3 Mar 2009

Australian captain admits they were the underdogs going into first Test

10:27 am on 3 March 2009

The Australian captain Ricky Ponting rates their commanding win last night in the opening test against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg as one of his more memorable victories.

Australia made short work of South Africa's middle and lower order batsmen to chalk up a 162-run victory.

Set 454 to win, the home side were well placed at 178 for 2 starting the final day, but they were bowled out for 291 in the second over after tea.

Ponting says he was thrilled with the all round performance from a relatively inexperienced 11.

He says the three debutants all did well and the teams' rectified most of the mistakes made during the series loss in Australia.

Mitchell Johnson was named man of the match after a superb all-round performance, picking up four wickets in each innings and achieving his highest score with 96.

The second test starts in Durban on Friday.