Port Elizabeth (South Africa): Australia showed patience on a sluggish pitch to take late wickets and re-establish control over South Africa on the first day of the second test on Thursday.
Spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith removed Dean Elgar for 83 and Quinton de Kock cheaply on debut in the final session to leave the hosts 214-5 after the Aussie quicks had made early inroads on a typically slow surface at St. George's Park.
The strikes in the late afternoon ensured Australia was ahead at the end of the day after initially reducing South Africa to 11-2 and then having to absorb some pressure itself when Elgar shared a century stand with Faf du Plessis (55) and half-century partnership with AB de Villiers, who was 51 not out.
Scoreboard Thursday after bad light stopped play on the first day of the second cricket test between South Africa and Australia at St. George's Park:
South Africa 1st Innings
Graeme Smith lbw b Harris 9
Dean Elgar c Harris b Lyon 83
Hashim Amla lbw b Johnson 0
Faf du Plessis c Steve Smith b Lyon 55
AB de Villiers not out 51
Quinton de Kock c sub (Henriques) b Steve Smith 7
JP Duminy not out 2
Extras: (4b,2lb,1w) 7
TOTAL: (for 5 wickets) 214
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-11, 3-123, 4-181, 5-200.
Still to bat: Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.
Bowling: Ryan Harris 18-5-36-1, Mitchell Johnson 15-2-44-1 (1w), Peter Siddle 22-7-61-0, Nathan Lyon 23-6-47-2, David Warner 1-0-2-0, Steve Smith 4-0-18-1.
Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), Chris Rogers, David Warner, Alex Doolan, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon.
Toss: South Africa.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka, and Richard Illingworth, England.
TV umpire: Aleem Dar, Pakistan. Match referee: Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka.