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South Africa v Australia
St George's Park, March 9-13, 2018
2nd Test - South Africa v Australia Test Series 2018
|Australia 1st Inn||243 all out|
|South Africa 1st Inn||382 all out|
|Australia 2nd Inn||239 all out|
|South Africa 2nd Inn||4/102|
|Australia won the toss and elected to bat.|
|South Africa win by 6 wickets|
|South Africa||Over: 22.5 RR: 3.97|
|F. du Plessis||2||10||0||0||20.00|
|T.B. de Bruyn*||15||14||2||0||107.14|
|Last Wicket:||A.B. de Villiers, 28 (c. Bancroft b. Lyon) - 4/81|
After a scintillating performance in the first Test, Australia head to Port Elizabeth knowing another win over South Africa will keep their 48-year unbeaten series win streak in the country intact. Join The Roar for live scores and analysis from 7pm (AEDT).
Whether with the bat, with the ball or in the field, Australia’s win in Durban by 118 runs, against a quality opponent on foreign soil, was nothing short of emphatic.
Led by, of all people, resurgent all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, the Aussies blunted the Proteas’ vaunted bowling attack after winning the toss to post a good first-innings score, before Mitchell Starc led a supreme effort with the ball to round up the hosts twice for under 300.
Though not without resistance – a dynamic stand between Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock on the fourth day brought about plenty of nail-chewing – it was almost a complete team performance from the tourists, with nearly every player contributing.
One man who didn’t was under-fire first drop Usman Khawaja, and with young opener Cameron Bancroft posting his second Test half-century in the match, the stylish left-hander finds himself in the unfamiliar position of being the batsman most likely to lose his spot.
While the Proteas will be disappointed with their performance, there were still plenty of diamonds in the rough that can give the hosts heart.
Spinner Keshav Maharaj produced a career-best nine-wicket haul, out-of-form keeper-batsman de Kock returned to his swashbuckling best, and most significantly, young opener Markram showed he is a star of the future with a magnificent 143 in the second innings, rescuing the Proteas from embarrassment in the process.
But aside from him and the masterful AB de Villiers, the Proteas’ batting looked flaky, and with Hashim Amla a shadow of the player he once was, and important cogs Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis struggling as well, what should be a fearsome line-up has some gaping cracks.
The toss in the first Test was crucial, but throughout, Australia looked the better side with both bat and ball, and it’s difficult to see that changing in a week.
Australia by seven wickets or 140 runs.
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