Johannesburg: Maybe bowlers are just not morning people. Both South Africa and Australia's attacks waited till the later stages of the first two days to spring to life and bowl the opposition out. The explanation cannot lie in the weather conditions, the state of the ball or the physical condition of the bowlers. Instead, it appears that, just like batsmen, the longer the bowlers persist with their task the better they get at executing it.
South Africa's initial approach with the ball was all-out attack. The former new-ball partners Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were used in separate spurts rather than together, while Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis were asked to perform the dual role of restricting runs and keeping the batsmen guessing.
The bowlers drew edges but the edges did not find the fielders. Phil Hughes and Shane Watson scored five boundaries with edges to third man in the morning session. They also drove 12 times, cut five times, pulled once and scored two classy boundaries with flicks to the leg side.