Shaun Marsh cracked eight boundaries to reach 67 not out © Getty Images
Shaun Marsh cracked eight boundaries to reach 67 not out © Getty Images

 

Feb 12, 2014

 

Shaun Marsh slammed an unbeaten half-century and Steven Smith was on 29 as they lead Australia’s recovery in the second session on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion.

 

Australia, who resumed at 83 for three, took tea at 176 for four with Marsh batting on 67.

 

Marsh and Steven Smith put up an unbeaten 78-run stand for the fifth wicket to lead Australia’s recovery, after they lost Michael Clarke for 23, at the score of 98.

 

This was after Australia reached 81 for three against South Africa in the first session.  After putting Australia to bat, South Africa reduced the tourists to 24 for two with their strike bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel providing crucial breakthroughs.

 

David Warner struck two boundaries in the first over of the match off Steyn, but the South African pacer had the last laugh as he got the left-handed batsman in the fourth over. Warner tried to cut a delivery outside the off-stump, but got an inside edge and the ball went on to crash into the leg stump.

 

Soon in the ninth over, Morkel squared up Chris Rogers with one that bounced a bit too much, and JP Duminy took a splendid catch at the short-leg position to get rid of the Australian opener.

 

After the early blows, debutant Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh combined to take their side safely into the second session. They put up an unbeaten –run stand for the third wicket, keeping the South African bowlers at bay.

 

Doolan started off with a boundary towards the backward point, and had his share of luck as an edge off Philander fell short of the slip fielder and went for a boundary, while another off Steyn flew over the slips.

 

However, close to the lunch break, on a short delivery from Ryan McLaren he went for the pull shot but was caught at the short midwicket for 27. Doolan faced 51 deliveries during his stay at the crease and hit five boundaries.

 

At lunch, Marsh was batting on 23, accompanied by Michael Clarke on 11.

 

Brief scores:

 

Australia 176 for 4 (Shaun Marsh 67*, Steven Smith 29*; Ryan Mclaren 1 for 8, Dale Steyn 2 for 34) vs South Africa.

 

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