PERTH, Australia: South Africa´s batsmen struggled in the first Test against Australia in Perth on Thursday and the visitors were at 175 for 7 at tea on the opening day.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors were immediately on the back foot on a bouncy WACA pitch and their hopes of a decent total rested with Quinton de Kock, who was unbeaten on 53.

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc returned to the Australia side after a leg injury and had 3-42 in the first match of a three-Test series.