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Has Australia Already Lost The First Test?

The elements and a top order collapse may have sunk the home side.

The Australian Test cricket side put up a gallant effort to finish off the third day of the first Test at the Gabba, but on the back of an early collapse and extended rain delays, their chance of winning may already be gone.

After the entire second day was lost to rain Australia finally dismissed the South Africans during the final session of day three, but at the cost of 450 runs. The Aussie response didn’t inspire confidence.

A top order collapse forced Australia to rest its hopes in the hands of Ed Cowan who survived two hours in front of South Africa’s deadly attack. At the end of the day Australia had recovered to 3-111, but their best chance at anything is now probably a draw.

Cowan finished 49 not out while captain Michael Clarke also remained on an unbeaten 34, however their contributions were the only bright spot as South African bowlers Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn ripped up the top order.

David Warner, Rob Quiney and old timer Ricky Ponting all exited before the 11th over with a combined 13 runs between them. Steyn, who is considered the best pace bowler in the world, took 1-27 while Morkel took 2-25 and almost claimed Cowan late in the day. A would be caught-behind wicket to Morkel would have crushed the Australian effort, but front-foot no-ball decision saved the Aussie opener.

Both Amla and Kallis reached the century mark for South African after compiling big day one scores and a 40 from AB de Villiers and a cheeky 31 from Jacques Rudolph helped finished off a fantastic first innings.

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