Skipper 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.

 

 

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 Australian skipper is the highest scorer in Tests this year with 1,041 runs and averaging 115.66.