A video of opener Ed Cowan smashed his maiden Test century at Gabba, Brisbane, helping Australia move closer to safety in the first Test against South Africa.


Cowan hit four to bring up his century in the second over after lunch.


Vernon Philander bowled a short ball and Cowan hit it off to the fence behind square,


The 30-year-old celebrated while running half-way down the pitch.


He acknoledged the crowd by taking off his helmet and showing his bat. He was congratulated by skipper Michael Clarke.