Centurion: 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 their second innings at stumps on the third day for a huge lead of 479. (Scorecard)
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. Warner was dropped three times - and twice in the 20s - to compound South Africa's problems as its fielding unraveled along with its 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. As he was on Thursday, Johnson was hostile as he removed Robin Peterson, AB de Villiers and last-man Morne Morkel. England's main destroyer in the Ashes with 37 wickets in five Tests, Johnson lived up to that fierce reputation with seven wickets overall at Centurion from 17.1 brutal and at times unplayable overs. De Villiers made 91 for South Africa's only major contribution as it added 66 on the day for the last four wickets.