Cowan, Clarke give Australia hope of salvaging 'draw' against Proteas following day 3 Gabba Test
A joint Ed Cowan and Michael Clarke display on day three of the first Test at the Gabba has given Australia hope of salvaging a draw against South Africa.
The visitors are in a strong position after ending day three 339 runs in front with Australia only having seven wickets in the shed.
Opener Cowan, playing for his place in the team, launched a rear guard assault late in the day stroking an unusually brisk 49 not out featuring eight fours, while Michael Clarke is unbeaten on 34 with Australia 3-111, the Herald Sun reports.
According to the paper, Australia fought back in the middle of the day to hold South Africa to 450, a total 100 runs short of where the Proteas had hoped to finish on a placid track.
Then, like on day one, there was little concentration from Clarke's men and they were easy prey for their rival's vaunted pace attack, losing three wickets for just 40 runs after tea, the paper said.
During the morning session South Africa's twin pillars, Hashim Amla and Kallis reached their centuries and threatened to take Australia out of the contest. Today they combined for 165-run partnership. However, Amla was eventually trapped LBW by Peter Siddle (2-111) for 104, the paper added.
South Africa were also pegged back by the fast outswingers of 22-year-old James Pattinson who finished with 3-93 to lead his country's attack.