Australia vs South Africa Second Test Day One at Port Elizabeth


Marsh brothers rolled by Rabada1:10

Cricket: Kagiso Rabada has knocked over the Marsh brothers in the same over, first trapping Shaun LBW, before forcing a wayward shot from Mitch soon after to dismiss him caught behind.

Australia’s captain Steven Smith leaves the field after being dismissed on LBW by South Africa’s bowler Kagiso Rabada, for 25 runs on the first day of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Australia at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Friday, March 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sheehan)

SOUTH Africa completed a strong day of Test cricket on day one after orchestrating an Australian batting collapse to see the Aussies all out for 243 in the third session.

Kagiso Rabada highlighted the day’s play with strong figures of 5-96, his eighth five wicket haul in his young career.

Australia was only able to take one wicket under the waning light as the Proteas fought through the new ball onslaught to sit 204 runs behind the tourists at stumps.

South Africa 1/39 after 12 overs (Elgar 11, Rabada 17)

Australia 243


Cummins draws blood before stumps

Aussie seamer Pat Cummins took the first wicket of the South African innings with an excellent cherry smacking Aiden on the pads LBW.

The young opener was looking uncomfortable late in the day while needlessly prodding at the Aussie attack before he fell for 11.

Kagiso Rabada came in as night-watchman and hit a quick 17 before play wrapped up 12 overs into the Proteas’ innings.


Rabada snags five, Ngidi wraps it up

Kagiso Rabada has taken his eighth five-wicket haul in his short career in the third session on day one, sending Mitchell Starc back to the dressing room with a peach of a delivery squeezing through and bowling him clean for eight.

Lungi Ngidi went on to wrap up the innings, taking his third wicket to dismiss Tim Paine for 36 as the final hour loomed.


DRS blunder leaves Smith reeling, Rabada on fire

Steve Smith was trapped LBW by Kagiso Rabada midway through the afternoon session on day one as the South African seamer found some handy variation off the green-top deck.

The ball skidded low into Smith’s pads for a regulation leg-before shout which had the umpire’s finger raised in an instant — but the Aussie skipper wasn’t convinced.

Smith went for the DRS and was quickly sent on his way as Hawkeye showed the ball to be crashing into the pegs.

Rabada was fired up after the dismissal, giving Smith a send-off despite being under the eye of the ICC. The young seamer snagged the wickets of both Marsh batsmen in his next over, leaving Australia six down at tea.

Rabada continued his domination on the first ball after tea, catching the edge of Pat Cummins and dismissing the Aussie batsman for a golden duck and placing himself on a hat-trick.


Khawaja gone after lunch

Vernon Philander snagged his second wicket of the day with a carbon copy delivery to the one which sent Cameron Bancroft to the sheds before lunch. The South African star returned after lunch and forced Usman Khawaja into a prod which caught the edge and flew into Quinton de Kock’s hand behind the stump.

Khawaja fell for four and brought Steve Smith to the crease as Philander walked away from his first 10 overs with figures of 2-7.

David Warner was the next to fall with Ngidi squeezing a delivery through the Aussie’s defence to pop the top of middle stump and send Warner on his way for 63.


Bancroft throws it away on lunch
Cameron Bancroft fell away in his shot selection late in the first session, flailing at wide deliveries as the clocked ticked towards the first luncheon break of the second Test.

The Aussie opener eventually fell victim to Vernon Philander in the 27th over, copping a thick outside edge and handing a tricky catch to Quinton de Kock.

He fell for 38 as Usman Khawaja prepares to face up to the Proteas attack after the break.


‘Schoolboys’ open the first session

Cricket fans around the world sat licking their lips in anticipation as a recently-fined David Warner shaped up to the first ball of the second Test after an explosive sledging controversy with Quinton de Kock — but what they got was much different than expected.

An “unusally quiet” opening hour met Port Elizabeth as Warner and opening partner Cameron Bancroft toiled under the new ball attack, prodding the cherry around at 2.3 runs an over without a single bite at the South African bowlers.

Attention was instead directed at the local band playing hits in the crowd as the first session crawled its way to drinks.

Australia put the foot down soon after, belting 41 runs from the four overs after drinks to get the ball rolling.

Warner brought up his half century soon after, belting Kagiso Rabada through square leg with a crunching pull shot.


Match referee calls for calm

David Warner and wife Candice arriving in Port Elizabeth .

David Warner and wife Candice arriving in Port Elizabeth .Source:Supplied

Match referee Jeff Crowe called the captains and managers of the South Africa and Australia cricket teams to a meeting on Thursday on the eve of the second test in Port Elizabeth in an attempt to restore calm to an ill-tempered test series that is just one match in.

This contest has become even more bitter than usual after an on-field war-of-words spilt over in the first test. Australia vice-captain David Warner and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock became involved in an ugly off-field confrontation on a staircase outside the team dressing rooms during a break in play.

The incident, which followed other verbal exchanges between players during the series opener in Durban, earned Warner and de Kock fines and disciplinary sanctions from the International Cricket Council, and threatens to overshadow the cricket.

Crowe asked for the meeting of captains and managers just three days on from the acrimonious game in Durban, where Australia won by 118 runs.

The teams — especially South Africa, which trails 1-0 in the series — must refocus for the test at St. George’s Park. An Australia victory would ensure the tourists cannot lose the four-match series and would mean another failure for South Africa, which hasn’t beaten Australia in a series at home since 1970.

“The team morale is very good,” South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said. “We back each other up. We are trying to focus on ourselves. … All the off-field stuff must remain off the field. We want to get back to the cricket.”

— AP


Microphones to keep players under the microscope

David Warner and Quinton de Kock. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

David Warner and Quinton de Kock. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARISource:AFP

Stump microphones are expected to stay up in Port Elizabeth, revealing whether Australia and South Africa pepper each other with banal banter or bitter barbs.

Plenty of chatter was picked up from both sides in the first Test as host broadcaster SuperSport ignored Australia’s wishes for the microphones to be turned down between balls.

The levels were adjusted slightly mid-match after Australian players deliberately spruiked rival sponsors, but they were never muted altogether.

Du Plessis had a not-so-subtle dig at the tourists’ request during his post- match press conference. “I didn’t know we had an option of on or off. I just thought it was there always,” du Plessis said. “If you say stuff and you obviously get caught then you get caught.”

Smith denied his team were “desperately trying to get them turned off. “It’s certainly written by the ICC that when the ball is dead, the stumps mics aren’t supposed to be on,” Smith said.

“It’s up to the host broadcaster to make sure that is the case. “Unfortunately a few people have been caught saying a few things when the stump mic shouldn’t be on. I think that’s something the ICC needs to look at, to make sure they’re off when the ball is dead.”

Smith suggested his pre-match meeting with du Plessis was productive. “If they (umpires) hear something going on, it’s about going to either myself or Faf to ensure that we have our troops in line and playing within the guidelines. That was the conversation,” he said.

“There’s nothing wrong with a bit of banter out in the field. It’s just making sure we’re not getting personal or crossing any lines.”

Du Plessis expressed similar sentiments. “I don’t have a problem with chirping, I think chirping is good for the game,” he said.


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