De Villiers and Amla brutal in Perth

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Updated: December 2, 2012

South Africa dominated play on the third day with a brutal batting assault on the Australian attack as they savaged 569 and set the hosts a winning target of 632 in the third test at the WACA in Perth.

The Australians survived a potentially tricky period of 14 overs by moving steadily to 40 without loss at stumps on Sunday after South Africa were dismissed for 569 an hour and a half after tea.

The day belonged to the batting pair of Hashim Amla, who scored 196, the best ever by a South African in a test at the WACA, and AB de Villiers.

De Villiers celebrated his first century as a wicketkeeper-batsman by smashing a stylish 169 after a relatively lean trot in England and during the first two tests against Australia.

163 and 0 for 40 need another 592 runs to beat South Africa 225 and 5 for 569 (Amla 196, de Villiers 169, Starc 6-154)