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Proteas win to ruin Ponting’s farewell

LAST STAND:Welcomed onto the field by a guard of honor of applauding South Africa players, Ricky Ponting lasted just 23 balls before heading back to the pavilion

Reuters, PERTH, Australia

Ed Cowan outlasted Ponting and had just reached his half-century when he fell for 53, leaving Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey to try and build the sort of partnership they enjoyed when Australia were in the ascendancy in the first two Tests.

It was not to be, though, as Clarke (44) was stumped charging down the wicket to Peterson, with Hussey (26) and Matthew Wade (10) soon following him back to the dressing room.

The tea break only delayed the departure of Mitchell Johnson (3) and John Hastings (20), but Mitchell Starc (68 not out) and Nathan Lyon wagged the tail with some vigor in a 10th-wicket partnership of 87.

Starc showed his top order how it should have been done and claimed his maiden half-century in 32 balls, scoring nine fours and two sixes in a fluent innings, before Lyon was caught by Smith off the bowling of Dale Steyn (3-72).

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