Scorecard Day 1; JP Duminy ruled out for six months
When bad light ended play with eight overs still left in the day, South Africa were 255/2 in 82 overs. Amla was unbeaten on 90 and Kallis 84 batting.
Today, Amla crossed 5,000 Test runs. He is the seventh South African to reach the milestone. Amla touched 5,000 when on 54. This was his 63rd Test and 109th innings.
It was a day the visitors enjoyed the most after choosing to bat first. Three of their four batsmen on view today, went onto to register half centuries.
First, opener Alviro Petersen scored a half ton then it was the turn of Amla and Kallis to take the Proteas to a strong position.
Skipper Graeme Smith missed out, being LBW to James Pattinson for 10 runs.
Amla and Kallis have so far associated for 136 runs for the third wicket.
The right-hander Amla, who bats at number three, continued his fine run of form to be on 90 with six fours and a six. He faced 207 balls.
Kallis hit eight boundaries and a six in his 135-ball 84.
Earlier, Australia handed batsman Rob Quiney his debut while South Africa too picked a newcomer, giving his first Test opportunity to medium-fast bowler Rory Kleinveldt.