Jacques Kallis plundered an unbeaten 137 and Hashim Amla posted his third century in as many tests against Australia before he was unluckily dismissed as South Africa’s batsmen continued to dominate the series-opening match at the Gabba.
The South Africans lost only one wicket in a prolonged, 38-over morning session Sunday and were 357 for three at lunch on day three, with Kallis and A.B. de Villiers (32 ) sharing an unbroken 73-run stand.
Kallis posted his 44th test century and rarely appeared troubled by the Australian attack, hitting 13 boundaries and a six. He shared a 165-run stand with Amla, who raised his 17th test hundred with a slashing cut shot before he was adjudged lbw to Peter Siddle for 104.
Amla was hit on the front pad, just above the knee roll, by Siddle and asked Kallis if he should call for a review after umpire Asad Rauf had slowly raised his finger to signal out. He left the field without calling for a review, but TV replays indicated that he should have asked for a referral because the ball was going over the stumps.
Amla stroked seven boundaries and a six in his six-and-a-half hour innings that spanned three days. He went to the crease with the Proteas at 29-1 after the dismissal of skipper Graeme Smith (10) on Friday and shared two important stands of 90 with Alviro Petersen (64) and Kallis.
Play resumed a half hour early Sunday in a bid to make up some overs after the entire second day was washed out and the first day finished eight overs early due to bad light. Amla started the day at 90 and Kallis was on 84, with the total at 255-2.
The players from both teams stopped play at 11 a.m. and stood together in a line for a Remembrance Day ceremony featuring a soldier playing the bugle at the boundary rope. Kallis was on 113 and de Villiers on 17 at the time, and the break didn’t hamper their concentration.
De Villiers had an early scare when he got an inside edge for four, narrowly missing the stumps and the diving Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, but otherwise the visiting batsmen dictated terms in the session.
Overhead conditions again should have favored the Australian seamers but, despite bowling a better length and at higher pace than they did on the first day, still didn’t yield much success.
It started to get overcast midway through the morning session, with rain possible later Sunday.
South Africa only has 10 available batsmen after J.P. Duminy ruptured his left Achilles in a training accident after the first day and will play no further part in the match.