Australia are well in control at the WACA


Day one of the first Test between Australia and South Africa belonged firmly with the hosts, as they removed the Proteas cheaply and then reached 105 for none.

South Africa’s score of 242 all out would have been much worse if not for Quinton de Kock, who came in down the order and made 84, after the Proteas were 32 for four.

Temba Bavuma also continuted to avoid total embarrassment, as he made 51 coming in at six. The top order all failed, with JP Duminy going in ahead of Faf du Plessis for some reason.

Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood enjoyed their reunion and struck early. Stephen Cook was out for a duck in the first over, and Hashim Amla got none as well.

Bavuma and De Kock put on 71 together over 15 overs, while Du Plessis had made 37 before that alongside Bavuma as well, who looked assured in his role.

Keshav Maharaj made his debut for the Proteas and made a flashy entrance by hitting a six back over Starc’s head, but the spinning all-rounder could not last, and was out for 16 to Nathan Lyon.

De Kock lasted till nearly the end, and his wicket went to Hazlewood, caught by Shaun Marsh. Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada added a few more runs before Steyn departed for four.

This left the Aussies little under a session to bat, and David Warner and Shaun Marsh enjoyed themselves immensely, with Warner racing to his half ton at ODI pace.

Their century stand came off 127 balls, and Warner was already on 69 at that stage. He ended the day on 73, while Marsh was on 29. They trail by 137 runs.