Sydney: Mitchell Johnson has helped Australia take control of the third Test against South Africa, grabbing three wickets early on day three against the injury-hit Proteas.
Australia reduced South Africa to 176-4 at lunch on third day of the Test. a lead of 269 runs.
South Africa, which has an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series and would take the No. 1 Test ranking from Australia by completing a 3-0 sweep, lost three wickets for 51 runs in the morning session.
Mitchell Johnson had Jacques Kallis caught at slip and then ran out AB de Villiers with a direct hit. Allrounder Andrew McDonald trapped Hashim Amla leg-before-wicket for his first Test scalp.
Michael Clarke made 138 in Australia's first innings before South Africa, who lead the three-match series 2-0, reached 1-125 at stumps on Sunday.
Australia are desperate to claim a win in Sydney and retain Test cricket's top ranking.