This puts added pressure on Hodge and Hussey, throwing those two in the deep end because they need to bat in defiance of their Test experience. They're doing OK but we should not expect them to be match winners. Similarly, Warne and Lee contributed well with the bat again. Australia's good batting in the tail has been a blessing for them in recent years, adding an extra 100 or so runs and applying the pressure on opponents. They did an OK job yesterday but would be feeling the heat as Australia copes with a transitional middle order. Ponting is outstanding with the bat. He just keeps on going. A great captain's knock.
It is too early to make a call regarding this Test. You cannot discount a champion team. One thing is for sure, Australia will have learned a lot of lessons from yesterday's play.
Hussey has been in superb form, playing at home for the first time would have put some pressure on, but his form of late would mean that he has established himself, has over a century average in both forms of the game...he is doing more then ok.
South Africa did what England did, tight, consistent great bowling with Makaye Ntini getting 5 wickets...the last session was as good as bowling as you would see...and the Aussies could have been out earlier with all the dropped catches, but they just got on with it South Africa and didn't let it get to them.
A strong South Westerly Wind helped the bowlers yesterday, won't be as strong for the next few days.
Gilchrist is tired - Wasn't allowed to rest the New Zealand Series and you can tell his mind wasn't in the series when he was over there.
The whole damn squad is tired, tell me what idiot thought Australia would be advantaged from playing in Christchurch on Sunday to Perth on Friday, defies logic...when South Africa have been here for weeks and are not travel weary at all and have played 7 days of cricket on Perth wickets...