SYDNEY: Centuries from Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince, and Charl Langeveldt's two wickets in six balls on Tuesday gave South Africa control of the third cricket Test against Australia.

Kallis and Prince shared a 219-run fourth-wicket stand before Shaun Pollock added a rearguard 46 for South Africa to declare at 451 for nine. It left Australia 15 overs to face on day two at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Australianswere reeling at 54 for three at stumps. Brad Hodge (6) was caught by Jacques Rudolph off Andre Nel's bowling in the last over, leaving skipper Ricky Ponting unbeaten on 13.

8,000 runs

Ponting, playing his 100th Test, became only the fourth Australian - behind twins Steve and Mark Waugh and Allan Border - to surpass 8,000 Test runs when he reached 12.

Langeveldt struck with the fifth ball of his second over - the fourth of the innings - when Matt Hayden (4) got an inside edge onto his stumps with the total at 22. Justin Langer, who had a reprieve on 12 when his slashing edge off Pollock was put down by Kallis at second slip, scored 25 from 20 balls before he was bowled by Langeveldt, making the total 35 for two.

While Australia tried to start its innings aggressively, the South Africans had been content to play only the loose balls in an 11-hour innings after winning the toss on Monday and electing to bat.

The South Africans resumed on Tuesday at 230 for three, with Kallis on 80 and Prince on 62. Kallis, co-winner of the international cricketer of the year award, notched up his 23rd Test hundred before he pulled an Andrew Symonds ball to Glenn McGrath at long leg and was out for 111 just before lunch. He recovered after twice being felled by Brett Lee during a fiery burst with the new ball.

Prince scored his maiden hundred against Australia, and third overall, before he was adjudged lbw for 119 to a Shane Warne ball that pitched in the rough well outside off stump and turned sharply into his pads. Rookie Johan Botha was unbeaten on 20 when skipper Graeme Smith declared the innings an hour before stumps. - AP

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