Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Australia crushed by South Africa in first Test since ball-tampering scandal

Australia crushed by South Africa in first Test since ball-tampering scandal

Unbeaten batsmen Shaun Marsh (seven) and Peter Handscomb (23) successfully stonewalled their way to a draw in Ranchi past year, while forecast showers could also help Australia's hopes of denying South Africa victory. He also bagged three wickets in Australia's first innings. He needed a hundred.

Khawaja was stepping across and anticipating a straight ball, and instead got one that turned sharply and kept low.

Bancroft led the Australian's in scoring during the series while Smith and Warner have always been the backbone of Australian teams.

It was South Africa's first home series success over Australia in 48 years. And how many runs did he need to be absolutely sure Australia could not reach the target in that time? I had that ease in my heart that (Dale) Steyn would do it and then the way Grant (Elliott) took the game away ...

Four balls later Mitchell Marsh was caught behind without a run having been added to the overnight 88 for three.

This was the same injured finger that has recently had du Plessis out of the side.

"It's going to be a different style to what a lot of the guys have been used to. That's his character when he's batting", Dean Elgar, who was at the other end said.

The Australian batsmen could not handle Philander, to the point where Pat Cummins opted to rather not play him. You can never stop learning, the game finds a way to humble you. There can't have been too many supporters outside of Australia, who didn't want to see the towering quick go out with a bang.

Du Plessis was on 43 off 91 balls when he was hit.

Warne was asked during the fourth Test of his interest in the soon to be open coaching position and the legendary leg-spinner left the door ajar.

Vernon Philander was the star of the day.

"I'm not here to tell them how to play their cricket". When you are slightly off against world-class opposition, you are going to be found wanting. It's amusing how things work out. "He's the happiest out of anyone in our changeroom".

As an example he described his series-long battle with Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon as "great". "The way he came out and landed the ball was sensational".

He finished with 81 runs from 250 balls, with 215 dot balls and only 35 scoring shots.

And that after Warner had spent an hour and more spewing abuse on the field. "If the hunger is still there then I will try and push it as long as I can". "From the Durban Test match, South Africa outplayed us purely on skill", he said. "It comes down to trying to nail the basics of batting and just trying to be hungry out there and a lot of discipline with regards to defence". Lyon has dismissed Elgar four times but has bowled many overs to him. He took total seven wickets considering two innings.

"I would just like to say thank you so much". Not one day did I not enjoy coming to nets and warm-ups.

That side of Morkel, the jovial team man, is one that is highly cherished by the few who have shared the field with him.

"I'm really going to miss the banter in the change room" - Morne Morkel. "I still have a love of the game".

It is hard to believe Australia won the first Test of this series. "The catch is the highlight of the series for me". They both bowled short spells with the new ball. "It was obviously disappointing - and I also didn't get the chance to give the crowd a chance to cheer for another "Haydos" boundary!"

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