Highlights South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1 at Port Elizabeth: Kagiso Rabada's five-wicket haul puts hosts in command

Follow all the live scores and updates from the second Test played between South Africa and Australia at Port Elizabeth. Australia lead the hosts 1-0 in four-match Test series.

FirstCricket Staff, March 09, 2018

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Preview: South Africa and Australia resume their battle, while looking to temper hostilities and histrionics, in the second Test of the four-match series at St George’s Park on Friday, just four days after the visitors won the opener by 118 runs.

It was a result that maintained Australia’s long-standing Test dominance on South African soil but was overshadowed by spats both on and off the field that have left the participation of Australian vice-captain David Warner in doubt.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis (L) Australia skipper Steve Smith. AFP

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis (L) and Australia skipper Steve Smith (R). AFP

The feisty opener is to answer an International Cricket Council (ICC) charge for a staircase scuffle with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock after they traded barbs out in the middle and continued the conflict on the way to the changing rooms.

Warner faces a level two charge that could see him suspended for the second test, while South Africa’s De Kock faces a lesser offence.

The outcome of the disciplinary proceedings is not likely to be known until the eve of the test and overshadows the build-up after a good Australian victory at Kingsmead.

The bowling of Mitchell Starc and a strong batting performance by the tail in their first innings proved the difference between the sides in Durban, where the wicket was slower than anticipated but made for a gripping contest.

Much the same is predicted for Port Elizabeth with Starc ominously warning that Australia’s bowlers could do better.

“The reversing ball is going all right this season but there’s maybe a little bit of work to do with the new ball and getting a few more early wickets,” he said.

South Africa were poor in the opening innings but put up a good fight in the second, where they were set a mammoth 417-run chase and fleetingly looked capable of achieving it before their resistance crumbled.

“We would have liked to start the series on a positive note. There are quite a bit of learning opportunities for us to take going forward,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said.

“We will need to take a lot more responsibility with the bat. We didn’t have a great start with the bat but saw great character from the young guys which started their series off well.”

The 23-year-old Aiden Markram was the only centurion in the test, his 143 confirming his potential at the top of the order for the home team.

With inputs from Reuters

Updated Date: Mar 09, 2018

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5599 124
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3474 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114