A video of Australia coach Mickey Arthur’s press conference following the first Test against South Africa at Brisbane which ended in a draw.

 

Arthur said that he was happy with the way Australia fought back into the match after the Proteas dominated the first three days and that his team’s execution of plans after rains washed out Day Two was very good.

 

Arthur admitted that the hype surrounding the series and nerves got the better of his team on Day One but was happy with the way they corrected it.

 

When asked whether Shane Watson, who is out with injury, would make it back in time for the second Test in Adelaide starting November 22, Arthur said that the all-rounder is making good progress. However, he said that they will assess his fitness sometime next week before taking a final call.

 

Arthur said that he was not surprised with captain Michael Clarke’s double century and praised his “meticulous preparation” ahead of a series. He also said that Clarke is a great example for the rest of the team.

 

Clarke was named the man-of-the-match for his third double-century of the year, his unbeaten 259 which turned the match away from the Proteas over the closing two days after coming with his team wobbling at 40 for three on Sunday's third day.

 

The Proteas salvaged a draw under pressure by batting out 68 overs to finish the final day 166 for five with their last recognised batsman at the crease, after trailing the Australians by 115 runs in the first innings.