Cape Town - Vernon Philander made a dream debut
for South Africa, taking his first Test wicket in the opening session of
the first Test against Australia at Newlands on Wednesday.
After losing two early wickets, Australia rallied to go to lunch on 39/2.
well-deserved wicket came after he got the ball to move away from
opener Phillip Hughes (9), catching the edge of his bat.
The wicket earned wicketkeeper Mark Boucher the accolade of being the first Test cricketer to take 500 catches.
in his 140th Test, Boucher has taken 498 catches behind the stumps for
South Africa while two were taken when he represented the ICC World XI
against Australia in October 2009.
Graeme Smith's decision to put
the opposition into bat first paid off early as Dale Steyn made the
breakthrough, dismissing Shane Watson (3), caught by Jacques Kallis at
Play started almost two hours late, due to a rain
delay before the toss and, at the end of a shortened session, Australia
went into lunch with Shaun Marsh on 17 and Ricky Ponting on 8.
South Africa – Graeme Smith (captain), Jacques Rudolph, Hashim
Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk),
Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
Australia – Shane Watson, Philip Hughes, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (captain), Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon