November 13, 2012
First Test, Brisbane
Day 5: Australia 565-5 drew with South Africa 450 & 166-5
South Africa negotiated the final two sessions of the first Test match at The Gabba to earn a draw against Australia.
Australia had pushed their first innings lead to 115 just before lunch when Michael Clarke declared giving his team an outside chance of victory. Clarke himself made 259 not out in what was another outstanding innings by the Australian skipper.
Michael Hussey also registered his 17th Test match century with exactly 100 before he was dismissed by Morne Morkel.
Australia then removed Graeme Smith (23) and Alviro Petersen (5) and with JP Duminy unable to bat the home side fancied their chances of victory. However, the in-form Hashim Amla (38) and Jacques Kallis (49) dug in for the visitors as they earned their side a hard fought draw.
Michael Clarke was named man of the match for his double century setting up a chance of victory. Clarke has now scored 1.041 in his last 7 Test matches including two double centuries and a triple century against India.
The teams now travel to Adelaide for the second Test match which starts on the 22nd November.
The Scoop 13/11/12