De Kock keeps South Africa in control


South Africa remain on top in the second Test against Australia after a Quinton De Kock century on day three.

De Kock (104) and Temba Bavuma (74) starred on Monday as the tourists were bowled out for 326 - a lead of 241 - in Hobart.

Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the Australia bowlers, finishing with figures of 6-89.

Joe Burns (0) fell early again for the hosts, but David Warner (45), Usman Khawaja (unbeaten 56) and Steve Smith (18 not out) fought back to reach 121-2 when bad light stopped play, Australia still trailing by 120.

After day two was washed out without a ball being bowled, intermittent rain played its part again.

But Australia's bowlers were unable to generate the type of movement the tourists did on day one throughout the opening session.

Peter Nevill missed a stumping chance and two reviews - both against Bavuma - failed.

De Kock flicked a ball off his hip for a single to bring up his second Test century before he was bowled by Hazlewood, ending his 144-run stand with Bavuma.

That was the only wicket to fall in an extended first session, before rain delayed the start of the second.

The weather may have helped the bowlers, who troubled South Africa more after lunch.

Debutant Joe Mennie (1-85) took his first Test wicket before Hazlewood cleaned up the tail.

Australia must have had flashbacks to their first-innings 85 when Burns fell off the fourth ball, strangled down leg side and given out to Kyle Abbott (2-55) after a review.

South Africa's pacemen again seemed to trouble Australia's batsmen at will, and Warner survived a review after being struck on the pads by Vernon Philander (0-28).

Warner then got away with an edge, Dean Elgar inexplicably ducking under it at third slip as he took evasive action.

The left-hander's luck ran out soon after, although he was unfortunate, as an Abbott delivery hit his hip and went onto the stumps.

Philander pleaded with captain Faf du Plessis for an lbw review against Khawaja, but it again failed before bad light stopped play.