Port-of-Spain - South Africa reached 45 without loss at tea in their first innings on the rain-hit first day of the opening Test against West Indies on Thursday at Queen's Park Oval.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and chose to bat first under overcast skies against West Indies in the opening Test at Queen's Park Oval on Thursday.
The start of the match was delayed by three hours due to early morning rain.
The visitors gave a debut to left-arm fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe while Ashwell Prince pipped fellow left-hander JP Duminy for the final batting spot.
The home team, hit by injuries to key players, also included two newcomers in its 11.
Offspinner Shane Shillingford and fast bowler Nelon Pascal made their debuts in a very raw bowling attack.
Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, in his 13th test, is the most experienced of the four-man attack with fast bowler Ravi Rampaul having played just three Tests.
Chris Gayle (captain), Travis Dowlin, Brendan Nash, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Shane Shillingford, Sulieman Benn, Ravi Rampaul, Nelon Pascal.
Graeme Smith (captain), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn, Paul Harris, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Umpires: Steve Davis, Australia, and Asad Rauf, Pakistan.
Third umpire: Simon Taufel, Australia.
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka.