it off his front foot. 59/1

19.1 N Lyon to Petersen, Bye! DROPPED! Slow and turning in after pitching on off. The ball takes Petersen's glove and Wade moves across late as he is blinded by the batsman for a fraction of a second. The ball evades him and leg slip too. The batsmen take a single. 59/1

18.6 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, A touch short outside off, Clarke goes back and punches it away. 89/3

18.5 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Good length delivery, 134.8 kph, Clarke defends it well again. 89/3

18.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, Back of a length delivery, on off, Clarke defends it towards the off side. 89/3

18.4 R Kleinveldt to Clarke, No-ball for over-stepping. The third one from him. Full length on middle, Cowan taps it back into the ground. 89/3

18.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Good length delivery, angling in on the pads this time, Cowan taps it towards mid-wicket for a quick single. 88/3

18.2 R Kleinveldt to Ed Cowan, FOUR! And on the off side this time. Short of a length once again this time from Kleinveldt, who isn't bowling too well, Cowan flashes hard and pierces the gap past point. 87/3

18.1 R Kleinveldt to Ed Cowan, FOUR! He has played this shot just too well today. Short of a length delivery, outside off at 128.6 kph, Cowan reaches out and pulls it away past mid-wicket for a boundary. 83/3

18.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Back of a length ball outside off. Amla lets it go to the keeper. 58/1

18.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Pitched up again just outside off. Petersen plays a good looking drive straight to mid off which is a bit deep and they run through for one. 58/1

18.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Full again, similar line too. Petersen offers a defensive push to the off side. 57/1

18.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, A tad fuller on off stump. Petersen defends it off the front foot this time. 57/1

18.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Some shape off the wicket there. Pitches on off and moves away. Petersen stays back and defends it to point. 57/1

18.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Amla, Good length ball on the pads. Amla whips it away to square leg for a single. 57/1

17.6 D Steyn to Clarke, Length delivery outside off, Clarke leaves it alone to end the over. 79/3

17.5 D Steyn to Clarke, Full delivery into the pads at 133.5 kph, Clarke flicks it away well through the mid-wicket region for a couple of runs. 79/3

17.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Cowan has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 77/3

17.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Full length into the off stump, 131.9 kph, Cowan taps it down to the fielder at mid on. 76/3

17.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Fuller length outside off, Cowan plays a tentative little dab shot into the ground on the off side. Done for pace there. 76/3

17.1 D Steyn to Clarke, Starts with a delivery full on the pads at 135.4 kph, Clarke tucks it down to fine leg and takes one. 76/3

17.6 N Lyon to H Amla, Short ball turning towards leg stump. Amla stays back and pulls it away to fine leg for one. 56/1

17.5 N Lyon to Petersen, Slow ball on off and turning in, Petersen works it away to the leg side for one. 55/1

17.4 N Lyon to Petersen, Whoa! What was that? Petersen tries to play a reverse sweep and connects it towards the point region. As he goes for the run, one of his shoes comes off. That was a funny moment. They take two nevertheless. 54/1

17.3 N Lyon to Petersen, Flicked away straight to mid-wicket. 52/1

Leg slip in for Petersen now.

17.2 N Lyon to Amla, Slow on a length outside off and turning in. Amla waits and tries to whip it away. The ball takes the inside edge and goes past the keeper. They run through for three. 52/1

17.1 N Lyon to Amla, Flighted up outside off. Amla gets down on his knee and tries to sweep. It strikes him outside the line on his pads. 49/1

Dale Steyn back into the attack now.

16.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Another short delivery, Cowan fails to penetrate the gap past point. 75/3

16.6 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, No-ball for over-stepping again. Short of a length delivery, Cowan slaps it away to gully. 75/3

16.5 R Kleinveldt to Ed Cowan, FOUR! He is on a mission today, the fall of wickets seems to have left Cowan unperturbed. Short from Kleinveldt, on middle, Cowan gets back and pulls it away through mid-wicket. 74/3

16.4 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, FOUR! Slapped. This was short and wide, first loosener from Kleinveldt in his Test career, Cowan goes forth and back to crash it past point. 70/3

16.3 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Comes from wide off the crease and angles away a pitched up delivery, Cowan covers the line to let de Villiers collect it. 66/3

16.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Cowan chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 66/3

16.2 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, No-ball for over-stepping! A good length delivery, swings back in a bit, Cowan with a good defense. 66/3

16.1 R Kleinveldt to Cowan, Excellent first delivery. Full on off, Cowan gets his bat down to defend that. 65/3

16.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Back of a length ball outside off. Petersen lets it through. Second maiden for Hilfy. 49/1

16.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Gets him to play at it this time. But only draws a defensive push on this length ball to the off side. 49/1

16.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Pitches it closer to the stumps, but not close enough for Petersen to play at it. Leaves it alone. 49/1

16.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Too wide to make him play! Back of a length outside off and Alviro lets it through to the keeper. 49/1

16.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Good length ball on off. Petersen moves across and defends it off his back foot to the off side. 49/1

16.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Length ball on off stump and moving away, Petersen leaves it alone. 49/1

Debutant Rory Kleinveldt into the attack.

15.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Well wide outside off and Clarke lets it through to the keeper. 65/3

15.5 M Morkel to Cowan, It's on the fuller length again outside off, Cowan leans forward and caresses it past mid off. Gets three runs as Kleinveldt fetches it back. 65/3

15.4 M Morkel to Ed Cowan, Excellent. Jams up Cowan with a yorker, just outside off, Cowan digs it out well. 62/3

15.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Bowls a half-volley on middle this time, Clarke flicks it well through mid-wicket. Kleinveldt with the chase, slips in the deep and allows the third run to be taken. 62/3

15.2 M Morkel to Clarke, Fuller length outside off, Clarke allows it go through. 59/3

15.1 M Morkel to M Clarke, FOUR! Short of a length delivery, well outside off at 139.7 kph, Clarke pounces onto it and slaps it over point for a boundary. Good start after the break. 59/3

Hilfenhaus to bowl now.

15.6 N Lyon to Petersen, Similar shot by Petersen this time to a similar ball. 49/1

15.5 N Lyon to Amla, Full delivery on off stump. Amla flicks it away to the leg side for one. 48/1

15.4 N Lyon to Amla, Slow and wide outside off. Lyon is trying to tempt Amla. Yes! Amla won't buy that. He lets it go. 47/1

15.3 N Lyon to Amla, Uses his wrists to this delivery and plays it to mid-wicket. 47/1

15.2 Lyon to Amla, Flighted up slow outside the off stump. Amla comes across and tries to flick. The ball hits his pads and they go up for an optimistic appeal. 47/1

15.1 N Lyon to H Amla, Full and flighted outside off stump. Amla comes forward and tries to play a hard cover drive, doesn't time it well. He gets just a couple. 47/1

DRINKS BREAK!

14.6 V Philander to Cowan, Pitched up, 134.9 kph, Cowan leans out and caresses it straight to the cover fielder. 55/3

14.5 V Philander to Cowan, Full length delivery at 127.3 kph, Cowan pushes it away towards cover. 55/3

14.4 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery on middle, Clarke taps it down towards mid on and takes one. 55/3

14.3 V Philander to Clarke, Full length into the pads, Clarke nudges it away past square leg and takes a couple. 54/3

14.2 V Philander to Clarke, FOUR! Cracked away this time. Quite short, width outside off, Clarke takes it and crashes it past covers. 52/3

14.1 V Philander to Cowan, A touch short of a length delivery outside off, Cowan punches it away towards cover and takes a single. 48/3

First over of spin. Nathan Lyon to bowl.

14.6 J Pattinson to Petersen, Good length delivery on off stump. Petersen defends it off his front foot to the off side. 45/1

14.5 J Pattinson to Amla, On the pads on a length. Amla tucks it away for a single to the leg side. 45/1

14.4 J Pattinson to Amla, Length ball outside off. Leaves it alone. 44/1

The pitch is a bit slow for a Gabba wicket says Glen McGrath on air.

14.3 J Pattinson to Amla, Pitching on a length outside off, the ball comes back in a tad and Amla lets it go. 44/1

14.2 J Pattinson to Amla, Full delivery just outside the off stick. Amla leaves it alone. 44/1

14.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Full on off stump and moving in, Amla whips it away past mid on for a couple. 44/1

13.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Clarke has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery to end another tight over. 47/3

13.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Clarke lets the ball go outside his off stump. 47/3

13.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Quite short outside off at 137.9 kph, Clarke leaves it alone. 47/3

13.3 M Morkel to Clarke, Back of a length delivery, on off, pushed away to the cover region. 47/3

13.2 M Morkel to Cowan, Much full in length at 142 kph, Cowan tucks it away towards mid-wicket for a quick single. 47/3

13.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Angles in a full length delivery, on off, Cowan comes down with a defense. 46/3

13.6 P Siddle to Petersen, Good ball! Landing on a length just outside off. Petersen shoulders arms as the ball holds its line and goes straight through close to the off stump. 42/1

13.5 P Siddle to Petersen, Full and darting in. Petersen picks up the movement and flicks it away to fine leg for a couple. 42/1

13.4 P Siddle to H Amla, Almost a half-volley outside off, Amla comes forward and drives it through the covers for three runs. 40/1

13.3 P Siddle to Amla, Back of a length outside off and nipping it away, Petersen lets it go. 37/1

13.2 P Siddle to Petersen, Length ball on the pads. Petersen works it away to mid-wicket for a single. 37/1

13.1 P Siddle to Petersen, Pitched up outside off. The ball moves away a bit and Petersen lets it go to the keeper. 36/1

12.6 V Philander to Clarke, Another leave outside off to end the over. 46/3

12.5 V Philander to Clarke, Good length delivery outside off, Clarke leaves it alone this time. 46/3

12.4 V Philander to Clarke, Good length delivery on the stumps, Clarke gets down to defend. 46/3

12.3 V Philander to Clarke, Bowls it up to the stumps, Clarke drives it straight down the ground and Philander does well to get low and stop that. 46/3

12.2 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke stays back and defends. 46/3

12.1 V Philander to Cowan, Length on the pads, Cowan tucks it away through mid-wicket for one. 46/3

South Africa have got off to a steady start even though they have lost their captain. The bowling has been mostly on the shorter side today by the Aussie quicks. They will have more opportunities to pick up wickets if they pitch the ball up a little.

12.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Outside the off stump on a length again. Amla does a repeat of the previous ball. Leaves it alone. The umpire calls for the first drinks break of the day. 36/1

12.5 J Pattinson to Amla, Length ball outside off and Amla lets it go to Wade. 36/1

Leg slip for Amla now.

12.4 J Pattinson to Amla, Full on the leg stump. Amla plays a wristy on drive down the ground and they take a couple. He gets off the mark. 36/1

12.3 J Pattinson to Amla, Length ball on off stump. Amla plays it off his back foot to the off side. 34/1

12.2 J Pattinson to Amla, Bowls it on a length on leg stump, getting it to straighten again. This time Amla keeps a good eye on it and plays it with a straight bat to mid on. 34/1

12.1 J Pattinson to Amla, Shout for an LBW! Pattinson lands this one on middle on a length and gets it to straighten a bit. The ball misses Amla's bat and hits the pads a tad high which is why the umpire turns the appeal down. 34/1

11.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Excellent delivery. It was full and curved a bit late, Clarke pokes inside the line to miss out. 45/3

11.5 M Morkel to Clarke, Clarke chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 45/3

11.4 M Morkel to Clarke, Bangs in short outside off, left alone. 45/3

11.3 M Morkel to Cowan, Darts down a length delivery on middle, Cowan tucks it away, past a diving leg slip for a single. 45/3

11.2 Morkel to Cowan, A snarling yorker, around off, Cowan digs it away and it sneaks through with the pads. 44/3

11.1 M Morkel to Cowan, Comes around the wicket and angles a full delivery, Cowan comes up with a front foot defense. 44/3

11.6 P Siddle to Petersen, Length ball on middle and leg. Petersen defends it from the crease to mid on. 34/1

11.5 P Siddle to Petersen, Full ball on off stump. Petersen gets his front foot out and defends it square to Quiney at gully. 34/1

11.4 P Siddle to Petersen, Fullish on the leg stump and straightening after pitching. Petersen plays it with a straight bat to mid on. 34/1

11.3 P Siddle to Petersen, Length ball, lands outside off and shapes in slightly. Petersen leaves it with some good judgement I must admit. 34/1

11.2 P Siddle to Petersen, FOUR! Nicely played! Full on middle and leg. Petersen places it between mid on and the non-striker with a good punch. 34/1

11.1 P Siddle to Petersen, Full delivery on the pads. Petersen taps it to the leg side gently. 30/1

10.6 V Philander to Clarke, Clarke has played that off the front foot and into the ground to end the over. 44/3

10.6 V Philander to Clarke, Again bowls it full around off, Clarke covers the line and lets it go. Philander had over-stepped there for a no-ball. 44/3

10.5 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery outside off, Clarke with a wild slash to miss that out. 43/3

10.4 V Philander to Clarke, Much fuller this time, on off, Clarke gets forward and stabs it towards point. 43/3

10.3 V Philander to Clarke, Bowls a bit short outside off, Clarke aims to punch that but mistimes it back to Vern. 43/3

10.2 V Philander to Clarke, Good length delivery, angling into the pads, Clarke aims to work it away but is caught on the pads. 43/3

10.1 V Philander to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke defends this well. 43/3

10.6 J Pattinson to Amla, Fuller on off stump. Amla defends it neatly off his front foot to the covers. The Aussies are trying to mess with Amla's head here. 30/1

10.5 J Pattinson to Amla, Amla shoulders arms to this back of a length delivery outside off stump. 30/1

10.4 J Pattinson to Amla, Enough of the around the wicket stuff. This time it is fuller and angling across. Amla leaves it alone. 30/1

10.3 J Pattinson to Amla, Wide! Tries again but this time it is too high and the umpire calls it a wide. 30/1

10.3 J Pattinson to Amla, Bangs it in short. Amla sways away comfortably and lets it go. 30/1

10.2 J Pattinson to Amla, Pattinson comes from around the wicket. Good length ball outside off. Amla lets it go. 29/1

Hashim Amla walks to the centre at 3.

10.1 Pattinson to Smith, OUT! Shout for an LBW and they call for a referral. The ball pitches on a length on off and moves back in. Smith misses his flick this time and is struck on the pads. They go up in appeal and the umpire turns it down. As they go upstairs, replays show that it is plumb. So, first wicket for the Aussies then. Change of ends does the trick for Pattinson. 29/1

Philander back into the attack.

9.6 M Morkel to Clarke, Fuller length delivery at 138 kph, Clarke gets out and drives it well through the cover region to pick up three runs. 43/3

9.5 M Morkel to Clarke, A good length delivery, Clarke aims to push it away but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 40/3

9.4 M Morkel to Clarke, A touch short, Clarke angles it fine towards second slip. 40/3

Michael Clarke, the skipper walks out to the middle.

9.3 M Morkel to R Ponting, OUT! Ponting's gone in his typically tentative fashion early in the innings. Just a length delivery, outside off at 138.8 kph, Ponting pokes at that with a front foot prod. Gets the outside edge which is pouched safely by Jacques Kallis at second slip. Back in 2008, Ishant Sharma got the better of Ponting in a deja vu fashion after troubling him to no limits. 40/3

9.2 M Morkel to Ponting, Ponting chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 40/2

9.1 M Morkel to Ponting, Full and wide outside off, Ponting lets it go. 40/2

Pattinson to bowl from the Stanley Street End now replacing Hilfenhaus. Four slips to Smith.

9.6 P Siddle to Petersen, A peach! Bowled up on the off stump. Petersen expects the ball to come in with the angle. The ball straightens and beats the bat. 29/0

9.5 P Siddle to Petersen, Left alone. Length ball outside off. Petersen wants to do nothing with it. 29/0

9.4 P Siddle to Petersen, FOUR! Flicked away! Full on middle and leg. Petersen uses the angle and rolls his wrists as the ball goes past mid on and into the boundary. 29/0

9.3 P Siddle to Petersen, Better length there. Full on off stump making Petersen come forward. He defends it aptly back to the bowler. 25/0

9.2 P Siddle to Petersen, Back of a length ball just outside off. Petersen lets it go to the keeper. 25/0

9.1 P Siddle to Petersen, Good length ball on the corridor of uncertainty on off stump. Petersen defends it off the crease to the off side. 25/0

9.1 P Siddle to Smith, NO BALL! Oversteps and bowls it on Smith's hips as he tucks it away to fine leg for one. 25/0

8.6 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! Excellent way to end the over. This was short again, short at 140 kph, Cowan pulls it away, there is a man in the deep but this was in the gap past deep square leg. 40/2

8.5 D Steyn to Cowan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 36/2

8.4 D Steyn to Cowan, A full length, Cowan just merely pushes it down through mid off and gets a couple of runs. 36/2

Deep square leg in place now for the pull shot.

8.3 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR! He's playing this shot well. Maybe the bounce is a bit more trustable on the Gabba strip. Short delivery on middle, Cowan turns with the pull and gets it over the short leg fielder for a boundary. 34/2

8.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Back of a length delivery this time, outside off, Cowan defends this well. 30/2

8.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Full length delivery on middle, Cowan gets out to defend. 30/2

4 slips to Smith for Siddle.

8.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Good leave to a good out-swinging length delivery just outside off stump. 23/0

8.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, On a length on middle to Smith. He tucks it away to fine leg for a single. 23/0

8.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Full on the pads. The ball hits the boot and goes to short fine leg. They take a leg bye. 22/0

8.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Full on middle and off, defended on to the on side by Petersen. 21/0

Australia have been a bit too short to Petersen. He has shown a liking to that kind of a delivery.

8.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Fuller this time on middle. Petersen flicks it straight to Cowan again. 21/0

8.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Short of a length ball outside off. Petersen moves back and pulls towards mid-wicket where Ed Cowan dives to his left and stops the ball well. 21/0

7.6 M Morkel to Ponting, Ponting shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 30/2

7.5 M Morkel to Ponting, Good length delivery well outside off, with a typical shuffle of the feet, Ponting lets it go. 30/2

Ricky Ponting walks out to the middle at number 4.

7.4 M Morkel to Quiney, OUT! The debutant fails to make it big. He was looking confident against the best pace attack in world Test cricket but that seems to have done him in. Morkel bangs in short again on middle, Quiney swivels and pulls it away, the ball seems to be travelling over the ropes, Steyn crosses the ropes, mid-air pops it back in, steps back into the field and takes a fine catch in the end. 30/2

7.3 M Morkel to Quiney, Quiney shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 30/1

7.2 M Morkel to Quiney, Another leg-sided delivery down the leg side, Quiney attempts to flick it but misses out. 30/1

7.1 M Morkel to Quiney, Four leg byes! Morkel starts with a shortish delivery down the leg side, Quiney attempted to flick but it came off the pads to the fine leg fence. 30/1

7.6 P Siddle to Petersen, Shortish on off stump. Petersen plays the pull but doesn't time it well enough. The ball looks like it is about to beat Pattinson who chases it from mid on and puts in a fine dive to keep them down to three. 21/0 after 8 overs. 21/0

7.5 P Siddle to Petersen, Fuller on off stump. Petersen drives but the ball takes the inside edge and goes to mid on. 18/0

7.4 P Siddle to Petersen, Defended off the back foot to point to this back of a length delivery on off. 18/0

7.3 P Siddle to Petersen, Hit high on the pads this time. Length ball on off. Petersen tries to defend it but misses. 18/0

7.2 P Siddle to Petersen, Length ball on off. Petersen mis-judges it and shoulders arms to it. The ball hits him on the box. He shows no pain. But, surely that must have stung. 18/0

7.1 P Siddle to Petersen, Drifts down the leg side and Petersen tries to work it away but misses. A loosener there. 18/0

Morne Morkel is the first bowling change.

6.6 D Steyn to Quiney, Good length delivery on the pads, Quiney comes across a bit and flicks it down to fine leg for one. 26/1

6.5 D Steyn to Quiney, Short of a length this time, outside off, Quiney blocks it after covering the line well. 25/1

6.4 D Steyn to Quiney, A bit of width outside off, Quiney flashes at that but misses out. 25/1

6.3 D Steyn to Quiney, A touch on a good length now, on middle, Quiney gets behind the line and defends it down. 25/1

6.2 D Steyn to Quiney, Very full again, on the pads, Quiney flicks it away to mid-wicket. 25/1

6.1 D Steyn to Quiney, Fuller length, angling into the pads, Quiney tucks it away through mid-wicket and gets himself a couple of runs. 25/1

Peter Siddle comes in to bowl, first change.

6.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Better line on off stump. Smith stays back and defends it to the on side. First maiden of the match. 18/0

6.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Back of a length ball on middle and leg. Hits the pads and tolls away to the on side. 18/0

6.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Banged in short. Smith ducks under it and the ball goes through to Wade at a good height. 18/0

6.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Pitches it closer to the stumps this time on a length and angles it across. Nearly gets Smith's wicket invited to his party as he tries to have a prod at it and misses. 18/0

6.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Full and angling across, inviting the drive and Smith's wicket too. Smith lets it go. 18/0

6.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Short of a length ball outside off. Smith moves across with his back foot and defends it back to the bowler. 18/0

5.6 V Philander to Cowan, Pitches it up at 130 kph, angling away outside off, Cowan allows it through. 23/1

5.5 V Philander to Cowan, Cowan chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 23/1

5.4 V Philander to Cowan, Good length on middle, nips in a bit, Cowan tucks it towards mid-wicket. 23/1

5.3 V Philander to Cowan, In the right channel at 127.4 kph, full outside off, Cowan leans forward to defend. 23/1

5.2 V Philander to Cowan, FOUR! Wonderfully done by Cowan. This was banged in short on middle by Philander, without any hesitation and with the back foot going across and back, Cowan pulls it well through mid-wicket all along the turf. 23/1

5.1 V Philander to Cowan, Bowls a length delivery on middle, 130.4 kph, tucked away towards mid-wicket. 19/1

5.6 J Pattinson to A Petersen, FOUR! A gift for Alviro! Banged in short, but not viciously. Petersen rocks back and pulls it handsomely to the square leg fence. First boundary for the Proteas then. That was actually well played by Petersen. The Aussies have been keeping it full and Pattinson just thought about testing the batsman's footwork with this short ball. Petersen was up for it. 18/0

5.5 J Pattinson to Smith, Back of a length outside off. Smith defends it into the gap on the off side and takes a single. Petersen to face the last ball off this over. 14/0

5.4 J Pattinson to Smith, Fuller outside off. Smith drives it hesitantly to mid off. 13/0

5.3 J Pattinson to Smith, Fuller and angling across again. Smith doesn't get his front foot across but watches it well and defends it. Calls no, against the single. 13/0

5.2 J Pattinson to Smith, Angles it across towards the four slips on a length. Smith leaves it alone. 13/0

Four slips in place now.

5.1 J Pattinson to Smith, Short of a length on off. Smith defends it on to the on side to forward short leg. 13/0

4.6 D Steyn to Rob Quiney, FOUR! That could have been a brief outing for Quiney. Edges this length ball which was angled across. The ball finds the gap between gully and third slip for the second time in this innings. Six off that over and a wicket. 19/1

4.5 D Steyn to Quiney, What a start to his batting in the Test career! Short one on middle and leg. Quiney pulls it by getting into position early down to the right of fine leg for a couple. 15/1

Debutant Rob Quiney comes in one down.

4.4 D Steyn to Warner, OUT! Warner is gone! He never looked comfortable out there. Steyn pushes this a tad outside off stump and angles it across too. Warner fishes at it and gets the edge through to Kallis at second slip where he takes it safely as he always does. The Proteas draw first blood. 13/1

4.3 D Steyn to Warner, Similar delivery just outside off. Warner doesn't move his feet much and defends it into the covers. 13/0

4.2 D Steyn to Warner, Good tight line and length on off. Warner defends it off his back foot to the covers. 13/0

4.1 D Steyn to Warner, Nearly gets Warner there. Pitched up outside off and moving in. Warner thinks of playing it but withdraws the bat at the last moment. The ball takes the face of the bat though just before it is withdrawn and goes towards point. 13/0

4.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Better! Fuller on middle and off making him play. Play he does with a straight bat back to the bowler. Solid defense! 13/0

4.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Short of a length and seaming away, Petersen wants nothing with it and leaves it alone. 13/0

4.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Fuller on off stump and moving away. Petersen comes forward and defends it well to the off side. 13/0

4.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Good ball on a length just outside off. Petersen lets it go. 13/0

4.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Squares him up. Pitching on off and moving away. Petersen tries to defend it and misses. 13/0

4.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Hilfy pitches this on off and brings the ball in. Smith adjusts well and works it away to deep square leg for a single. Better line and length this time. Smith had to play the flick with some thought and footwork behind that one. 13/0

3.6 V Philander to Cowan, Cowan lets this back of a length ball go through to de Villiers. 13/0

3.5 V Philander to Cowan, Short ball outside off. Cowan, who is out of his crease cuts it hard to point where Faf du Plessis, on for Duminy makes an agile diving stop. 13/0

3.4 V Philander to Cowan, Leaves it alone outside the off stump. 13/0

3.3 V Philander to Ed Cowan, FOUR! Luck for Cowan! Pitched on a length just outside off. The ball jags away after pitching as Philander delivers it from very close to the stumps. The ball takes the edge of Cowan's bat and flies between third slip and gully and into the boundary. 13/0

3.2 V Philander to Warner, This one is full on the pads. Warner tucks it away from mid-wicket and runs through for one. They think of a couple but the fielder gets there quickly. 9/0

3.1 V Philander to Warner, Good length delivery on off stump. Warner stays back and defends it to point off his back foot. 8/0

3.6 J Pattinson to Smith, On the hips again to Smith. He tucks it away to fine leg for a single. The Aussies are trying for the LBW here but straying far down Smith's pads and getting flicked or tucked away all the time. 12/0

3.5 J Pattinson to Smith, Good length ball angled across Smith. He lets it go to Wade. 11/0

3.4 J Pattinson to Petersen, Strays on the pads this time. No swing and Petersen gets his chance to play the flick this time after his captain. Goes past mid on and they take a comfortable three. 11/0

3.3 J Pattinson to Petersen, Tight on middle and off. Petersen defends it off his back foot straight back on to the wicket. 8/0

3.2 J Pattinson to Smith, On the pads this time, a tad full. Smith misses his flick. The ball tickles down towards the fine leg region. One leg bye taken. 8/0

3.1 J Pattinson to Smith, Full just outside off. Smith defends it off his front foot confidently. 7/0

2.6 D Steyn to Cowan, Leaves this length delivery otuside off stump alone. 8/0

2.5 Steyn to Cowan, Full on middle and off, swinging in too. Cowan gets an inside edge onto his pads. Steyn goes up in appeal but is turned down. Hawk eye shows it would have missed the leg stump. 8/0

2.4 D Steyn to Cowan, Close leave! Cowan has left this ball on middle and off purely on length. Steyn has hit a lovely rhythm. 8/0

2.3 D Steyn to Cowan, Pushes this wider of off stump and Cowan comfortably lets it go through. Hopefully, the South African bowlers will not commit the same mistake that the Aussie bowlers committed. They should make them play at the ball more often. 8/0

2.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Pitches it on a length on off and brings it in. Cowan is hit high on his pads. He is going all out against the openers. 8/0

2.1 D Steyn to Cowan, Beautiful! Steyn pitches this one just outside off stump and brings it in. Cowan lets it go with some good judgement too. Steyn is extracting genuine swing here. 8/0

2.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Length ball on middle. Petersen does not move his feet much and defends it down to the on side. 7/0

It is around 2 am in South Africa. This is a very hyped series in Australia and South Africa and do not count out the fans to wake up during the wee hours to get a glimpse of the action. However, Mpumelelo Mbangwa has some fears as he tweets, "I wonder how many in SA have stayed up or woken up to see the start of th test"

2.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Some shape in to Smith as Hilfy bowls it fuller on middle. Flicked away to the leg side for a single. Smith has played just one scoring shot so far today - the flick! 7/0

The fourth ball is about to be bowled after some time for the review. Some hold up due to people moving over the sight screen.

2.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, NOT OUT! The ball was bowled on leg stump. Smith tries to flick it again. The ball seems to have hit something as there was a noise on the way to the keeper. The hot spot shows 'no spot' there. Turned down. What was the noise? A mystery which hot spot can't solve. 6/0

A review there as the Aussies appeal for a caught behind.

2.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Hit on the pads as Smith tries to flick this full delivery on middle and leg. 6/0

2.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Good length ball on off stump. Smith defends it back on to the pitch off his back foot. There doesn't appear to be a great amount of swing. Just some generous seam movement. 6/0

Smith pulls Hilfenhaus up here. Hilfy gets irritated.

2.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Banged in short to the Proteas captain. Good one by Hilfenhaus. Smith ducks under it. 6/0

1.6 V Philander to Warner, Pitched up on middle and off. The ball moves in sharply towards Warner's pads. He adjusts well and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. 8/0

1.5 V Philander to Warner, Just back of a length outside off. Warner stays on the back foot and defends it to point. Wait is the call from him to Cowan. 6/0

1.4 V Philander to Warner, This one is angled across him and he lets it go through.. 6/0

1.3 V Philander to Warner, Comes in this time off a good length. Warner is stunned and hurried into the shot. He is hit on the pads though. 6/0

1.2 V Philander to Warner, Back of a length ball just outside off. The ball moves away sharply and beats Warner's prod off the back foot. 6/0

1.1 V Philander to Warner, Full delivery just outside off. Warner expects it to come back in and ends up playing inside the line to miss the ball. 6/0

1.6 J Pattinson to Petersen, Quick and short of a length on the hips of Petersen who defends it down to the leg side. Good over by Pattinson first up. 6/0

1.5 J Pattinson to A Petersen, Tighter on the off stump on a length. Petersen defends it to the point region. No run. 6/0

1.4 J Pattinson to Petersen, Good length ball outside off. Left alone by Petersen. 6/0

1.3 J Pattinson to Petersen, Pitching on middle on a length there. The ball seams away and takes the edge of Petersen's bat as he closes the face early. The ball goes past the slips towards third man for a couple to get off the mark. 6/0

A ground staff has walked out into the middle. Brings out some saw dust. Is there some dampness on the field?

1.2 J Pattinson to A Petersen, Pitched up to the bat just outside off stump. Petersen gets onto the front foot and drives to shortish mid off. 4/0

1.1 J Pattinson to Smith, Fullish on middle and seaming in. Smith defends it onto the off side for a single. 4/0

Vernon Philander will share the new ball from the other end. His average is a shade over 16 and strike rate is 33. What a record so far.

0.6 D Steyn to Warner, Another one comes in sharply. Warner closes the face of the bat at the last moment and the ball goes down to fine leg for one. 6/0

0.5 D Steyn to Warner, This one is straighter. Pitches on off and comes in a tad. Warner is hurried into the defensive shot. Does well to get his bat down in time. 5/0

0.4 D Steyn to Warner, Pitched up outside off, the ball straightens and Warner leaves it alone. 5/0

0.3 D Steyn to Cowan, On the pads and worked away for a single down the leg side. 5/0

0.2 D Steyn to Cowan, Length ball outside off. Cowan lets it go through to the keeper. 4/0

0.1 D Steyn to Cowan, FOUR Leg byes! The first ball is full and swings in sharply. The ball hits the pads of Cowan and flies away past a diving de Villiers and into the fine leg boundary. 4/0

James Pattinson to bowl from the Vulture Street End.

0.6 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, On the stumps this time. The ball pitches on middle and swings to off. Petersen offers the full face of the blade and defends it into the wicket off his back foot. 3/0

0.5 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, On a length on off, moving away. Petersen lets it go. 3/0

0.4 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Pitching on leg stump at a fuller length this time, the ball straightens off the strip after pitching. Well defended by Petersen. 3/0

0.3 Ben Hilfenhaus to Petersen, Beaten! Pitching on the corridor outside off, the ball jags away and Petersen misses. 3/0

Seems like Australia are still in the short-format mode here with two fielders out in the deep on the leg side.

0.2 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Similar delivery, a bit fuller. Smith flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for a single. 3/0

0.1 Ben Hilfenhaus to Smith, Pitching on middle and swings in. Smith works it away between fine leg and deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs off the first ball. 2/0