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Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen opening the batting for the visitors. Ben Hilfenhaus with the new ball for Australia. Smith will face. Three slips and a short leg the catchers. No one in the covers. No gully. Game time.

9.55 am Five minutes to the first ball and Brydon Coverdale, who's covering this Test at the Gabba along with Firdose Moonda, says the ground is not yet full. Expect it to fill up as the day progresses.

Venkat: "It's 1 AM here in Germany and am excited about the rip roaring action that is set to unveil at the Gabba! Staying up to watch the match tonight and skip work tomorrow."

9.45 am The first comment on the non-selection of Tahir is supportive of the decision. Dr Tam: "Exclusion of Tahir makes sense: There are 5 lefties in Australia's top order."

Gonzo: "Should be a close series as the Aussies are always tough at home and have some decent bowlers. Their batting hasn't been this weak since Kim Hughes burst into tears, though."

"Rob Quiney becomes the 5th player overall and first Australian to play test cricket with a last name starting with Q." Not sure if that's true, Jared, but points for innovation.

Anant: "Just realised Australia's entire bowling attack averages under 30 - that's extremely impressive."

Here's something you don't hear very often. "I'm English but I'm fully behind the Aussies!" says Jamie.

Smudgeon weighs in on the Hilfenhaus over Starc selection: "I don't get why so many people think Hilf should have been out in place of Starc. The way Hilf took India apart last summer was a pleasure to watch - he's earned his spot through performance at the top level. If he goes for 0/347 in in the morning session, then we can start talking replacements. Starc will get his chance, guys."

Andy: "Just after dinner here in the Caribbean, sitting down to follow some quality, top-notch cricket."

Lachlan: "Terrible weather and disasters here in New Jersey ain't gonna keep me away from unmissable cricket."

That's what so awesome about series like this one. The neutrals are tuning it despite the weird time zones.

MattW: "Whilst Clarke has talked up a bouncer barrage, I hope the Aussies continue on the direction that McDermott set them on last summer... pitch it up and give it a chance to swing... that tactic was a game changer for our bowling line-up!"

Toss, 9.30 am Graeme Smith has won the toss and South Africa will bat at the Gabba. And contrary to expectation, South Africa have not named the same XI from their last Test. The legspinner Imran Tahir is not playing, Rory Kleinveldt is making his Test debut. So, including Jacques Kallis, that's five quicks at Graeme Smith's command, and only JP Duminy as a slow-bowling option. The over-rate is going to be a challenge!

However, Smith has said Kallis was carrying a niggle so might not bowl much. So that could have prompted the playing of Kleinveldt.

Australia are playing the specialist spinner in Nathan Lyon and have picked Ben Hilfenhaus ahead of Mitchell Starc.

Not too long to go now, it's going to be "a damn good match," as Palash says from London, where it's a brutal midnight start. A 2.00 am start in South Africa is worse.

9.20 am Ten minutes until toss time and Brydon Coverdale, who's at the Gabba, has this to say: "It looks like Mitchell Starc will be the bowler to miss out [for Australia]. He's got the baseball catcher's mitt on and is taking the bowling from Hilfenhaus, Pattinson, Siddle and Lyon.

"And there won't be any late changes - Michael Clarke is out in the middle with blazer on and team sheet in hand, nearly ten minutes before the toss."

South Africa are expected to name the same XI they played in their previous Test, in England.

9.05 am We have an exhaustive preview package up on the site, but I'll give you something interactive to start with. If you think you're fairly knowledgeable when it comes to the history between Australia and South Africa, try and crack our quiz. Humble-brag alert: I got only ten right but I whizzed through it in five/six minutes.

"So Australia has a dossier on the South Africa team. So what?" is how Dan Brettig begins his preview of this Test. There's little that these teams don't know about each other, and yet the anticipation is tremendous. I wish I could say the same about other contests, India-Sri Lanka comes to mind.

"South Africa and Australia have consistently produced high quality, exciting Test cricket when playing each other recently. Will the battle for the title of world's best throw up another classic series?" asks Brydon Coverdale in his preview of the series.

And it's a year to the day since this jaw-dropping contest took place at Newlands. That was Gary Kirsten's first Test as South Africa's coach, Firdose Moonda assesses the year gone by.

8.55 am Hello, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of South Africa's tour of Australia. Test cricket is returning after a 67-day break and it's a potentially mouthwatering re-entrance - the battle for No. 1 begins at the Gabba. The build-up to this series has been immense and finally the time for talking is done with.

Twitter, of course, is buzzing. @AB de Villiers17 was one of the first: "Early morning. Ready for test cricket!"

Steve Smith isn't playing but he's watching: "Good luck to @CricketAus today vs SA. @BobbyQuiney for 100 on debut. Good luck mate!" Speaking of which, Rob Quiney has become Australia's 429th Test cricketer and received his baggygreen from Allan Border.

@jpduminy21: "To the ground we go 4 Day 1 of the 1st test! Emotions flying high and always a great honour and privilege to represent! #ProteaFire #muchluv"

And Firdose Moonda, our South African correspondent who's made the trip, has this to say about the weather: "Brisbane's weather reminds me of Durban's and its a stunning day to start the #cricket. #ausvsa #letsplay!"

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Smith, 2 runs, full and swinging into Smith from over the wicket, the South African captain gets going with a clip off his pads through square leg

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Smith, 1 run, full and straight again, Smith clips through midwicket for a single only because there's a fielder in the deep

The leg-side field was packed for Smith, not so much for Petersen.

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, a peach, pitches on a good length around off and seams away from the right-hander, Petersen begins to push at it but then pulls his bat inside the line

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, Hilfenhaus pitches around middle and the ball doesn't seam across as much, Petersen gets squared up as he defends

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, short of a length outside off, Petersen shoulders arms

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length on off with a hint of shape away from the right-hander, Petersen stays back and blocks

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africa 3/0
AN Petersen    0* (4b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-3-0
GC Smith    3* (2b)     

"This French essay can wait until the morning. Up at midnight to catch the cricket," says Nick from Cambridge.

James Pattinson to share the new ball, running in from over the wicket to Smith. Peter Siddle's chatting with him at the top of his run-up.

Dennis: "I think Australia's saving grace will be their bowlers. Let's see how they perform against this seasoned SA batting line-up."

1.1

Pattinson to Smith, 1 run, short of a length pitches just outside off and seams across the left-hander, Smith dabs it close on the off side and calls Petersen through

Petersen takes his time before taking guard ... three slips and a short leg.

1.2

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, full and straight, no away movement, Peterson drives firmly off the front foot and beats Pattinson, the fielder from extra cover sprints and slides to cover for the bowler

Sawdust is being applied to the bowling crease.

1.3

Pattinson to Petersen, 2 runs, Petersen gets squared up by a good length ball on off that holds its line, the outside edge goes wide of third slip

1.4

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, good length in the channel outside off stump, Petersen stays back and lets it go through to Wade

1.5

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, Petersen defends at a good length ball just outside off, plays it towards gully

1.6

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, good length and straight this time, Petersen is behind the line as he defends

End of over 2 (3 runs) South Africa 6/0
AN Petersen    2* (9b)      JL Pattinson    1-0-3-0
GC Smith    4* (3b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-3-0

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Smith, no run, Smith is a bit late in ducking under the first short ball of the series but manages to get under it

Smith makes Hilfenhaus abort his run-up and the bowler isn't pleased. Smith is chilling, before finally taking guard.

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Smith, no run, good length around off with movement into the left-hander, Smith stays in his crease and defends

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Smith, no run, straighter line and a fuller length, Smith moves across his stumps and tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pad, the ball trickles to Wade

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Smith, no run, a massive appeal for caught behind and Clarke has asked for a review of the not-out decision. The ball was full and down leg side once again and Smith tried to flick once again and missed. There was a noise as the ball passed him and Wade caught it. I can't really tell from the replays and hot spot. Doesn't look like there's an edge. A review down the drain for Australia.

KC: "Disappointed that the South Africans have omitted their spinner and I'm sick of hearing that leg-spinners have something to fear from left-handed batsmen. As a former leggie (albeit, only at grade cricket level, not first class), I used to love bowling to them. Pitch a decent wrong 'un at them and they don't know where they are. Can't remember a leftie that I couldn't beat."

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Smith, 1 run, Smith stays back and moves across to work a short of a length ball off his body towards fine leg

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, full and straight, Petersen moves towards the off side and defends, a risky stroke because he was playing across the line

End of over 3 (1 run) South Africa 7/0
AN Petersen    2* (10b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-4-0
GC Smith    5* (8b)      JL Pattinson    1-0-3-0

3.1

Pattinson to Smith, no run, Smith strides forward and defends the ball as it angles across him

Gareth: "The first session review gamble: tossing up the desire to get an early wicket, against only have one review for the rest of the innings. Aussies will take that gamble 11 times out of 10!"

3.2

Pattinson to Smith, 1 leg bye, they continue to attack Smith on his body and he continues to deflect the ball behind square, off his body this time

3.3

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, Petersen moves back and across to defend to the fielder at short leg

SthAussie: "What a waste of a review by Clarke, Wade hardly even appealed & that should tell you something..."

3.4

Pattinson to Petersen, 3 runs, too full, too straight and Petersen drives the ball through the empty midwicket region

3.5

Pattinson to Smith, no run, short of a length, pitching around off and moving across Smith, who covers his off stump and shoulders arms

3.6

Pattinson to Smith, 1 run, the line is on Smith's hips now and he glances the ball towards fine leg

End of over 4 (5 runs) South Africa 12/0
GC Smith    6* (12b)      JL Pattinson    2-0-7-0
AN Petersen    5* (12b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-4-0

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Smith, 1 run, Smith uses the movement into him to push the ball off his body through square leg

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, superb ball, pitches on a length that makes Petersen think twice about coming forward and then seams away from the right-hander and beats his back-foot prod

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length, left alone outside off stump

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, Petersen stays in his crease and defends a good length ball on off stump towards cover

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length outside off, Petersen covers his stumps and lifts his bat out of the way

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, fuller length around off, Petersen gets behind the line and defends

End of over 5 (1 run) South Africa 13/0
AN Petersen    5* (17b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-5-0
GC Smith    7* (13b)      JL Pattinson    2-0-7-0

5.1

Pattinson to Smith, no run, short of a length at Smith's body, he's cramped for room as he defends the ball on the leg side

Siddle's loosening his arms.

5.2

Pattinson to Smith, no run, a fuller length outside off stump, Smith lets it go judiciously. There's a huge gap at cover if he wants to take the risk and drive at such deliveries

5.3

Pattinson to Smith, no run, defended from the crease towards the bowler

5.4

Pattinson to Smith, no run, full and wide outside off stump, Smith reaches for it and drives to the fielder at short mid-off

5.5

Pattinson to Smith, 1 run, short of a length just outside off stump, Smith stays back and pushes the ball towards cover for a single

5.6

Pattinson to Petersen, FOUR, the first boundary of the series is off a majestic pull shot from Petersen, the ball was certainly short enough and Petersen sent it racing to the square leg boundary with a swivel on his heel and a flowing bat

End of over 6 (5 runs) South Africa 18/0
AN Petersen    9* (18b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    3-0-12-0
GC Smith    8* (18b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-5-0

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Smith, no run, good length and straight, bringing the ball into Smith, who gets behind the line and defends

6.2

Hilfenhaus to Smith, no run, good length outside off, Smith lets it go

Sriraj: "Looks like the bowlers have forgotten McDermott's message completely. Haven't seen a single ball where the batsman was forced to drive on the front foot!"

6.3

Hilfenhaus to Smith, no run, superb delivery, Hilfenhaus takes the ball away from Smith after pitching outside off stump, most of his previous deliveries had come into the left-hander, Smith was beaten as he tried to defend

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Smith, no run, the follow up is a bouncer and Smith takes cover

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Smith, no run, short of a length and aimed at Smith's ribs, he hurries to fend it down

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Smith, no run, defended on the leg side

And that's the first maiden of the Test.

End of over 7 (maiden) South Africa 18/0
GC Smith    8* (24b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-5-0
AN Petersen    9* (18b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    3-0-12-0

Sean: "Watching CricInfo's coverage from my office in Brisbane. Initial impression is Hilfy is going well but Pattinson might be tending a bit too straight? RSA openers appear to be doing a good job of patiently taking the shine off the new ball."

Hilfenhaus definitely going better than Pattinson, who is now out of the attack and replaced by Siddle, bowling over the wicket.

7.1

Siddle to Petersen, no run, his first ball is full but down leg side, Petersen moves across to glance but misses

7.2

Siddle to Petersen, no run, Siddle hits the pads with one that nips into Petersen, who plays no shot. Actually that didn't hit the pad, that bounced high enough to smack Petersen on the box

7.3

Siddle to Petersen, no run, Petersen stays back when he'd be better off coming forward, he gets caught in his crease by one that comes into him and hits the thigh

7.4

Siddle to Petersen, no run, Siddle keeps it on a good length just outside off, Petersen stays back and plays towards gully

7.5

Siddle to Petersen, no run, Petersen mis-times the straight drive against a full ball and the fielder at mid-on cuts it off

7.6

Siddle to Petersen, 3 runs, that's not that short at all but Petersen stays back and plays a short-arm pull in the air through the region between midwicket and mid-on, Pattinson chases and reaches the ball just in time

End of over 8 (3 runs) South Africa 21/0
AN Petersen    12* (24b 1x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-3-0
GC Smith    8* (24b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-5-0

8.1

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, Petersen pulls again but Cowan is at short square leg and he dives to his left to prevent the ball going past him

8.2

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, played from the crease on the leg side

8.3

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length and straight, Petersen is happy to stay back and defend. He's much more comfortable staying back, by the looks of it

8.4

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, 1 run, too full on the pads, Petersen glances towards fine leg

Lachlan: "Watch for a streaker in the next few overs. That will be me. Wearing a green and yellow wig coming from the Stanley street end. Better tune in." Or not!

8.5

Hilfenhaus to Smith, 1 run, Smith moves across to play the short of a length ball off his body behind square

8.6

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length outside off stump, shaping away from Petersen who stays back and lets the ball pass

End of over 9 (2 runs) South Africa 23/0
AN Petersen    13* (29b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-1-7-0
GC Smith    9* (25b)      PM Siddle    1-0-3-0

Four slips for Smith. No gully.

9.1

Siddle to Smith, (no ball) 1 run, Siddle over steps and then aims at Smith's body, he tucks it around the corner. Smith loves it there and Australia have looked to bowl to Smith's strength while packing the leg side field

9.1

Siddle to Petersen, no run, Petersen stays in his crease and defends towards the bowler

9.2

Siddle to Petersen, no run, good length just outside off stump, Petersen does not play a shot

9.3

Siddle to Petersen, no run, he comes slightly forward to defend a good length ball towards the bowler

Nikhil: "In regard to the streaker mentioned earlier, I'm sitting next to someone who matches that description. Should I be worried?"

9.4

Siddle to Petersen, FOUR, too full, a half-volley on middle and leg, Petersen drives fluently and sends the ball to the wide long-on boundary

9.5

Siddle to Petersen, no run, shorter length outside off stump, Petersen stays back and lets it go

Chuck: "SA starting to look too comfortable - and we left out the one man who's been taking wickets everywhere, in all forms of the game - STARC. hindsight is a great thing, but this may prove to have been a dire mistake!"

9.6

Siddle to Petersen, no run, beautiful ball, Petersen leaned across his stumps and tried to turn on the leg side by closing the face, Siddle pitched full on middle and off and got the ball to seam away from the right hander and beat the bat

End of over 10 (6 runs) South Africa 29/0
AN Petersen    17* (35b 2x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-9-0
GC Smith    10* (26b)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-1-7-0

Pattinson's back for a second spell, replacing Hilfenhaus. Pattinson's bowling from over the wicket with four slips and no gully to Smith.

10.1

Pattinson to Smith, OUT, a huge appeal for lbw but umpire Bowden says not out. Will Clarke use his only remaining review? He will. The ball pitched in line, it hit in line, it wasn't too high, it's crashing into off stump. Smith's gone. Bowden has overturned his not-out decision. What a start to Pattinson's second spell. He pitched it on a good length and caught Smith on the crease. The bat was a bit late in coming across the front pad and Pattinson beat it with the shape into the left-hander to hit the back pad.

GC Smith lbw b Pattinson 10 (47m 27b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.03

Pattinson's hair-do got a serious roughing up as the Aussies realised the decision was going to be over-turned.

Hashim Amla is the new batsman. Pattinson goes round the wicket straight away.

10.2

Pattinson to Amla, no run, short of a length slanting across Amla, who lets it go

Quiney is at third man, but not all the way on the boundary line.

10.3

Pattinson to Amla, 1 wide, another bouncer, at 135 kph, Amla ducks

10.3

Pattinson to Amla, no run, a third short ball, Amla bends his knees and sways out of the way

Back over the wicket now.

10.4

Pattinson to Amla, no run, full and fast in the channel outside of stump, Amla lets it go. Pattinson has definitely moved up a few gears in his second spell.

10.5

Pattinson to Amla, no run, good length outside off, Amla lets it pass once again

10.6

Pattinson to Amla, no run, Amla defends a full ball on the off side, the extra ball was because one of the short balls was called wide

End of over 11 (1 run) South Africa 30/1
HM Amla    0* (5b)      JL Pattinson    4-0-13-1
AN Petersen    17* (35b 2x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-9-0

11.1

Siddle to Petersen, no run, good length and straight, Petersen moves across and defends on the leg side

Three slips, a gully and a short leg in place.

11.2

Siddle to Petersen, FOUR, a full and straight ball and Petersen meets it on the front foot with a drive through the empty mid-on region, didn't try and hit it hard, just timed it

11.3

Siddle to Petersen, no run, full length outside off, Petersen stays in his crease and lets it go

Dan: "Correct me if I'm wrong, but that Smith dismissal sounds a lot like the infamous leaked dossier suggested he would be susceptible to!"

11.4

Siddle to Petersen, no run, full and straight once again, Petersen stays in his crease and pushes towards mid-on

11.5

Siddle to Petersen, no run, defended on the off side

11.6

Siddle to Petersen, no run, Petersen leans forward and plays a full ball on the leg side

David has a question: "When was the last time 4 victorians played in the same test?"

End of over 12 (4 runs) South Africa 34/1
AN Petersen    21* (41b 3x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-13-0
HM Amla    0* (5b)      JL Pattinson    4-0-13-1

12.1

Pattinson to Amla, no run, another massive lbw appeal and once again Bowden says not out. Will Clarke review? He decides not to after a look at Wade. Amla was caught on the crease by a good length ball and squared up. The impact was a bit high on the back pad

12.2

Pattinson to Amla, no run, Amla stays in his crease and defends on the leg side

12.3

Pattinson to Amla, no run, Amla defends on the back foot towards the off side

12.4

Pattinson to Amla, 2 runs, Amla was looking to play that more through midwicket but ended up playing past the bowler towards mid-on

12.5

Pattinson to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, the batsman lets it go

David, Brydon Coverdale tells me it's in this match from 1992. Jones, Hughes, Reiffel and Phillips in his one and only Test.

12.6

Pattinson to Amla, no run, left alone outside off stump, and the players will break for drinks

Nate: "Good call Chuck... this is test cricket mate, no free wickets here like hit and giggle... bit of patience."

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 36/1
HM Amla    2* (11b)      JL Pattinson    5-0-15-1
AN Petersen    21* (41b 3x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-13-0

13.1

Siddle to Petersen, no run, 137 kph, full ball outside off with movement away from the right-hander, Petersen lets it go

13.2

Siddle to Petersen, 1 run, Petersen continues to stay back to good length balls and plays this one from middle stump in front of square leg

13.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off at 135 kph, Amla lets it go

13.4

Siddle to Amla, 3 runs, Amla moves toward the off and drives a length ball from outside off through the covers, Siddle is beginning to move the ball away from the right-handers

13.5

Siddle to Petersen, 2 runs, Petersen moves more across than forward to clip a fuller ball off his pads behind square

13.6

Siddle to Petersen, no run, good length and a great line, just outside off, Petersen stays in his crease and lets it pass

End of over 14 (6 runs) South Africa 42/1
AN Petersen    24* (45b 3x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-19-0
HM Amla    5* (13b)      JL Pattinson    5-0-15-1

14.1

Pattinson to Amla, 2 runs, 139 kph, bowled full and straight, Amla leans forward and across to drive the ball through midwicket

14.2

Pattinson to Amla, no run, good length outside off at 134 kph, Amla shoulders arms

14.3

Pattinson to Amla, no run, good length just outside off, Amla isn't drawn into playing it

14.4

Pattinson to Amla, no run, 139 kph outside off stump, once again no shot from Amla

Srikanth: "Stop telling me how the line and length the Aussies are bowling. I want to know how they are sledging Amla!" Haven't heard or seen anything so far.

14.5

Pattinson to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves across to glance the short of a length delivery off his hips behind square

14.6

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, 135.6 kph, good length and straight, Petersen gets behind the line and defends

End of over 15 (3 runs) South Africa 45/1
AN Petersen    24* (46b 3x4)      JL Pattinson    6-0-18-1
HM Amla    8* (18b)      PM Siddle    4-0-19-0

Spin for the first time in the Test, Nathan Lyon to bowl offbreaks from over the wicket. One slip and a short leg in place. As well as long on, deep midwicket and deep square leg.

15.1

Lyon to Amla, 2 runs, full ball outside off, Amla moves forward and outside off before driving through cover

15.2

Lyon to Amla, no run, an appeal for lbw because Amla moved across and forward, exposing middle and leg stump, and tried to play on the leg side, the ball hit the pad and lobbed to short leg. It was too high

15.3

Lyon to Amla, no run, defended on the leg side

15.4

Lyon to Amla, no run, a full ball outside off, Amla lets it go

15.5

Lyon to Amla, 1 run, he stays back and nudges the straight ball on the leg side

Long-on has come in and is about half way now.

15.6

Lyon to Petersen, 1 run, tossed up on off and middle, Petersen turns the ball off his pads behind square

End of over 16 (4 runs) South Africa 49/1
AN Petersen    25* (47b 3x4)      NM Lyon    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    11* (23b)      JL Pattinson    6-0-18-1

Hilfenhaus from over the wicket for his second spell.

16.1

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length on off stump and the ball seams away from Petersen, who lets it go

16.2

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, he gets squared up as he defends a good length ball on the off side

16.3

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, short of a length outside off at 131 kph, Petersen lets it go as the ball shapes away from him

16.4

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, a fuller length, pitching outside off and seaming away at 129 kph, Petersen shoulders arms

16.5

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, defended on the back foot towards cover

16.6

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, a full ball swings away from Petersen at 131 kph, he lets it go

End of over 17 (maiden) South Africa 49/1
AN Petersen    25* (53b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-2-7-0
HM Amla    11* (23b)      NM Lyon    1-0-4-0

Declan: "Gotta say it's good that summer has finally arrived. Nothing better than seeing James Pattinson screaming in. Good old fashioned Test fast bowler. Cracking the fifth VB already. Cheers!"

17.1

Lyon to Amla, no run, Amla tries to sweep but is hit on the pad outside the line of off stump

17.2

Lyon to Amla, 3 runs, he moves a long way across his stumps and then has to glance one that spins and turns towards fine leg. More bounce than turn

A leg slip in place now.

17.3

Lyon to Petersen, no run, Petersen stays in his crease and defends towards short leg

17.4

Lyon to Petersen, 2 runs, Petersen sees gaps in the point region and hits the ball into that space with a reverse sweep. He runs the single and manages to kick off a shoe in the middle of the pitch. Warner had moved from point to leg slip.

17.5

Lyon to Petersen, 1 run, bowled down the leg side and Petersen glances behind square

17.6

Lyon to Amla, 1 run, short ball and Amla has time to go back and pull behind square

Bez: "I still can't believe SA left Tahir out. I get that they're concerned about all the left-handers in Oz's top order, but how do you go into a match in Australia without a spinner? It's foolish! The bounce and turn Lyon's getting here is just driving that point home."

End of over 18 (7 runs) South Africa 56/1
HM Amla    15* (26b)      NM Lyon    2-0-11-0
AN Petersen    28* (56b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-2-7-0

18.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, 134 kph, good length and straight, Amla plays the ball off his pads through square

18.2

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length outside off, Petersen stays in his crease and defend son the off side

18.3

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, Petersen pushes forward and defend son the off side

18.4

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, Petersen moves slightly forward to defend and plays a full ball towards point

18.5

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, 1 run, driven to mid-off on the front foot

Chuck may be trying another jink: "Nothing exciting about Lyon - feels like we're already trying to stop the flow of runs rather than hunting for wickets...if only he could spin the ball!"

18.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, Amla lets it pass

End of over 19 (2 runs) South Africa 58/1
HM Amla    16* (28b)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-2-9-0
AN Petersen    29* (60b 3x4)      NM Lyon    2-0-11-0

19.1

Lyon to Petersen, 1 bye, what's that hit? Petersen moved back and across in his crease, exposing his leg and middle stump. The ball seemed to clip the glove as he tried to leg glance and go over David Warner at leg slip. Warner was moving to his right to catch the ball but the ball also clipped Wade's gloves and went over Warner. It's been called a bye so no glove from Petersen.

19.2

Lyon to Amla, no run, defended on the leg side

19.3

Lyon to Amla, no run, played back to the bowler

19.4

Lyon to Amla, SIX, Amla takes the fight to Lyon, skipping down the pitch, getting to the ball, and lofting straight over the bowler's head and all the way for six

19.5

Lyon to Amla, no run, Lyon shortens his length and Amla's pull off the back foot hits Cowan at short leg

19.6

Lyon to Amla, no run, a bit of spin into the right-hander, Amla defend son the back foot

End of over 20 (7 runs) South Africa 65/1
HM Amla    22* (33b 1x6)      NM Lyon    3-0-17-0
AN Petersen    29* (61b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-2-9-0

20.1

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, 3 runs, short ball and Petersen pulls off the back foot through midwicket

20.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 wide, short ball and Amla ducks under it, it's been called a wide

20.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, the batsman lets it pass

20.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, he lets another one pass through to Wade

20.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, good length outside off, Amla plays no shot

20.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, good length on off stump, Amla pushes towards cover and sprints

20.6

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, the slower ball but it's bowled too wide to fool Petersen into playing a shot

End of over 21 (5 runs) South Africa 70/1
AN Petersen    32* (63b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-2-14-0
HM Amla    23* (37b 1x6)      NM Lyon    3-0-17-0

Ajeet: "I disagree with Chuck. Lyon is bowling well. He is also getting good turn. Only problem is that he is playing against SA not England."

21.1

Siddle to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, the batsman lets it go again

21.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off at 134 kph and that ball flies through to Wade after Amla fails to connect with the slash, superb carry for Siddle

21.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, good length around off, Amla trusts the bounce and lets it go over the top of his stumps

21.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, good length and straight, Amla stays back and nudges on the leg side, Siddle runs across to prevent the single

21.5

Siddle to Amla, FOUR, short of a length with width outside off, shouts of "catch", as Amla slashes, he hits it through the gap and collects a boundary

21.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, fuller ball around off stump, Amla presses forward and defends

End of over 22 (4 runs) South Africa 74/1
HM Amla    27* (43b 1x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    5-0-23-0
AN Petersen    32* (63b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-2-14-0

Pattinson's back from over the wicket ...

22.1

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, good length around off, Petersen stays in his crease and defends on the off side

22.2

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, Petersen moves across a touch and defends a good length ball

There's a bit of cloud around at the moment. Two slips and a deep-ish gully.

22.3

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, 138 kph, fuller length outside off stump, Petersen tries to drive but gets a thick edge along the ground to point

22.4

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, 135 kph, on a full length outside off, Petersen protects his off stump and lets it go

22.5

Pattinson to Petersen, 1 run, fuller length on middle stump, Petersen moves across and clips through midwicket

22.6

Pattinson to Amla, no run, 135.5 kph outside off stump, Amla lets it go

End of over 23 (1 run) South Africa 75/1
HM Amla    27* (44b 1x4 1x6)      JL Pattinson    7-0-19-1
AN Petersen    33* (68b 3x4)      PM Siddle    5-0-23-0

John: "Excellent. I've been waiting to see Amla open up."

23.1

Siddle to Petersen, no run, good length and straight, Petersen stays in his crease and defends

Three slips for Siddle.

23.2

Siddle to Petersen, FOUR, too short and even though it's outside off stump, Petersen's tendency to stay back gives him enough time to swivel and pull through midwicket, Cowan's in the deep but he has no chance of stopping that

23.3

Siddle to Petersen, no run, defended on the leg side

23.4

Siddle to Petersen, no run, full ball outside off, Petersen stays back and shoulders arms

23.5

Siddle to Petersen, no run, good length around off stump at 136 kph, Petersen drives to mid off on the front foot

23.6

Siddle to Petersen, no run, good length around off stump at 133.6 kph, Petersen defends on the back foot

End of over 24 (4 runs) South Africa 79/1
AN Petersen    37* (74b 4x4)      PM Siddle    6-0-27-0
HM Amla    27* (44b 1x4 1x6)      JL Pattinson    7-0-19-1

24.1

Pattinson to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, Amla lets it go, eight minutes until lunch

24.2

Pattinson to Amla, no run, good length angling into off and middle, Amla gets behind the line and defends

24.3

Pattinson to Amla, no run, the bouncer at nearly 137kph, Amla ducks

24.4

Pattinson to Amla, no run, Amla tries to drive a full and straight ball but gets an outside edge towards point

24.5

Pattinson to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, Amla lets it pass

A silly mid-on in place.

24.6

Pattinson to Amla, no run, good length outside off, Amla plays no shot again

End of over 25 (maiden) South Africa 79/1
HM Amla    27* (50b 1x4 1x6)      JL Pattinson    8-1-19-1
AN Petersen    37* (74b 4x4)      PM Siddle    6-0-27-0

We should get a couple of overs in before the lunch break, unless this one takes five minutes.

25.1

Siddle to Petersen, 1 run, a bit too straight and Petersen is able to turn the ball off the back foot behind square

25.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, good length just outside off at 137 kph, Amla lifts his bat out of the way

Merwin: "Maybe its time to start sledging Amla?"

25.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, Amla stays in his crease and plays the ball towards point

25.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, good length outside off, Amla will not be tempted with lunch so close, he lets it go

Abhi: "It's the same bowling line up that played against India..you can see the difference in class here..SA batsmen are moving their feet quicker and getting right behind the line of the ball. Aussies line is pretty much the same as what they did against India."

25.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, another one left alone by Amla, and Wade collects

25.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, fuller and straighter, Amla is right behind it and punches to mid-off, we'll get another over in before lunch

End of over 26 (1 run) South Africa 80/1
HM Amla    27* (55b 1x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    7-0-28-0
AN Petersen    38* (75b 4x4)      JL Pattinson    8-1-19-1

26.1

Pattinson to Petersen, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Petersen does not let it go, instead he cuts, and hard, hitting the ball through the gap in front of point

26.2

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, good length and straighter, Petersen moves across and defends

26.3

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, looking for the yorker that time but didn't quite get it right, Petersen tries to glance off his toes but doesn't make contact

26.4

Pattinson to Petersen, 2 runs, too straight this time and Petersen glances off his pads towards fine leg

CSB: "Does nobody remember that India were 3/200 or some-such after their first (half) day of batting? Everyone was saying about their batsmen then what they're saying about SA's batsmen now."

26.5

Pattinson to Petersen, (no ball) 1 run, short of a length and at Petersen's body, he tried to play on the leg side but ended up dabbing towards the off, Pattinson had over-stepped

26.5

Pattinson to Amla, 2 runs, full and straight, Amla drives and finds the gap between the bowler and the fielder at silly mid-on

Last ball of the first session ...

26.6

Pattinson to Amla, no run, and Amla leans forward an defends on the leg side. "Over, and time for some lunch," says umpire Bowden.

Lunch 12.04 pm South Africa have had the better of that session after choosing to bat. Australia bowled to some set plans for Smith and Petersen but they didn't seem to work. Pattinson then got Smith with the first ball of his second spell, but Amla and Petersen have looked largely untroubled since. I'll be back in 40 minutes for the second session.

Geoffrey: "I think Australia will have to rethink their bowling plans. Looking at the graphs they probably guilty on going on to the pads a touch too much. Also feel Siddle hasn't come into his own this season, didn't bowl as well as he did in the domestic matches leading up to the first test. Well done SA, back to drawing board for Australia."

Ryan: "Having watched the whole session I can say definitely SA batsman seem better at leaving the ball compared to what the meek Indians managed, but also Australia have NOT bowled full enough.. we haven't seen any off/cover drives, all runs have been square of the wicket or off the pads, Mcdermott get on the phone, they seem lost without you!"

Tom: "I reckon Australia is definitely missing Starc's variation as a left-armer. He has been in superb form so far this summer and bowls a great full length that is always rewarded at the Gabba. Hopefully Pattinson and Siddle in particular come out after lunch fired up and start sending down thunderbolts on a fuller length."

End of over 27 (10 runs) South Africa 90/1
HM Amla    29* (57b 1x4 1x6)      JL Pattinson    9-1-29-1
AN Petersen    45* (80b 5x4)      PM Siddle    7-0-28-0

A little more than five minutes until play resumes. You could spend it by reading Dan Brettig's lunch report.

PD: "SAF on top at the moment. Aus not getting any lateral movement. I feel SAF though have made a tactical blunder by not picking Imran Tahir. The ball seems to be spinning and bouncing already... imagine this day 4 and 5."

Petersen to face the first ball after the lunch break, from Hilfenhaus, from over the wicket.

27.1

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, fullish length outside off, Petersen moves forward and drives to cover

27.2

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, played towards cover once again

27.3

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length just outside off stump, Peteren gets squared up and edges it but the ball falls well short of gully

27.4

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, 1 run, a bit too straight this time and Petersen tucks the ball behind square and scores his first run since the break

27.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, good length and straight, Amla gets behind the line and blocks

27.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, fuller and straighter, Amla drives but does not beat mid-on

End of over 28 (1 run) South Africa 91/1
HM Amla    29* (59b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-2-15-0
AN Petersen    46* (84b 5x4)      JL Pattinson    9-1-29-1

Pattinson from over the wicket from the Stanley Street end, from where he bowled his second spell in the first session.

28.1

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, good length angling into off and middle, Petersen moves across and defends

28.2

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, fuller length on middle stump, Petersen stays in his crease and defends on the leg side

28.3

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, Petersen moves forward and drives a length ball to mid-on

28.4

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, nearly in the blockhole around off stump and Petersen defends on the leg side

Gareth: "The value of a Watson. No genuine allrounder. I think there's a case to have included Maxwell instead of Quiney. Glen has been batting well in first class of late, and there needs to be a fifth bowling option. Even if he is a little green."

28.5

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, Petersen stays back and closes the face to nudge a good length ball from middle stump towards square leg

28.6

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, good length outside off, Petersen lets it go

End of over 29 (maiden) South Africa 91/1
AN Petersen    46* (90b 5x4)      JL Pattinson    10-2-29-1
HM Amla    29* (59b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-2-15-0

29.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, good length and straight, Amla stays back, gets behind the line and defends

29.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, on a good line and length outside off, not much movement, Amla stays back and blocks

29.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, FOUR, edged but the ball doesn't carry and it bursts between first and second slip to the third man boundary. Amla pushed tentatively at a good length ball outside off and seemed to play it with soft hands, it fell just short of Ponting

29.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, played off the back foot to cover

29.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, full ball outside off, Amla plays the cover drive but doesn't find the gap

29.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, good length once again, around off, Hilfenhaus continues to probe in that region, Amla defends

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 95/1
HM Amla    33* (65b 2x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-2-19-0
AN Petersen    46* (90b 5x4)      JL Pattinson    10-2-29-1

30.1

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, pitches around off and angles into the right-hander, Petersen defends on the leg side

30.2

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, defended on the back foot towards point

30.3

Pattinson to Petersen, 2 runs, Petersen leans across and clips a full ball off his pads through square leg

SthAussie: "@Gareth, but we have golden arm hussey as our 5th bowler mate!! In all honesty I do agree though, but then our batting lineup would be a bit weak which is where our main issues lie, hard call."

30.4

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, played off the back foot on the leg side

30.5

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, punched off the back foot towards cover

30.6

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, good length outside off stump, Petersen moves back and across and defends towards the fielder at cover

30.7

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, looks like it's a seven ball over, the last one is defended on the leg side, the umpire has miscounted

Jimmy: "@Gareth, Australia dominated world cricket with 4 bowlers for over a decade. The idea that you need a 5th bowler is a fallacy. The best teams don't win because they have a few players that can pitch in. They win because they have dominant players."

End of over 31 (2 runs) South Africa 97/1
AN Petersen    48* (97b 5x4)      JL Pattinson    11-2-31-1
HM Amla    33* (65b 2x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-2-19-0

31.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, good length outside off stump, Amla stays back and plays on the off side

31.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, short and wide outside off stump, Amla mis-times the cut towards Warner at point

31.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, good length outside off, Amla moves forward and blocks

31.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, Amla goes back and defends on the leg side, the Australian bowlers have given very little away since lunch

31.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, Amla pushes hard from his crease without moving his feet and ends up punching a good length ball towards mid-off, falls a few feet short of the fielder

31.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, played off the back foot towards midwicket

GK: "@Jimmy. Garbage! That Aussie side used to have a rather incisive Steve Waugh who often took the ball. You don't need 5 bowlers, but you do need at least 4.5!"

End of over 32 (maiden) South Africa 97/1
HM Amla    33* (71b 2x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-3-19-0
AN Petersen    48* (97b 5x4)      JL Pattinson    11-2-31-1

32.1

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, good length on off and middle, Petersen stays back and plays towards midwicket

Mishaal: "I'm amazed at how many people are rubbishing Australia's bowling (and batting in some cases) after the first session. We have (hopefully) 45 sessions of cricket between the top two sides to go."

32.2

Pattinson to Petersen, 2 runs, too full on the pads, Petersen clips through midwicket and runs the second to bring up his half-century. It's been a measured innings, and chanceless

32.3

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, he's coming more on to the front foot too in this session, this ball is on a good length and Petersen met it with bat and pad close together

32.4

Pattinson to Petersen, no run, pushed on the front foot towards mid-on

Tom: "@ Jimmy, you may have a point there. But this Aussie bowling attack isn't exactly Warne, McGrath, Lee, Gillespie anymore. The point is we need an all-rounder like Watson now because we no longer have that dominant bowler."

32.5

Pattinson to Petersen, 1 run, Petersen moves across and tucks the ball from off stump behind square

32.6

Pattinson to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off stump once again, Amla uses the width to cut but doesn't beat Warner at point

End of over 33 (3 runs) South Africa 100/1
HM Amla    33* (72b 2x4 1x6)      JL Pattinson    12-2-34-1
AN Petersen    51* (102b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-3-19-0

33.1

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, Petersen cuts this time and he too doesn't beat point, there was width for the shot

33.2

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, it's the in-swinging yorker and there's an appeal for lbw because the Australians think it's hit the boot before the bat. Clarke asks for a review after umpire Rauf says not out. Replays show the ball has kissed the toe of the boot before thudding into the middle of the bat. Has the ball hit the boot in line with the stumps? Not enough to overturn the decision. Some part of the ball was outside off. It stays with the umpire's call because of the line of impact, even though the ball was going to demolish middle stump. Australia have no more reviews left

33.3

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Petersen stays back and cuts hard behind point

33.4

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

33.5

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

33.6

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length outside off at 133 kph, the batsman defends on the off side

End of over 34 (4 runs) South Africa 104/1
AN Petersen    55* (108b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-3-23-0
HM Amla    33* (72b 2x4 1x6)      JL Pattinson    12-2-34-1

Lyon begins his second spell, a slip and a short leg in place.

34.1

Lyon to Amla, no run, tossed up outside off and there is turn into the right-hander, Amla moves forward and defends

34.2

Lyon to Amla, 1 run, too straight and Amla stays back and drives through midwicket

34.3

Lyon to Petersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler on the front foot

Ryan: "With a bit more luck Aus would have them 3 down, thats the 2nd time the umpire has gone with SA on the 50/50 I know DRS is there to remove the howlers, but as a fan it can be painful to see middle stump being smashed but the decision not given."

34.4

Lyon to Petersen, no run, Petersen moves forward and across and nudges towards midwicket

34.5

Lyon to Petersen, 1 run, Petersen moves back and right across to play the ball towards square leg

34.6

Lyon to Amla, no run, Amla flicks and hits the ball to the man at short leg

End of over 35 (2 runs) South Africa 106/1
HM Amla    34* (75b 2x4 1x6)      NM Lyon    4-0-19-0
AN Petersen    56* (111b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-3-23-0

35.1

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

35.2

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, Petersen stays in his crease but moves across to play on the leg side

35.3

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length and straight, 132 kph, Petersen moves across and defends

35.4

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, defended back to the bowler

35.5

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, good length outside off stump, Hilfenhaus shaping the ball away, Petersen moves forward and blocks

35.6

Hilfenhaus to Petersen, no run, Petersen moves forward and across and drives towards midwicket, where the fielder dives to cut it off

End of over 36 (maiden) South Africa 106/1
AN Petersen    56* (117b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-4-23-0
HM Amla    34* (75b 2x4 1x6)      NM Lyon    4-0-19-0

36.1

Lyon to Amla, no run, Amla goes right back and defends behind point, Lyon is bowling from round the wicket

36.2

Lyon to Amla, 2 runs, Amla cuts from close to off stump but manages to place it behind point

36.3

Lyon to Amla, no run, aims for the cover boundary but mis-times the drive to mid off

36.4

Lyon to Amla, 1 run, steps out of his crease and drives a full ball through midwicket

36.5

Lyon to Petersen, no run, Petersen moves forward and nudges on the leg side

36.6

Lyon to Petersen, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on for a single

End of over 37 (4 runs) South Africa 110/1
AN Petersen    57* (119b 6x4)      NM Lyon    5-0-23-0
HM Amla    37* (79b 2x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-4-23-0

Peter Siddle from over the wicket ...

37.1

Siddle to Petersen, no run, fuller length around off and middle, Petersen plays towards mid-on

37.2

Siddle to Petersen, 2 runs, Petersen stays in his crease, waits for the ball to angle into him, and closes the face to play it behind square

37.3

Siddle to Petersen, no run, good length outside off with good carry to Wade after the batsman lets it go

37.4

Siddle to Petersen, no run, played from the crease towards mid-on

37.5

Siddle to Petersen, FOUR, short ball outside off stump, Petersen waits on the back foot, leans towards the off side, swivels and pulls in front of midwicket for four more

37.6

Siddle to Petersen, no run, good length on off stump, Petersen covers his stumps and defends

End of over 38 (6 runs) South Africa 116/1
AN Petersen    63* (125b 7x4)      PM Siddle    8-0-34-0
HM Amla    37* (79b 2x4 1x6)      NM Lyon    5-0-23-0

38.1

Lyon to Amla, 1 run, driven through midwicket for a single

38.2

Lyon to Petersen, 1 run, Petersen moves forward and drives to mid-on for a single

38.3

Lyon to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves forward and nudges the ball off his pads in front of square

Joshua: "Ryan, Clarke was clearly trying to buy a wicket with his reviews. An umpire's decision of not out is based on reasonable doubt. Getting upset that 50/50 calls go in favour of the batsman is a bit odd..."

38.4

Lyon to Petersen, OUT, caught at mid-on, that's such a soft dismissal! Petersen came forward and tried to hit through midwicket, he ended up hitting it flat to Hussey, who took the catch at head height. He's not mis-hit many today, has Petersen. He didn't get to the pitch of this one

AN Petersen c Hussey b Lyon 64 (165m 127b 7x4 0x6) SR: 50.39

Kallis is the new batsman. Lyon from round the wicket.

38.5

Lyon to Kallis, no run, defended on the front foot

38.6

Lyon to Kallis, no run, played off the front foot towards midwicket

Brydon Coverdale said this on Twitter before that wicket: "Worth noting that every time Alviro Petersen has passed fifty in Tests this year he's gone on to make a century. Has three of them #ominous"

End of over 39 (3 runs) South Africa 119/2
JH Kallis    0* (2b)      NM Lyon    6-0-26-1
HM Amla    39* (81b 2x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    8-0-34-0

Siddle from round the wicket.

39.1

Siddle to Amla, no run, short of a length at 135 kph, aiming at Amla's ribs. Amla moves towards the off side to get inside the line and lets the ball go

39.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, banged in short from round the wicket at 138 kph, Amla ducks

39.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, short of a length, pitching in line with the stumps and angling across the right-hander, Amla lets it go

39.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, Amla stays back and defends towards cover

39.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, another short ball pitched outside leg stump and aimed at Amla's ribs from round the wicket, the batsman ducks

39.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, short of a length from over the wicket, Amla stays back and plays the ball down towards short leg

End of over 40 (maiden) South Africa 119/2
HM Amla    39* (87b 2x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    9-1-34-0
JH Kallis    0* (2b)      NM Lyon    6-0-26-1

Stuart: "Huge wicket that for Lyon - he's had a rubbish start to the Shield season by the looks of things and takes a wicket at a key stage."

40.1

Lyon to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis gets off the mark by driving a flighted delivery off the front foot wide of the man at mid-off

40.2

Lyon to Kallis, no run, Kallis comes forward once again and drives to mid off

40.3

Lyon to Kallis, no run, Kallis steps forward and drives firmly to a fielder at a deepish mid-on

40.4

Lyon to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis moves forward and towards the off to flick the ball off his pads through midwicket

SthAussie: "@Josh, don't think Ryan was upset just more frustrated, which I agree with, as much as we know the decision was the right one, seeing the replay still hurts, especially against this daunting line up!"

40.5

Lyon to Amla, 1 run, played in front of square for a single

40.6

Lyon to Kallis, no run, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

The players are taking a drinks break.

End of over 41 (6 runs) South Africa 125/2
JH Kallis    5* (7b 1x4)      NM Lyon    7-0-32-1
HM Amla    40* (88b 2x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    9-1-34-0

Zeke: "Stuart - Lyon hasn't taken a lot of wickets the start of the season, but it's a bit rough to say that he's had a rubbish start to the season. He bowled all of 4 overs in Hobart recently because is was such a green-top the quicks did all the damage, and Brisbane was much the same. He can only do so much as a spinner if he's bowling on really green pitches."

41.1

Siddle to Amla, no run, good length outside off at 135 kph, Amla stays on the back foot and defends on the off side

41.2

Siddle to Amla, 1 run, that ball got big on Amla outside off stump but he still cut it, towards third man

41.3

Siddle to Kallis, no run, short of a length outside off, the ball seams away from Kallis off the pitch, he lets it go

41.4

Siddle to Kallis, no run, good length outside off, the batsman lets it go

41.5

Siddle to Kallis, no run, 135 kph, that short ball was quite well directed and didn't rise extravagantly, so Kallis had to duck really low to let it pass

41.6

Siddle to Kallis, no run, short of a length outside off, the batsman lets it go

End of over 42 (1 run) South Africa 126/2
JH Kallis    5* (11b 1x4)      PM Siddle    10-1-35-0
HM Amla    41* (90b 2x4 1x6)      NM Lyon    7-0-32-1

Pattinson's back, from over the wicket. Two slips and two fielders in the gully region, as well as a point.

42.1

Pattinson to Amla, no run, and Amla cuts, and doesn't beat point, Warner dives to his right to cut off the shot. The ball was short and wide from Pattinson

42.2

Pattinson to Amla, no run, a fuller length just outside off, Amla is a bit late in moving forward to drive and gets beaten between bat and body

42.3

Pattinson to Amla, 1 run, straighter line on the body, Amla moves across and tucks the ball behind square

42.4

Pattinson to Kallis, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Kallis drives towards wide mid-on and gets a single

Warren: "Good period of play for Australia - ball finding the fielders, tight bowling. It s a good contest. In for a great summer."

42.5

Pattinson to Amla, no run, good length but the line is too wide, Amla lets it go

42.6

Pattinson to Amla, no run, fuller length but the line is still wide enough for Amla to let the ball pass

End of over 43 (2 runs) South Africa 128/2
HM Amla    42* (95b 2x4 1x6)      JL Pattinson    13-2-36-1
JH Kallis    6* (12b 1x4)      PM Siddle    10-1-35-0

Grant: "Lyon may not be the most talented spinner in world cricket but I admire his composure."

43.1

Siddle to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length and Kallis lifts his front foot off the ground as he pulls behind square

Smithy: "South Africa has to be the only batting line-up in the world where you look at it and think "Oh my god... how are we gonna take 10 wickets." Duminy at 7 is ridiculous."

43.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, short of a length at Amla, defended down on the pitch

43.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, a short ball at 135 kph, Amla ducks under it

43.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, outside off stump this time and Amla lets it go with ease

43.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, fuller length outside off stump, Amla plays no shot once again

43.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, how did that miss the edge and the stumps! Siddle pitches on a great length around off stump and gets the ball to hold its line. Amla is squared up on the back foot and beaten. The Australians throw their hands up ...

End of over 44 (1 run) South Africa 129/2
HM Amla    42* (100b 2x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    11-1-36-0
JH Kallis    7* (13b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    13-2-36-1

44.1

Pattinson to Kallis, no run, short of a length outside off, Kallis cuts but can't beat gully, Hussey dives to his right and stops the ball

44.2

Pattinson to Kallis, no run, defended on the back foot on the off side

Smudgeon: "Smithy, I was thinking the same. I wouldn't feel Australia have any control until Smith, Kallis, Amla, and De Villiers are back in the pavilion. Seriously intimidating."

44.3

Pattinson to Kallis, 1 run, pushed into the covers for a single

44.4

Pattinson to Amla, FOUR, that is a cracking shot, a wide half-volley and Amla whips his wrists and sends the ball racing across the turf with a cover drive

44.5

Pattinson to Amla, no run, good length around off and Amla plays off the back foot towards gully

44.6

Pattinson to Amla, no run, lots of width outside off and Hussey saves a boundary by diving to his right at gully. Amla cut that hard

End of over 45 (5 runs) South Africa 134/2
HM Amla    46* (103b 3x4 1x6)      JL Pattinson    14-2-41-1
JH Kallis    8* (16b 1x4)      PM Siddle    11-1-36-0

Hilfenhaus replaces Siddle, bowling from over the wicket.

45.1

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, good length outside off, the batsman lets it pass

45.2

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, fuller length outside of, Kallis stays back and lifts his bat out of the way

45.3

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, Kallis moves forward and across and defends a full ball towards mid-on

45.4

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, full outside off, Kallis plays no shot

45.5

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, Kallis stays back to a good length ball and defends

45.6

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, that's rather wide outside off, Kallis doesn't bother with it

End of over 46 (maiden) South Africa 134/2
JH Kallis    8* (22b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-5-23-0
HM Amla    46* (103b 3x4 1x6)      JL Pattinson    14-2-41-1

Michael Hussey is going to bowl, from over the wicket, wibbly-wobblies. The keeper is standing up and there's a silly mid-on.

46.1

Hussey to Amla, no run, full ball on off stump, driven to mid-off

46.2

Hussey to Amla, 1 run, driven from the crease in front of point for a single

46.3

Hussey to Kallis, no run, good length and straight, Kallis drives to the man at mid-on

46.4

Hussey to Kallis, no run, defended on the off side

Mark: "Am i the only aussie who thinks Siddle is at best a workhorse? Come on selectors get somone in who is going to look like getting wickets,not a medium pace battler who gets wickets when the batsmen are tired."

46.5

Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Kallis cuts to the fielder on the point boundary

46.6

Hussey to Amla, no run, 113000 mph (metres per hour), good length and straight, defended on the leg side

End of over 47 (2 runs) South Africa 136/2
HM Amla    47* (106b 3x4 1x6)      MEK Hussey    1-0-2-0
JH Kallis    9* (25b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-5-23-0

47.1

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Kallis goes under and over, getting under the ball and carving it over gully with a fierce cut

47.2

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, good length around off, Kallis moves forward and blocks

47.3

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, 1 run, shot, but it doesn't beat Nathan Lyon diving to his left at mid-off. Kallis had moved forward and driven the ball with power

47.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, good length just outside off, Amla stays back and blocks

47.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, FOUR, Amla gets to a half-century with a flowing cover drive, he's been rock solid today

A fielder drops back to the cover boundary.

47.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 2 runs, more width outside off stump, Amla reaches for the full ball and drives through extra cover, Warner is on the boundary and he runs to his right and dives to prevent the four

End of over 48 (11 runs) South Africa 147/2
HM Amla    53* (109b 4x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    15-5-34-0
JH Kallis    14* (28b 2x4)      MEK Hussey    1-0-2-0

48.1

Hussey to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis drives but gets a thick edge that flies wide of the diving Ponting at first slip and to the third man boundary

48.2

Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, full and wide outside off, Kallis reaches for it and drives through cover, but there's a fielder in the deep

Jason: "Clarke should bowl himself and Warner instead of Hussey. Warner particularly looked very threatening in the series against West Indies in April."

48.3

Hussey to Amla, 1 run, Amla stays steady in his crease and nudges the ball off his pads towards square

Amla has scored 5000 runs in Test cricket. Bat up.

48.4

Hussey to Kallis, no run, driven on the front foot towards mid off

48.5

Hussey to Kallis, 2 runs, Kallis leans forward and towards the off to clip the ball off his pads between mid-on and midwicket

48.6

Hussey to Kallis, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

Shamshir: "Here we go, 5000 Test runs at 50 plus average, Amla you beauty. SA batting is in safe hands even when Kallis retires." Kallis retiring? I haven't heard one word about that, he's going as strong as ever. Apart from the slight niggle he's carrying in this game.

End of over 49 (8 runs) South Africa 155/2
JH Kallis    21* (33b 3x4)      MEK Hussey    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    54* (110b 4x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    15-5-34-0

Lyon's back for another spell, from round the wicket. One slip and a short leg in place.

49.1

Lyon to Amla, FOUR, tossed up outside off with room for Amla, who moves forward, reaches for the ball and drives powerfully through cover. That was right out of the middle.

49.2

Lyon to Amla, no run, not as much flight this time and straighter line, defended from the crease to short leg

49.3

Lyon to Amla, 1 run, Amla steps out of his crease, takes the ball from outside of, and drives to mid-on

49.4

Lyon to Kallis, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

49.5

Lyon to Kallis, SIX, short ball and Kallis has sent it over the wide long-on boundary, he moved back and across and hoisted it for the innings' second six. There were men in the deep but Kallis took them on.

49.6

Lyon to Kallis, no run, the crowd think it's a catch but Kallis has hit it hard into the ground and back to the bowler

End of over 50 (11 runs) South Africa 166/2
JH Kallis    27* (36b 3x4 1x6)      NM Lyon    8-0-43-1
HM Amla    59* (113b 5x4 1x6)      MEK Hussey    2-0-10-0
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South Africa won by 309 runs
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Match drawn
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