DAWESVILLE 11-year-old Riley McCormack was thrilled to lead the Australian cricket team onto the field for the first day of the first test this morning.
Riley was a flag bearer at the international cricket match and got to walk with the cricketers in front of the crowd.
His proud mother Jodee said he won the opportunity through an Aussie Cricket Crew competition.
Riley had to write in 25 words or less who his favourite Australian cricket player was and why.
Riley wrote about Nathan Lyon.
When play began, South Africa won the toss and sent themselves in to bat.
At the lunch break, the Proteas were 4 for 78 with Faf du Plessis on 37 and Temba Bavuma on 17.
Peter Siddle, Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc shared the wickets for the Aussies in the first session.