Updated: Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:03 | By Agence France-Presse

Marsh leads Australian fightback in South Africa Test

Shaun Marsh led an Australian fightback on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

Marsh leads Australian fightback in South Africa Test

Australian batsman Shaun Marsh blocks a shot from South Africa's Morne Morkel on the first day of the test match between South Africa and Australia at SuperSport Park in Centurion on February 12, 2014 - by Alexander Joe

Australia were 176 for four at tea. They were reeling at 98 for four after being sent in to bat but Marsh (67 not out) and Steve Smith (29 not out) added an unbeaten 78 for the fifth wicket with positive stroke play.

David Warner hit two boundaries off Dale Steyn in the first over of the match but made only 12 before he was bowled by Steyn, edging an attempted cut into his stumps.

Chris Rogers made four before he was caught at short leg off Morne Morkel.

The tall fast bowler’s first delivery of the match, after he replaced Steyn, was a bouncer which struck Rogers on the shoulder. The next ball was another lifter which Rogers fended to the leg side, with JP Duminy diving to his right to take a good catch.

New cap Alex Doolan and Marsh added 48 for the third wicket before Doolan was caught at midwicket off Ryan McLaren for 27.

Captain Michael Clarke became Steyn’s second victim when he top-edged a hook to fine leg after scoring 23.

Marsh, who survived a sharp chance to Hashim Amla at gully off Morkel when he had 12, went through a quiet period when he scored only nine runs in 18 overs on either side of lunch but reached his half-century off 101 balls with seven fours.

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