Proteas ready to rip through Aust

SYDNEY ? South African century-maker Jacques Kallis is confident the tourists can rip through the Australian batting line-up when the third Test resumes today on an Sydney Cricket Ground wicket he says is helping the seamers.

Kallis said picking up Brad Hodge's wicket in the last over before stumps last night was a bonus on a perfect day. Australia was left reeling at 354 in reply to South Africa's 9451 declared.

More bad news followed for Australia after stumps with paceman Brett Lee reprimanded for dissent and coach John Buchanan fending off suggestions his side vented its frustrations in the field by verbally clashing with umpires Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan). "It worked out perfectly for us,'' Kallis said after making 111, his second century against Australia and 23rd overall.

The 219-run stand between Ashwell Prince and Kallis beat the previous fourth-wicket best by a South African pair against Australia, 206 by Charlie Frank and Dave Nourse in Johannesburg in 1921-22.

Kallis said 450 had been South Africa's target yesterday. "That puts a lot of pressure on Australia and we wanted about 15 overs, and we got exactly 15 overs,'' he said.

"We would have been happy with two (wickets). To get the third was an absolute bonus.

"If we can carry on putting them under pressure and getting the ball in the right area, then there's enough in the wicket to help the bowlers.''

Buchanan said South Africa deserved full credit for their solid batting performance.

"They've achieved what they set out to do at the beginning of the Test series ... to bat a long time (11 hours),'' Buchanan said.

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