The West Indies cricket team has scored 281-4 by the close of play on the first day of its first test match against South Africa at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth.

Marlon Samuels led the visitors with 94 runs while captain Chris Gayle scored 66 runs on the easy-paced pitch. Gayle, the opening batsman, had 13 fours and scored his runs off 49 balls in his first innings since injuring a right leg muscle against Zimbabwe nearly a month ago.

Samuels scored his runs in 267 minutes, facing 195 balls with 12 fours. Bad light forced play to close six overs early.

The two sides will play three tests and five one-day internationals during the Caribbean squad's tour. The second test starts in Cape Town January second. The third test begins January 10th in Durban.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.