Australia edge opening day in Perth

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Updated: November 30, 2012

The WACA pitch was true to her word, as the opening day of the third and deciding Test between Australia and South Africa, saw an amazing 12 wickets fall, giving the home team the edge at stumps.

South Africa shrugged off a disappointing first-innings total of 225 by striking early to reduce Australia to 33 for two at the close. The visitors elected to bat after calling the coin right, but suffered a horrible middle-order collapse as they slumped from 61 for one to 75 for six in eight overs while adding only 14 runs. Faf Du Plessis again saved their blushes with an undefeated 78 ably assisted by the tail, eventually getting them to 225 with Nathon Lyon capturing 3-41.

In the Australian first innings, Dale Steyn struck in the first over with the new ball when he had Ed Cowan caught at second slip by Jacques Kallis for a duck. Philander added to his wicket tally when he defeated Shane Watson with an in-swinger and referred the decision. He trapped Watson in front for 10, leaving the hosts on 18 for two. The night-watchman, Lyon, survived until stumps and will resume on seven with his senior partner, David Warner, who has 12.

Australia 2 for 33 trail South Africa 225 (Du Plessis 78*, Lyon 3-41) by 192 runs