sport news Steve Smith and David Warner hit fifties against South Africa

Captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner both scored fifties on Thursday as Australia reached 225 for five before poor light brought play to an early close on the opening day of the first test against South Africa.

Smith, who was prolific with the bat in leading Australia to success in the Ashes, scored 56 while Warner contributed a characteristically quickfire 51.

Shaun Marsh added 40 and his younger brother Mitchell was 32 not out, along with Tim Paine on 21, when the umpires took the players off in gloomy conditions with 14 overs still remaining.

Steve Smith reached a fifth successive Test half-century on the opening day in Durban

Steve Smith reached a fifth successive Test half-century on the opening day in Durban

David Warner added a quickfire 51 as Australia reached 225 for five at stumps on day one

David Warner added a quickfire 51 as Australia reached 225 for five at stumps on day one

South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj took two wickets, including that of top-ranked test batsman Smith, while Vernon Philander also bagged a pair.

Smith did not hesitate to bat when he won the toss, but early hopes of forging a formidable total on a slow deck

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