1st Test: Shaun Marsh century turns around first day for Australia

Shaun Marsh, who replaced injured Shane Watson in the side, remained not out on 122 to lift Australia from from 24-2 to 297-4 against South Africa at stumps at SuperSport Park.

updated: February 12, 2014 23:04 IST
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Centurion: Shaun Marsh marked his return to Test cricket with a fighting century as Australia overcame a poor start on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Australia were 297 for four at the close. They were reeling at 98 for four after being sent in to bat but Marsh (122 not out) and Steve Smith (91 not out) added an unbeaten 199 for the fifth wicket with positive stroke play. (Scorecard)

It was a remarkable comeback for the left-handed Marsh, who a week ago was contemplating a spell of domestic Sheffield Shield cricket. Marsh, 30, was selected for the tour but had to withdraw because of a calf injury.

He made a quick recovery, however, and arrived in South Africa on Sunday after Shane Watson was ruled out of the first Test, also because of a calf injury. It was Marsh's first Test in two years. He made 141 and 81 in his first two Test innings in Sri Lanka in 2011 but was dropped after his next nine innings yielded only 79 runs.

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