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Michael Clarke remains confident after Australia and South Africa share the honours

Michael Clarke: Sealed a record-breaking score against South Africa

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Australia skipper Michael Clarke believes his side can take confidence from their drawn opening Test against South Africa in Brisbane.

Despite losing the whole of day two through rain, Australia pushed hard for a result and had the tourists on the ropes at one stage.

"It was unfortunate we couldn't get the result but we can take a lot of confidence into the next match. "

Michael Clarke

However the Proteas were able to see off the threat in the final two sessions for honours to finish even - and Clarke told Sky Sports: "It was unfortunate we couldn't get the result but we can take a lot of confidence into the next match.

"I don't think we were at our best on day one but congratulations to Rob Quiney making his debut, Ed Cowan with his maiden hundred and Michael Hussey as well.

"We'll turn up in Adelaide with the exact same plan, we want to win the match."

Clarke stole the show at the Gabba with a record-breaking score of 259 not out - and he added: "It's always nice making runs, I guess it's even more special against the number one team in the world."

Opposite number Graeme Smith believes that his team can build on their performance when the action heads to Adelaide.

"Credit to Michael and the way his team batted, they put us under a little bit of pressure on the last day but we held on," he said.

"I think the challenge for us was always going to be the first Test, to get into the series, and we've done that and we can go on to Adelaide with confidence. We know as a team we're capable of playing better than this."