South Africa vs Australia Live Cricket Score, 1st Test, Day 1: Marsh, Smith put Australia on top
South African players celebrate the dismissal of David Warner © Getty Images
Feb 12, 2014
Australia end the day on a high with their batsmen producing an impressive show. Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith have so far added 199 runs for the fifth wicket, putting their side in command.
Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh have extended their partnership to 182 runs. South Africa have taken a new ball but their bowlers haven’t been able to create problems for these two.
Australian batsmen have held the ground.
Shaun Marsh’s younger brother Mitch Marsh congratulates him on his century against South Africa.
There it is! What a comeback from Shaun Marsh! The left-handed batsman completes a ton in 174 balls. This is his second Test century.
Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith have completed their century stand for the fifth wicket, while Australia’s first innings total is past the 200-run mark. It’s been an impressive show from these two Australian batsmen.
Play has resumed after tea and Steven Smith is looking in a splendid tough. The right-handed batsman plays an upper cut and then a straight drive off Morne Morkel to carry on the good work for Australia.
Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith have extended their partnership to 77 runs. This has been the best effort from Australia’s perspective so far today.
Marsh celebrates his return to the side with a half-century. He and Smith have stitched a solid 47-run partnership for the fifth wicket, and have steadied things around for the Australians.
Dale Steyn strikes again! The South African pace spearhead bangs in one short, and Michael Clarke, attempting a pull shot, gets a top edge and is caught at deep fine leg. Big breakthrough for the home side. Steven Smith walks in.
OUT! M Clarke 23(45)
Michael Clarke and Shaun Marsh have resumed after lunch. They are batting cautiously in order to rebuild Australia’s innings.
South Africa will be happy with their performance in the first session. They did not allow the Australian openers to find their feet early on, and when a partnership was building up between Doolan and Marsh, they did well to break it. Australia 83 for three in the first session.
Alex Doolan goes for the pull but finds the fielder at short midwicket. Ryan McLaren strikes as Australia lose their third wicket in the first session. Michael Clarke is the new man in.
OUT! A Doolan 27(51)
The two Australian batsmen have done well so far to steady their innings after the early blows. Doolan, making his debut in the match is looking confident in the middle and so is Marsh, who faced lot of short bowling from South African pacers.
Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh have done well so far the keep the South African pacers at bay. They have taken the team past the 50-run mark.
What a catch!!! Morne Morkel bangs it short and JP Duminy, standing at short leg takes a superb catch on his right at the short leg position. What a start from South Africa!
OUT! C Rogers 4(19)
And there’s the first wicket! South Africa draw first blood as David Warner is bowled off Dale Steyn. Warner tries to hit one delivery well outside the off-stump, but gets an inside edge. Debutant Alex Doolan is the new man in, who is off the mark with a single through the covers.
OUT! D Warner 12(16)
David Warner cracks two boundaries off Dale Steyn to start the proceedings for his side. The first one is hit through the mid-off while the second boundary comes through the cover region.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to field against Australia in the first Test.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the first Test between South Africa and Australia at the SuperSports Park in Centurion. Both the sides will be raring to go after the tremendous build-up to the series. Tasmanian batsman Alex Doolan is making his Test debut and he is being presented with the Baggy Green by Andrew Symonds.
South Africa: Graeme Smith(c), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Vernon Philander, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.
Australia: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke (c), Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon