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Warner piles on SA agony

David Warner, in action, on Friday

Centurion: David Warner struck 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 their 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 their 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. Warner was dropped three times — and twice in the 20s — to compound South Africa’s problems as their fielding unravelled along with their bowling and batting.

After South Africa were 140/6 overnight, Johnson continued the carnage with three wickets in the morning to go with his four on the second day, with the home team rolled out for 206.

Johnson was hostile, as he was on Thursday, removing Robin Peterson, AB de Villiers and last man Morne Morkel.