4 Mar 2014

Australia in charge of deciding test in Cape Town

5:48 am on 4 March 2014

The Australian cricketers are poised for victory after day three of their third and deciding test against South Africa in Cape Town, despite a second innings fightback by the home side.

The day started with Michael Clarke's first innings delcaration before the start of play at their overnight score of 494 for 7, and late in the day South Africa were dismissed for 287, leaving Australia with a first innings lead of 207 runs, which they extended to 234 by stumps.

The Proteas, the world's top-ranked test team, had fought back well from 146 for 6, but with two days to play they have a mountain to climb if they're to avoid their first test series loss at home for five years.