Proteas struggle as they fall short on day one

BY MARC JACOBSON - NOVEMBER 3, 2016

Australia showed stern composure, as they took control of day one of the first test against South Africa at the Waca in Perth on Thursday.

The men from down under produced some exhilarating pace form as they chopped down the Proteas’ batting order, getting them all out for 242. The top scorers for South Africa were Quinton de Kock (84) and Temba Bavuma (51).

The Australian pacers who mostly contributed in knocking South Africa down to their knees were Mitchell Starc (4/71) and Josh Hazlewood (3/70).  

The Aussies then batted to an unbeaten 105 until the close-of-play on day one with David Warner scoring 73 and Shaun Marsh scoring 29 not out respectively. The two set-up the best partnership of the day, with the partnership between de Kock and Bavuma (71) coming in second-best and the best in the Proteas’ side as the side's sixth-wicket partnership.

Despite not taking any wickets on the day, the Proteas’ best bowler on economy rate was Kagiso Rabada with an economy rate of 4.83.

The Proteas looked as though they were set to struggle right from the start, as they lost their first four wickets in the first 12 overs of the day; taking the scores to 32-4 at that point. In a test match where the top-order batsmen are deemed to set a stern platform, South Africa had already lost its four front-runners in Stephen Cook (0), Hashim Amla (0), Dean Elgar (12) and JP Duminy (11) in that order; before they could get any momentum.

Faf Du Plessis and Bavuma then contributed a decent partnership outing, scoring a combined 49 with du Plessis individually scoring 37. Bavuma and de Kock then set out to the crease to set the aforementioned partnership total, before the rest of the line-up was dismissed.

Match summary on day one: South Africa 242, Australia 105/0 with Australia trailing by 137 runs with 10 wickets in hand. 

Image: Quinton de Kock walks off after being dismissed.