The first day of the long-awaited series between Australia and South Africa promised drama, and on that score it didn’t disappoint. The home side, having won the toss, found themselves languishing at 15/3, but Simon Katich and Michael Clarke, and then Andrew Symonds and Brad Haddin, battled back to leave the Aussies on a decent 341/9 at the close of play.
South Africa’s bowling attack has been much praised in the build-up to this Test, and it seems to have delivered for most of the day. Ntini in particular gave the Australians all sorts of trouble, and it will be interesting to see how Australia’s less than experienced bowlers fare when they get their chance on day two.
If every day’s play is like this, we’re in for a fantastic couple of weeks.