Aussies seal emphatic victory

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- Agence France-Presse, Durban

Mar 6, 2018-

Australia wrapped up a 118-run win on the fifth day of the first Test against South Africa on Monday but the result was overshadowed by an ugly bust-up between David Warner and Quinton de Kock.

It took Australia 18 minutes and 22 balls to claim the last South African wicket when De Kock swung across the line and was leg before wicket to Josh Hazlewood for 83. South Africa were bowled out for 298, adding five runs to their overnight total of 293-9. The win gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

The Australians had earlier been criticised for their ebullient celebration of the dramatic run-out of Proteas’ star batsman AB de Villiers. De Villiers was run out for nought after being involved in a mix-up with opening batsman Aiden Markram, with Warner playing a key fielding role in securing the crucial wicket. The vice-captain then led ecstatic celebrations with his teammates as Nathan Lyon, who had knocked off the bails, dropped the ball towards a sprawled De Villiers as he ran over to join them.

The Australians’ behaviour was slammed by former South African captain Graeme Smith, who told Cricket Australia’s website in Durban that Lyon as an experienced cricketer would “probably say (his action) was unnecessary himself”. “We’ve got used to Davey (Warner) over the years. I think the less interest you take in him the better,” Smith added. “He can be a bit of a fool at times. It’s best just to let him be.”

The match was effectively won and lost in the first innings when Australia took a lead of 189 runs. Half-centuries by Warner and skipper Steve Smith and 96 by Mitchell Marsh enabled Australia to make 351. Early wickets by off-spinner Lyon and a devastating spell of fast reverse swing bowling by Mitchell Starc sent Proteas tumbling to 162 in reply.

South Africa fought back in the second half of the match, bowling with more purpose to bowl out the tourists for 227, then recovering from a nightmare start to their second innings, largely through Markram, who made 143, and De Kock. The batting of the lower order of the teams was a significant difference.

Australia’s last five wickets fell for 166 runs overs the two innings, while South Africa could muster only 27 runs over the same period. Starc had match figures of 9-109 and was particularly effective against tailenders.


Australia 351 & 227 beat South Africa 161 & 298 (A Markram 143, De Kock 83; M Starc 4-75, J Hazlewood 3-61) by 118 runs 

Man-of-the-match: M Starc (AUS)

Published: 06-03-2018 09:17

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