There was plenty of action at Newlands in Cape Town despite the rain breaks with South Africa putting Australia on the backfoot at 214 for 8 on Day 1 of the First Test. South Africa who won the toss and elected to field first had Australia in early trouble at 40 for 3 before Skipper Michael Clarke led the rescue act from the front with an unbeaten 16th Test hundred.
By the close of play, Clarke with his 107* from 114 balls (with 7 fours) ensured some respectability to the Australian total. Supporting him in the cause was Shaun Marsh who scored 44 (from 101 balls with 8 fours) in a 103-run stand for the fourth wicket. For the Proteas, the new bowlers Dale Steyn with 4 for 31 and debutant Vernon Philander with 3 for 54 did most of the damage. Apart from Vernon Philander, there was another debutant for SA in leggie Imran Tahir.