10 Nov 2012

Australia must make most of new ball

9:04 am on 10 November 2012

Australia will have to bowl their way back into the first cricket Test against South Africa following a deflating opening day of the heavyweight series at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

The world No.1-ranked Proteas will resume on 255 for 2 this morning with Hashim Amla on 90 and Jacques Kallis 84.

Apart from one major scare each, the classy pair have largely been untroubled in a 136-run third wicket stand on a soft Brisbane wicket that failed to deliver the pace for which it's renowned.

James Pattinson, the only paceman to have some day one success with the early scalp of Proteas captain Graeme Smith, feels the hosts can still restrict South Africa to below 400 if they made the most of the new ball.

However the South African opener Alviro Petersen, who set the tone with an important 64, declared the tourists aren't satisfied with just a solid platform and want to amass a big total.