South African batsman Jacques Kallis said that his side will have to work hard to save the first Test against Australia in Perth, but that the team would draw on past experiences to help.
The Proteas closed on 243 for eight in reply to Australia's 375 but earlier in the year they saved matches agaisnt India at Chennai when Virender Sehwag hit a triple-century and England at Lord's when they were asked to follow on.
“When you play the No. 1 side in the world, you have got to be on top of your game all the time. We have got some hard work ahead of us. We have been in positions like this before, so the guys have got to put up their hands and get as close to the Aussie score as we can,” Kallis said.
“Then we have to make sure our bowlers get the ball in the right areas as they did with the new ball to the Australian openers in the first innings. This game is a long way from over. I am sure we will come out in a very positive frame of mind in the morning."
Australian left-armer ripped through South Africa's batting to finish the day with seven for 42 and Kallis paid tribute to the way he had performed after South Africa were looking comfortable at 234 for three.
“Mitchell Johnson produced a top-class spell and he must be given credit for that but we don't see the game as down and out. We will have to fight hard. It is not going to be easy but then beating Australia in Australia has never been easy.”
Kallis and AB de Villiers both made 63, making it five batsmen in the match so far to have passed fifty without going on to register a hundred.
“It is a good batting wicket,” said Kallis, “but there is something in it for the bowlers if they get the ball in the right areas," he added.
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