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Proteas in control of second Aus test

The Proteas are firmly in control of the second test against Australia in PE on Saturday.

South Africa's batsman Hashim Amla plays a shot from Australia's cricketer Ryan Harris during the second test match between South Africa and Australia at Saint George's Park in Port Elizabeth on February 22, 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Proteas took control of the second test against Australia at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

South Africa bowled Australia out for 246 in their first innings. Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander both picked up three wickets.

In the Proteas' second innings Graeme Smith was dismissed for 14 and Dean Elgar for 16 which left the hosts on 42/2.

Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis steading the innings and put on a solid partnership of 70 to take South Africa past the 100 mark. Amla reached his fifty off 53 deliveries.

Du Plessis was the third wicket to go down as he was dismissed by Peter Siddle for 24 and in the final session of day three the Proteas were on 118/2 with a lead of 295 runs.

Wayne Parnell limped off the field earlier in the day with a groin injury and reports suggests that he won't bowl again in the test, but will be able to bat.