Australia's David Warner celebrates scoring a century
during their second cricket test match against South Africa
at the Adelaide cricket ground. Photo by Reuters
Michael Clarke and David Warner punished a depleted South
African attack with a pair of rapid-fire centuries as Australia
charged to 280-4 at tea on the opening day of the second test
Resuming on 102-3, captain Clarke and Warner plundered 108
runs in less than an hour before the latter was caught behind
for 119 off the bowling of Morne Morkel in brilliant sunshine
at Adelaide Oval.
Opener Warner's dismissal ended a breathless 155-run stand
with Clarke that wrested control back to Australia after the
pair had come together with the hosts reeling at 55-3 in the
In white-hot form following an unbeaten 259 in the drawn
first test in Brisbane, Clarke went on to score his 21st test
century and was on 104 at the interval, with Mike Hussey on
Having steadied the Australian innings to lunch, Warner and
Clarke stepped up the pressure as South Africa Graeme Smith
rested paceman Dale Steyn and threw spinner Imran Tahir to
With Jacques Kallis off the ground with a suspected hamstring
injury and Vernon Philander a late withdrawal with a back
strain, Tahir went for 68 runs off his eight overs, carted to
all corners of the ground.
Resuming after lunch on 67, Warner needed only 14 balls to
bring up his third test century, dispensing with the nervous
90s with just two deliveries.
The first saw Tahir lofted over his head for Warner's fourth
six and the next despatched the spinner for four with a
sublime cover drive to bring up his 100th run.
Having had his place in the test side questioned after an
indifferent run of form, an ecstatic Warner bounded down the
wicket and punched the air in delight as fans squeezed into
the half of the ground not under renovation roared.
Warner had earlier welcomed all-rounder Faf du Plessis to
test cricket by belting a first-ball full toss from the
debutant for six into the scaffolding on the eastern side of
the ground, one ball after another six in the same area off
Clarke brought up his ton with a cut to the backward point
boundary off Tahir, having survived an appeal for caught
behind when on 73 off the bowling of paceman Rory Kleinveldt
that umpire Billy Bowden gave not out.
South Africa referred the decision but it was turned down
after a video review, the second declined for the innings,
leaving the visitors with no more referrals.
The visitors had struggled from the outset after losing the
toss and being asked to bowl, with pacemen Steyn and Morkel
struggling for penetration.
But all rounder Kallis made an immediate impact when he came
on by dismissing Ed Cowan for 10 with his third ball in the
morning session, a searing yorker that struck the opener's
toe before deflecting off the bat and looping back to the
bowler for a simple catch.
In his second over, Kallis underlined his importance to his
team by bowling Ricky Ponting for four when the former
Australia captain's footwork fell apart to leave him slumped
on the deck after the ball had clattered into his off-stump.
In the over between Kallis's strikes, a re-energised Morkel
had Rob Quiney caught behind for a duck by Smith at first
Kleinveldt, who went wicketless on debut in Brisbane,
replaced Philander in the attack. Du Plessis makes his debut
in the side in place of JP Duminy, while spinner Tahir was
recalled after being benched at the Gabba.