Firstly, I want to say congratulations to South Africa for defeating the Australian’s on home soil at the iconic WACA ground in Perth. Being the first time Australia has lost the opening Test of the Summer since 1988, the South African’s have displayed all-round terrific performances to win the first Test match.
1. Rabada is a special talent
Everyone warned us about Kagiso Rabada coming in with his fierce bowling technique but boy I was not prepared for the display he gave during the first test. Throughout both innings no matter how many overs whether it was eight or nine he continued to look fresh every ball he bowled.
Bowling at speed Rabada was able to capitalise on the pitch and hit the crack with most deliveries. This was crucial as he also accomplished bowling a 5-fer finishing on figures of 5 for 92 in the second innings and test figures of 7-170.
The 21-year-old will be looking to continue his form and impress against Australia in the second test at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
2. Australia can not blame DRS for losing
Although the DRS system caused controversy especially amongst the Australia fans after Steve Smith’s dismissal in the first innings and Shaun Marsh in his first innings, Australia can not blame the system for losing the first test.
Yes the decisions were very unlucky but again with the technology rules are rules and it comes down to umpires call (like most games).
I’m sure Australia will definitely be looking to change their batting technique especially when facing Rabada and Keshac Maharaj.
3. One of the greatest run outs of all time
Unlike most Australians, I dislike Dave Warner quite a lot but this does not mean I think he ever deserves to get out (nor do I want him to as I want Australia to win) but the run out by Temba Bavuma was absolutely incredible. It was one of the best run-outs I’ve ever seen, with a 0.267 reaction time and to throw the ball whilst his legs are flung up in the air the direct hit was definitely rewarded as he dismissed danger man Dave Warner.
Lots of jokes were made about his dismissal on social media regarding Warner being able to watch the run-out on his OLED TV (due to being involved in their advertisements throughout the games).
4. No Dale Steyn, No Worries
The discussion throughout the entire week was how much South Africa was in trouble without their star bowler Dale Steyn. His injury came to a huge shock to everyone but it was a blessing in disguise for South Africa as it put attention on Philander and Rabada who both played an exceptional role assisting the South Africans with defeating Australia.
Although Dale Steyn can storm in and bowl deliveries at 145+ km/h will definitely be missed by spectators and teammates but I don’t think South Africa have too much to worry about especially after the performance of Vernon Philander and Rabada fitting in quite well.
5. Philander an all-rounder?
Vernon Philander has impressed me alongside his teammate Rabada this Test match especially after scoring 73 in his second innings to assist with South Africa’s total of 540.
He bowled 4 for 56 in the first innings and 1 for 55 in his second innings which is phenomenal bowling.
His huge contribution and effort with the ball and bat throughout both innings played a significant role in South Africa’s defeat.
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