Proteas bowling trio rip through for 2-0 Series win in Australia

BY MARC JACOBSON - NOVEMBER 16, 2016

The Proteas have powered their way to an innings and 80-runs victory over Australia in Hobart on Tuesday (day four).

The victory secures the Test series 2-0 for South Africa and now renders as their third consecutive Test Series win against Australia on Australian soil.

The pace trio of Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada were each phenomenal in their respective bowling spells in the second test, as they clawed hastily away at the Aussie batting attack for the Proteas’ single total to be enough to win by an innings. The trio took a total of 19 wickets (out of a possible 20) between them over the two innings’ and had each evenly pulled their weight with the ball.

Australia were bowled out for 85 and 161 in their first and second innings’ respectively, and in the absence of Dale Steyn who broke his shoulder in the first Test, his successor, Kyle Abbot produced some exhilarating swing to earn himself the man-of-the-match in the second test.

Abbott earned bowling figures of 3/41 and 6/77 in the first and second innings respectively, and this prowess really deems for much depth in SA cricket at the moment and the spoils of options that the selectors have for bowlers in the country.

In the first innings, Philander earned a five-wicket haul with 5/21 bowling figures, while Rabada contributed his hand and ripped through the Australian attack in the second innings with bowling figures of 4/34. Rabada took a solitude wicket in the first innings for just 20 runs.

Over both innings’, Abbott displayed the best bowling figures of 9/118, followed by Philander (5/52) and Rabada (5/52). South Africa’s first and only total of 326 all out, with Quinton de Kock making 104 and Temba Bavuma making 74 respectively, deemed to be enough to get the job done.

With this in mind Australian skipper, Steve Smith described our bowling attack in the post-match press conference to be “world class”.

“We’re just getting put under a lot of pressure by the South Africans. They’re bowling some terrific spells. They’re not giving us anything to score and they’re challenging our defences. Our defences aren’t standing up to it and the pressures that they’re building so we’ve got to be a lot better,” said Smith.

Smith went on to say that South Africa’s bowling attack was sublimely accurate and consistent throughout the respective spells.

“We bowled well in good areas but we would let them off one ball an over. That’s what the South Africans didn’t do and it’s tough to play against,” he added. 

South Africa are set to play their third and final Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, on November 24th, where they have sights on whitewashing their opponents 3-0.

Image: Kyle Abott celebrating a wicket.