Mitchell Johnson takes 7 as Australia roll South Africa for 206

Centurion: The lightning-fast Mitchell Johnson continued the carnage as he took 7-68 to help bowl South Africa out for 206 early on the third day of the second test for Australia's big first-innings lead of 191.

Johnson blasted out four wickets on day two at SuperSport Park, and was just as hostile on Friday when he removed Robin Peterson, AB de Villiers and last-man Morne Morkel to keep Australia in control over the top-ranked home team in the early days of the hyped-up three-match series.

 Mitchell Johnson takes 7 as Australia roll South Africa for 206

Mitchell Johnson was all but unplayable. AP

England's main destroyer in the Ashes with 37 wickets in five tests, Johnson lived up to that fierce reputation straight away in South Africa with seven wickets 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.

Australia lost opener Chris Rogers to South Africa speedster Dale Steyn in the second over of its second innings to be 18-1 at lunch but the tourists still extended their significant lead to 209 and were in position to inflict on South Africa a second defeat at the Centurion ground in 18 tests — and the first since 2000.

Australia scored 397 batting first after being put in by South Africa captain Graeme Smith, with a career-best 148 from Shaun Marsh and 100 from Steve Smith.

In his second over on Friday, left-arm quick Johnson began with a lifting delivery to remove Robin Peterson, caught in the slips, for 10. He had De Villiers caught at mid-off by a jumping David Warner, and was way too fast for Morkel to beat the tailender first ball and have him edge a typically fierce short-pitched delivery to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Offspinner Nathan Lyon returned 2-38 and Peter Siddle had 1-33 but the innings was all about Johnson.

Clearly Australia's fiercest weapon in the Ashes whitewash of England, South Africa also had no answer when Johnson was at full speed.

He removed Graeme Smith and Faf du Plessis to almost unplayable deliveries on Thursday and Peterson and Morkel were rocked by more of the short stuff on the third day. De Villiers stood alone and hit 10 fours and two sixes, with South Africa's next best score 25 by JP Duminy.

AP

Updated Date: Feb 14, 2014 17:15:49 IST