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Kallis, Amla boost Proteas at Gabba

608   //    11 Nov 2012, 11:48 IST
AB de Villiers was not-out 32 as South Africa tightened their grip on the first Test against Australia

South African batsman AB de Villiers (R) plays the ball past Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade (C) during day three of the first cricket Test between South Africa and Australia at the Gabba ground in Brisbane.

BRISBANE, Australia - South Africa tightened their grip on the first Test against Australia, reaching 357-3 on the third day with century-maker Hashim Amla the only man dismissed in an extended morning session.

The home side were looking for quick wickets with the second new ball after Saturday’s washout but instead the Proteas strengthened their position, adding 102 runs to their overnight score.

At lunch Jacques Kallis was unbeaten on 137 and AB de Villiers was not out 32.

Australia’s bowlers were largely unthreatening under sunny skies and the home team is facing an uphill task at a ground where they have not been defeated in 24 years.

Amla reached his third century in four innings against Australia and his 17th overall with a slashed cut over the slips for four.

The top-ranked batsman in Test cricket was given out lbw to Peter Siddle for 104 but was struck high and TV replays suggested the ball was going over the stumps. Surprisingly, he did not refer Asad Rauf’s decision to the third umpire.

Amla, who became South Africa’s first triple centurion with an unbeaten 311 against England at The Oval in July, put on 165 runs for the third wicket with Kallis.

Kallis reached his 44th Test century just minutes after Amla’s departure. It was his fifth against Australia. The all-rounder is second on the list of all-time century makers, behind only India’s Sachin Tendulkar.

His unconquered 137 is the highest score by a South African in a Brisbane Test since Eddie Barlow’s 114 in 1963.

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