De Villiers scores 126

PORT ELIZABETH – A first Test century in three years for AB de Villiers brought great delight to South Africa’s talismanic batsman, whose unbeaten 126 yesterday helped his side into a strong position to win the second Test and tie the four-match series.

South Africa still have work ahead on the fourth day at St George’s Park but De Villiers propelled the home side to a significant first innings lead which could prove the foundation for victory.

Australia are 41 runs ahead but only have five wickets remaining when they resume their second innings today.

“We are in a decent position. I honestly had a feeling we could have finished the game today if we had really got it right,” said De Villiers. “I still feel our bowlers have a lot in them and they are going to come with a lot of fire tomorrow morning and hopefully knock them over.”

De Villiers went to his 22nd test century before lunch with a characteristically innovative stroke, arching his back and helping a short ball over the slips and to the boundary.