Psychologically, Clarke's third-ranked team take the edge into next week's second Adelaide Test in the pivotal match of the three-match series which could lift the Australians back to the top ranking with a series victory.
"There are a lot of positives to come of this Test," Clarke said. "Unfortunately, we didn't get a win, but we can certainly use the momentum that we take from this game to Adelaide.”
Amla praises bowlersSouth Africa's celebrated pace attack took a hammering in the first Test against Australia and has much to prove in next week's second but batsman Hashim Amla still believes it is the best in the world.
The tourists fielded a four-pronged pace attack in Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and debutant Rory Kleinveldt but they conceded centuries to Ed Cowan and Mike Hussey and Clarke.