1st Test,Day 1: Aus v SA
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Last Updated: 10/11/12 12:07am
The South African batsmen have taken the light offered to them by the Umpires as the new ball gets taken - no need to risk it for now, they'll return tomorrow. It's been a day dominated by batting - South Africa have been on top of this from the first ball. The dismissal of Smith may have given the home side some belief but between Amla and Petersen the Aussie woes would continue. With Petersen gone, Kallis was up to the task and has done surperbly to forge a strong partnership with Amla. It hasn't really been Australia's day at all - in fact, Michael Clarke lost both his reviews and Siddle dropped Amla and overstepped on a ball which could have dismissed Kallis when Lyon took the catch. Tomorrow is a new day so lets see what it brings, until then, cheerio.
255/2 - So Hussey continues with the old ball, but Hilfenhaus has been told to warm up and get ready. All the lights are on and the skies look a bit gloomy, so it's just going to be a question of whether or not the light is good enough for the batsmen. Kallis scoops the last of the over above mid-on and with a bit of pace it manages to reach the ropes for four.251/2 - Quiney continues even though the new ball is available - and No, he didn't take the new ball. Amla faces up and defends the over. Fun times. Still no sign of the new ball.The new ball is available.251/2 - Amla gets a single on the leg side and Kallis gets two straight after. Hussey gets punished to the fine leg boundary after letting one stray down legside - Kallis sends it packing!244/2 - Another maiden over - it's Quiney's second of his five overs thus far.244/2 - Amla waits until the third to put away a single through point. Kallis retains the strike with a single off the back foot to cover on the last.242/2 - Two for Kallis as he works it to square leg and then sets off for a single behind point. Amla manages to notch up a single off the last ball.238/2 - Siddle continues gets a new ball, but not THE new ball, does that make sense? Basically there was a problem with the ball and they swopped it for one in a similar, but not as bad, shape.236/2 - Pattinson manages to keep it tight, there's just a few overs left now until the new ball - as long as they're not conceding boundaries, the home side will be content with things as they are.235/2 - Don't stress, it's another maiden! This time Siddle returns to the attack and doesn't really offer much besides a maiden over.235/2 - Pattinson returns for a spell, and clocks in a maiden - Amla not taking any risks here as the weather begins to get somewhat terrible.235/2 - Maiden over. That's what this was. It's a maiden. Moving along...235/2 - So with ten overs remaining Lyon continues. A few singles but not much else. Clarke probably just wanting to get done with the ten so they still get a chance to use the new ball tonight for some time.232/2 - Kallis pushes a single to mid on while Amla plays one through point. Kallis ends the over with one to square leg for a single.229/2 - Lyon bowls over the wicket as Kallis dispatches the first for three through the covers. Amla picks up one before Kallis helps himself to a couple and ends the over with a single.222/2 - Quiney's back for another over and this time just a single from it - Oh he is totally chuffed with himself, one from the over and don't blame him if he wants to open the bowling from now on! Confidence is key!221/2 - A nice over for South Africa as Kallis picks up a single from the second, Amla picks three up from square leg and Kallis ends the over with a single to deep point.216/2 - Just one run from the over as Kallis' defensive strokes frustrate the home side more and more as the day goes on.215/2 - Three singles from the over as Kallis picks up two of them and Amla steals the third.212/2 - All was going pretty well for Siddle until Amla got hold of the last and just went for a crazy slash - sending the ball flying over the slips and straight to the ropes for four!208/2 - Kallis plays safe before setting off for two on the last of the over. Still no signs of rain - clouds are hovering above head though...206/2 - DROPPED! Siddle delivers a slower one to Amla but he's totally scuffed that chance as Amla drives it straight back into his hands. Surely, surely, something has to go the way of Australia at some point??206/2 - Kallis defends the first couple but lashes out at the third and drives it straight through point for four - that's his half-century and remember he is lucky to still be there given the no-ball catch which almost had him packing.202/2 - Siddle pops up with another maiden, his second of the innings. Amla just being safe, easy does it.202/2 - Three from the over - Amla with one off the first and Kallis pulls the third for a couple to keep the score ticking over. The visitors in a serious pole position here.199/2 - Just one short of the 200-mark, Kallis picks up a single and Amla drives one through extra cover for three.195/2 - Pattinson rocks up with a maiden - Amla just can't get anything out of it.195/2 - Drama in the over as Kallis lofts one magnificently over midwicket for four before putting one straight into Lyon's hands - however after some discussion it turns out Siddle had his foot over the crease, deeming it a no ball! Kallis gets a lifeline!Here we go, the evening session begins without delay - let's see if we can get it all done and dusted.One could say South Africa are in full control here on Day One after the second session. Amla and Kallis are building on the Amla-Petersen partnership which was broken after a lapse in concentration from Petersen who guided the ball straight down Hussey's throat. But Australia's bowlers have never really looked on top of things, although with the weather changing that could offer the seamers some wanted swing so lets see how the evening session pans out - provided the rain stays away, of course!186/2 - The debutant gets a bowl, probably the last before tea as the clouds get darker around the stadium. A single to Kallis and two for Amla and that's it - end of the afternoon session.183/2 - A bunch of singles to go round, but nothing really to write home about - Kallis picks up two, and Amla picks up three.179/2 - Kallis takes the poor ball and glances it away to the fine-leg boundary for four - don't bowl like that and he won't punish you like that - well that's what Clarke is thinking at least.173/2 - Amla taps three runs off the fifth and Kallis nudges a single on the leg side to end things off.169/2 - A change of ends for Hilfenhaus and he concedes just three from thje over as Amla drives the fourth delivery through extra cover.166/2 - Amla offers a pretty solid drive through cover for the first boundary of the over. Kallis gets on strike after a single on the third and smashes one high and far over the ropes for the maximum!155/2 - Kallis gets a thick edge for four wide of point and sets off for a single straight after. Amla brings up his 5000 Test runs with a square nudge while Kallis ends the over with two between mid-on and midwicket.147/2 - Kallis carves a four-run boundary slicing one wide outside off and over gully! Amla brings up his fifty in style with a rocking cover drive - when he starts hitting shots like that, you need to start worrying - that is the sign of one heck-of-a capable batsman!136/2 - So Michael Hussey gets to bowl a few up-n-abouts and heck, why not! Two from it as Amla and Kallis each nab a single.134/2 - Siddle gets replaced by Hilfenhaus who comes in over the wicket and dishes up a maiden.134/2 - Pretty much a case of defend the good and punish the bad as Kallis gets a single to give Amla the strike - Amla immediately picks out the bad one and sends it through cover at a blistering pace.129/2 - Another over where the runs are a little few and far between as Kallis just steals one single from it.128/2 - Pattinson returns with two slips and what looks like two gully fielders. Amla and Kallis both pick up just a single from the over.126/2 - Siddle bowls a pretty tight over, just giving away one single as Amla cuts it down towards third man.125/2 - Kallis gets off the mark in emphatic fashion with a four wide of the man at mid-off! That's the over, and we're going to have another one of those brand name drinks breaks.119/2 - Wish I had more to report on this one, but Siddle has bowled a pretty solid maiden over with not much drama from it.119/2 - A slight lapse of concentration of Petersen and he lobs one straight down the throat of mid-off! WICKET! That's going to helps his confidence big time as he gets a standing ovation and multiple pats on the buttox at the end of the over.116/1 - Siddle comes over the wicket and Petersen knocks two before leaning over to the off side and pulling one in front of midwicket for four!110/1 - Lyon continues his second after lunch but Amla just nudges a few aside - easy does it - and adds to his score. Petersen grabs a single off the last to retain strike.106/1 - I thought maybe Hilfenhaus would move on now, but clearly not - Clarke wants to continue with his pace man and in return he dishes up a maiden.106/1 - Just two runs from the over as each batsman picks up a single to add to his own. Lyon returns to the attack to try use that spin of his to make a much needed breakthrough.104/1 - So the Aussie's go upstairs for their last review as Petersen is caught on the toe of his shoe - the Australian's are adamant that's out although the Umpire said not out. The DRS needs to prove to definitely be hitting in line... and after a tense wait Clarke learns that the initial decision stays! Australia lose their second review - Clarke's not happy, and nor is the Gabba crowd - they're chanting some kind of Australian chorus as Petersen rubs salt in the wounds with a back-foot cut outside off stump.100/1 - In his first Test match against Australia, Petersen has managed to notch up a half-century, and the way he's playing I wouldn't be surprised if he goes all the way to the century.97/1 - Amla can't seem to make proper contact but goes the easy route without losing his cool - a maiden over in the end for Hilfenhaus.97/1 - A couple off the over as Petersen moves closer to his half-century clipping one through square leg.95/1 - Streaky edge for four from Amla pierces the slip cordon - falling just short of Ricky Ponting!91/1 - Another maiden for the day, James Pattinson gets his second of the innings. Good bowling - Petersen just can't manage to get it away!91/1 - Petersen gets us underway with a single on the fourth of the over. Everyone looks refreshed and ready to roll!The afternoon session has begun with Hilfenhaus opening the bowling.A great morning session for South Africa who look to be in control thus far. Graeme Smith can't be too pleased with himself for not being in the middle but by the looks of things he'll have some time to think about it as Amla and Petersen seem to be in full control. Australia have one review remaining after having one deemed unsuccessful; although the use of DRS wasn't all bad for the hosts who managed to have a decision overturned - the one which removed Smith. Join us in about 35 minutes for the afternoon session.90/1 - Back foot drive from Petersen sends Pattinson's first of the over straight to the ropes - Petersen then notches up a couple with a glance down to fine leg. A punch on the fifth straight back past the bowler gets Petersen a couple and as Amla faces the last ball, the umpire ends the over with a welcomed "That's the over, let's go have lunch."80/1 - The runs are drying up as Lunch gets put out on the warmers. Just a single as Petersen gets one off the first.79/1 - Ok, that's a maiden. We're getting close to lunch and everyone is obviously getting hungry now.79/1 - Three slips and a gully - Ian Chappell tells us the pitch was rolled, cut across and cut down - as he says that, Petersen plays another one of his glorious pull shots, no chance of the fielder getting to that as it's placed perfectly for four. Some delays as the sightscreen issues hold us up for a moment.75/1 - Pattinson now returns for some pitch-time before the food break. I wonder which company has got the naming rights to that one? If I find out I will let you know, I promise. Petersen gets a single, that is all.74/1 - Looking for a wicket before Lunch, here's Peter Siddle ladies and gentlemen. Amla dispatches the paceman with an upper cut over point for four.70/1 - Three off the first - Petersen pulls off the back foot and puts it through midwicket.65/1 - Oh Amla you BEAUTY! The first of the over isn't very convincing as Petersen gives Amla strike with a strange effort but later in the over he double steps Lyon while coming down the pitch and lofts it over the long-on boundary for six!Got something you want to say? Tweet me on @asherjustin or send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll publish your views!58/1 - So Ian Healy and Glen McGrath are busy discussing what it would be like if bowlers could (and should) use both hands to bowl from. Healy goes on to state that someones sister (or daughter, I'm struggling to follow) can bowl either left or right handed. In the meantime, Hilfenhaus concedes a single off the first to Amla and only off the fifth to Petersen.56/1 - A bit of laughter as Petersen strides away for a single and his shoe comes lose halfway down the pitch - trust me though, it looks far better and dramatic in the slow motion replay, but if you want to recreate the moment, find yourself a long corridor, find a shoe six sizes too big, loosen it and then set off for a sprint down the corridor - let me know how that goes?49/1 - It's a maiden over for Hilfenhaus as the clouds start to engulf the stadium - not sure if it's actually going to rain, but Brisbane has some thunderstorm predicted so we're just going to have to monitor those clouds, ok?Ben, the beaut, Hilfenhaus returns to the bowling attack.49/1 - Lyon's off-breaks get underway with a couple through cover from Amla before the batsman adds a couple to his score before picking up a single off the fifth. Petersen ends the over with a single for himself.Here we go, it's Nathan Lyon - the lion in the bowling attack... no, not funny...let's see if he can get a roaring start........45/1 - Pattinson drops the first full and straight by Amla is equal to it as he comes forward and drives through midwicket. Amla flicks one away a few balls later and strolls through for the most comfortable single of his career.42/1 - So we're back from the named drinks break and Petersen gets off the mark on the second of the over with one in front of square leg. Amla picks up three off the fourth of the over with a drive through cover. Petersen ends the over with a couple to add to his tally.36/1 - Another LBW appeal and another one turned down. This time Clarke doesn't go for the review - a bit surprising not to review it, but Clarke may have felt that was a little too high... Amla responds with a couple to get off the mark. And now it's time for a drinks break - but not any drinks break, it's a Gatorade drinks break... that's right folks, these days we actually have naming rights for the drinks break - have you ever?!34/1 - Four from the over as Petersen receives a fairly full and straight one from Siddle and dispatches it through mid-on with a decent front foot drive - well timed 'ol chap!30/1 - Smith's first one up gets sent for review after another appeal - this time for LBW - gets turned down by the Umpire. A massive plea from the bowler eventually gets acknolwedged by the Captain. This time, though, the DRS system works in the host's favour and Smith walks after being caught plum in front. Smith is watching the replays on the big screen and begins walking - great breakthrough. That's really unfortunate for Smith who was hoping for a fairly successful innings here. Hashim Amla is the new man who has come out to some hostile bowling but manages to see off five balls with no problems.Hilfenhaus gets a rest as Pattinson returns.29/0 - Really interesting to see how the bowlers are trying to keep it real tight and up against the South Africans' upper body. Siddle's got four slips in there at the moment - no gully fielder though. Petersen smashes four through the long-on boundary, the widest one on the field - what a shot that was!23/0 - Two from the over with a leg-bye off Petersen's pads toward fine leg and a single from Smith.21/0 - Many feel Siddle should probably have opened the bowling the way he manages to get movement so early on with the new ball. Petersen eventually gets three off the bat as midwicket gives chase to the ropes and stops one inches short from rolling over - a fantastic effort from the fielder to stop the four.Peter Siddle is the new bowler.18/0 - That's a maiden for Hilfenhaus, his first of the game - Ponting rushes off to give a little love-tap on the lower spine region, showing his gratitude for the bowler.18/0 - Petersen shows how comfortable he is on the back foot as he pulls one majestically through the leg side for four! Not too shabby, even Ponting is impressed with that one!13/0 - Smith uses the movement on the pitch to nudge one aside to square leg for a single. Petersen doesn't manage to get anything through and casually remains calm in the middle.It's the best part of any Australian home series - the commentary. Love it!12/0 - Smith rotates that strike with a leg bye - typical "body-line" type bowling here from Pattinson but Smith gets through it unscathed as Petersen notches up three with a good drive through midwicket and Smith ends it with a single off the bat this time.7/0 - Bit of commotion in the middle as Hilfenhaus raises alarm bells with a loud appeal for caught behind. Although it's a "not out" from the umpire we're going upstairs for Australia's first review of the Series which shows Smith missed contact with the bat by quite some distance indeed - thanks to the KFC Hot Spot for that one. Smith gets one off the bat as Petersen defends the last ball.Looking a little cloudy out there this morning, but the weather-guru expects us to see more clouds embark on the stadium along with the 30 000-strong crowd.6/0 - James Pattinson opens from the opposite end with the new ball. Smith notches a single first up. Peteresen squeezes the second of the over backward of square for a quick two - lots of movement on the pitch this early morning and some really decent carry.3/0 - First over of the Series concedes just three as Smith gets off the mark with a couple through square leg and a single to deep midwicket. Petersen faces the last four of the over and sees it out simply.Umpires Billy Bowden and Asad Rauf, batsmen Smith and Petersen and the Australian XI, featuring debutant Quiney and his brand new baggy green, head out to the middle for the start of play. Strap in for the ride, folks, we're in for an intriguing opening session.Ed Cowan, David Warner, Rob Quiney, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Matthew Wade, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus.Graeme Smith, Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Rory Kleinveldt.The hosts have opted for spinner Nathan Lyon, while seamer Mitchell Starc won't play. The Proteas hand a debut to fast bowler Rory Kleinveldt, leaving leg-spinner Imran Tahir out of their XI.Visiting captain Graeme Smith has triumphed at the flip of the coin and South Africa will bat first. Clarke surely would have done the same had his opposite number not called correctly.Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on day one of the first Test of the three-match series between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba in Brisbane.