At the end of Day 1 the Aussies reached 254 for 5, the bookies now have the draw odds on favourite. The South Africans got off to the better start picking up the wicket of Phil Hughes in the first over and had them three down by lunch, it could have been far worse for Australia had Graeme Smith held onto a simple chance from Ponting when he was on 40 towards the end of the morning session.
After lunch the Aussies fought back with half centuries from Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke before Marcus North and Brad Haddin steadied the ship before an early finish. With overs lost today and bad weather in the area the draw has been cut into a best priced 5/8 with Sportingbet.
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