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South Africa chase Sydney best for Test sweep

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  • South Africa must re-write record books to achieve historic win in 3rd Test
  • They start final day against Australia requiring another 314 runs for victory
  • Australia's fourth-innings total of 288 for two in 2005/06 is highest at Sydney
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(CNN) -- South Africa must re-write the record books if they are to complete a historic clean sweep by forcing victory in the third and final Test against Australia in Sydney.

Stand-in skipper Neil McKenzie knows South Africa must re-write the record books to win in Sydney.

Stand-in skipper Neil McKenzie knows South Africa must re-write the record books to win in Sydney.

The Proteas, who won the first two Tests and the series, start the final day requiring another 314 runs for victory.

And they must do it without skipper Graeme Smith who broke a finger batting in the first innings and is reluctant to risk an emergency outing unless circumstances dictate otherwise.

Set a formidable target of 376 from a minimum 116 overs, South Africa were 62 for one at the close on day four.

Stand-in skipper Neil McKenzie (25) and Hashim Amla (30) will resume the chase on a ground where Australia's fourth-innings total of 288 for two in the 2005/06 season against South Africa is the highest winning total.

After Australia declared their second innings at 257 for four, Doug Bollinger made the breakthrough, picking up his first Test wicket after stand-in opener Morne Morkel gave a catch to Mitchell Johnson at mid on without scoring.

Ricky Ponting closed Australia's innings after Michael Clarke (41) was caught in the deep going after quick runs. Michael Hussey was unbeaten on 45.

Earlier Ponting (53) and top scorer Simon Katich (61) made half-centuries as Australia looked to restore some pride.

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