Cricket 3.3.2014 01:32 pm

Proteas in trouble at lunch

Australia celebrate after taking the wicket of Graeme Smith (C) during day 3 of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia at Sahara Park Newlands on March 03, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: Manus van Dyk/Gallo Images.

Australia celebrate after taking the wicket of Graeme Smith (C) during day 3 of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia at Sahara Park Newlands on March 03, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: Manus van Dyk/Gallo Images.

South Africa were in trouble at 127 for four at lunch on day three of the third Test against Australia at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Monday.

The Proteas were sent in to bat in the morning after Australia declared on their overnight score of 494 for seven.

Graeme Smith’s poor run of form in the series continued as he departed for five, edging Ryan Harris through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

South Africa soon found themselves further in the mire at 42 for two when Dean Elgar (11) was caught behind off James Pattinson.

Alviro Petersen and Hashim Amla staged a mini recovery sharing a 53-run, third-wicket stand.

Petersen (53) was next to go when he gloved a Johnson delivery down the leg side, giving Haddin his third catch of the morning.

Harris then got the ball to jag back in to clean bowl Amla for 38, with the bowler finishing the morning session with figures of 2/18.

At the break, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis were not out on 13 and three, respectively.

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