South Africa on the ropes


South Africa needs only to draw the Perth Test to retain the No. 1 Test ranking. Australia needs a win to replace the tourists at No. 1 and has extra motivation for winning after Ponting announced this match would be his last.

Brief Scores: South Africa 225 all out (Faf du Plessis 78 n.o, R Petersen 31, N Lyon 3/41, M Johnson 2/51) vs Australia 33/2 (D Warner batting 12, V Philander 1/8)

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