Proteas approached that first test match against Australia at the WACA ground in Perth with a wagging tail, they believed they had no reason to tuck their tails between their legs as they face the Australians.
They leaned on their past successes in Perth. The venue is comfortable, they expressed. In fact, Proteas’ Dale Steyn bragged thus:
“Eight years ago we won here, a couple of years ago we won here again. It’s nice to come here with that feeling that you have done well here before, regardless of the pitch, whether it will be flying through or hitting the ankles, it doesn’t really matter…”
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Eventually, the opening day of the first Test battle arrived and the Austrians completely dominated the Proteas. They walked away with a first innings deficit of 137 and all their wickets in hand.
Australia bowled South Africa out for 242 and then, cruised to 105 without loss. There was absolutely no Proteas moment except for Steyn’s bowling. He achieved 150km/h for the first time since his injury.
Below is a breakdown of the match details.
- South Africa innings
- South Africa: 50 runs in 17.3 overs
- Lunch: South Africa – 78/4 in 26 overs
- South Africa: 100 runs in 32.6 overs
- 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 72 balls (Temba Bavuma 20, Quinton de Kock 31)
- South Africa: 150 runs in 43.2 overs
- Temba Bavuma: 50 off 84 balls (7 x fours)
- Quinton de Kock: 50 off 67 balls (7 x fours)
- Tea: South Africa – 175/7 in 52.3 overs
- South Africa: 200 runs in 56.1 overs
- Innings Break: South Africa – 242/10 in 63.4 overs
- Australia innings
- Australia: 50 runs in 10.3 overs
- 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 65 balls (David Warner 38, Shaun Marsh 10)
- David Warner: 50 off 39 balls (10 x fours, 1 x six)
- Australia: 100 runs in 20.4 overs
- 1st Wicket: 100 runs in 127 balls (David Warner 69, Shaun Marsh 29)
- End Of Day: Australia – 105/0 in 21.0 overs (David Warner 73, Shaun Marsh 29)
Speaking after the match, Proteas’ batsman Temba Bavuma acknowledged the Proteas are disappointed with their performance. He nonetheless, asserted that they are still in the match and would work hard to bounce back.
“It’s only one day of cricket where we played badly. It’s quite obvious Australia have the upper hand but the game is far from over. What’s happened has happened, our performance in the first session tomorrow will give us a chance to get back into the game,” he said.
On the other end, Australia’s Starc remarked that they are happy with their performance.
“It’s only early days, but we couldn’t have asked for much more on day one of the summer. To bowl South Africa out, with their pretty experienced line-up, and then be none for 100 at the end of the day, we are pretty happy with that,” he stated.