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Snapshot for day 3 of the first Test

AAP logoAAP 5/11/2016 By Justin Chadwick

DAY THREE OF THE FIRST TEST BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA IN PERTH

Score: South Africa 242 and 6-390; Australia 244

Man of the moment: Dean Elgar. The 29-year-old made a nightmare start to his Test career four years ago - making a pair of ducks at the WACA Ground. But he made up for that double failure with a performance that knocked the stuffing out of Australia on Saturday. Elgar posted 127 from 316 balls, combining with JP Duminy for a 250-run stand that has made this match South Africa's to lose.

Key moment: Elgar hardly offered up a chance all day. But when he was on 81, he skied one high in the air. Mitchell Starc made a meal of it while running back from mid-off, with the chance going begging after he spun and tumbled to the turf.

Stat of the day: 4 - Dean Elgar's average at the WACA before posting his century on Saturday. Now it stands at 34.75.

Summary: Australia will need to pull off a minor miracle to win this one. The Proteas have dominated proceedings on days two and three to put themselves in the box seat to win with a 388-run lead. The injury absence of Dale Steyn means the Proteas will lack firepower when Australia get their chance to bat. But South Africa coped just fine without Steyn in Australia's first innings, and will back themselves to get the job done on a WACA deck that might finally break up on days four and five.

Quote of the day: "I felt this pop or like a thud in my shoulder, and a lot of pain. It's not pretty." South Africa paceman Dale Steyn recalls the moment he broke his shoulder.

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