David Warner blazed Australia’s third century in three days after fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 7-68, giving the tourists complete control over South Africa in the first Test on Friday.

Warner’s 115 off 151 balls with 13 fours and two sixes was almost as blisteringly quick as Johnson’s bowling as Australia raced to 288-3 in its second innings at stumps on the third day for a huge lead of 479.

After Johnson ripped out the remains of South Africa to reduce the top-ranked team to 206 in its first innings, Warner and Alex Doolan (89) dominated with the bat in a 205-run partnership in the afternoon Australia’s second double-century stand of the game.

Doolan just missed out on a hundred on debut in the closest thing to disappointment for Australia in a dominating start to the series.

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