Michael Clarke said it was a great job and missed the opportunity of winning due to one day's rain in the first Test at Brisbane.

 

Michael Clarke said the big positive for Australia in Tuesday's drawn Gabba Test was his team's bowling performance against South Africa's heavyweight top order.

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.

Psychologically, Clarke's third-ranked team take the edge into next week's second Adelaide Test in the pivotal match of the three-match series which could lift the Australians back to the top ranking with a series victory.