Starc dominated Proteas single handly, Australia won by 118 runs


Starc dominated Proteas single handly, Australia won by 118 runs

To be fair‚ there always was a sense of inevitability about Australia's 118-run win in the first Test that concluded in its now infamously distasteful manner. It was a complete team performance by the visitors as they never allowed their opponents to make a comeback.

The only time he hasn't removed him was in the first innings of this Test when Lyon broke the streak he holds over one of the games best batsmen.

While South Africa might be kicking themselves for the lower-order collapse in the first innings, they would also be mindful of the threat Starc poses on an abrasive track.

The tourists extended their second innings lead to a commanding 364 but were pegged back by some tight South African bowling in the middle session of the day. Markram batted for nearly the entire day, only falling late on to a catch up at the stumps by Paine off Mitchell Marsh.

Warner and de Kock are obviously under the pump to behave better, but Simon Katich is among those pondering whether umpires Sundaram Ravi and Kumar Dharmasena could have done more to extinguish the blow-up when it was starting to catch fire.

The series moves to Port Elizabeth for the second Test, which gets underway on Friday, March 9. "We're looking forward to the next game", Du Plessis said.

Players from both sides were involved, with a number of Australians, including skipper Steve Smith, attempting to drag Warner away. They contributed a 130-odd which was the difference in the end.

Starc not only finished the Test with match figures of 9-109, but also proved his credentials as the most lethal reverse swing exponent since the infamous Pakistan pair of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

It is the second time in tests that Elgar has dismissed Smith, having captured his wicket in Cape Town four years ago. Aiden Markram played exceptionally well, Quinton de Kock played well.

"They keep coming at you, which is good".

On a pitch that was sluggish, the trio of Australian fast bowlers took 15 of the 20 wickets, while Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel could only manage 10 between them. Four points means missing a Test match. Man of the Match, Mitchell Starc said, Nice to put a few in the right spot. Once the ball gets a little softer, Pat Cummins with his extra pace becomes the aggressive option.

"It was a massive effort from the bowling unit to show the character we did today", Morkel told SuperSport. Our group probably got stuck in two minds for the home summer. There was a bit of a joke among the boys that I would be taken off the attack while on a hat-trick. They opened the innings very good and at the first innings they scored 351 runs by losing all wickets. There were real opportunities for us to close it out. There wasn't enough partnerships for us.

"In the first innings we thought the short ball was a real weapon for us, and we still think that's the case". Kesh was brilliant in this match.

The same requirement - to show fight or leave his place in jeopardy - applies to Theunis de Bruyn, albeit to a lesser extent. And then Quinny there at the end.

South Africa have determined and inwardly-tough cricketers, no doubt, but a number of them appear generally quiet mild-mannered individuals and you wouldn't want any forced aggression that they wouldn't be comfortable with. Hopefully we can all chip in now.

"Showing some discipline when we get that ball reverse swinging is going to be really important too".



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