Hashim Amla scored a fluent half-century to take South Africa to 186 for two at tea on the opening day of the first Test match against Australia at Brisbane.


South Africa scored 96 runs in the second session at the loss of Alviro Petersen (64), with Amla (69*) and Jacques Kallis (37*) sharing a 67-run unbeaten third-wicket partnership.


Amla also joined the 5000-run club in the process.


Earlier, Amla, the number two-ranked Test batsman, brought up his 24th Test half-century to put the Proteas in a commanding position after winning the toss. 


Amla unfurled his signature drives and cuts to put the Australian bowlers under pressure with the tourists reaching tea with only the loss of opening batsmen Graeme Smith (10) and Petersen.