Australia in SA

Australia destroy woeful SA

2014-02-15 16:29
Australia celebrate (Gallo Images)
Centurion - Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson claimed career-best match figures as he bowled his team to a crushing 281-run win over South Africa on the fourth day of the first Test at SuperSport Park on Saturday.

AS IT HAPPENED: SA v Australia - DAY 4

Johnson followed up his seven for 68 in the first innings with five for 59 as the Proteas were bundled out for 200.

As he did in the first innings, Johnson took a wicket in his first over and dismissed both South African opening batsmen cheaply to leave the hosts struggling.

AB de Villiers, who made 91 in the first innings, again provided the only significant resistance to the Johnson-inspired bowling attack, hitting 48 before driving Johnson to short cover where Australian captain Michael Clarke held a stinging catch.

Johnson's match figures of 12 for 127 bettered his previous match best of 11 for 159 against South Africa in Perth in 2008/09.

It was a match dominated almost entirely by Australia, who thoroughly outplayed the team currently ranked No 1 in Test cricket.

Given the performance of Johnson in particular, it will be difficult for South Africa to come back in the two remaining Test matches.

South Africa have not been beaten in a series since Australia beat them, also in South Africa, in 2008/09.

As he did in the first innings, Johnson took a wicket in his first over, having Alviro Petersen caught behind for one.

It was Johnson's 250th Test wicket in his 57th Test match.

South African captain Graeme Smith, who was Johnson's first over victim in the first innings, hit a four off a thick outside edge in Johnson's second over but then fell to a superb catch by Alex Doolan when Smith clipped the ball firmly to short leg.

Faf du Plessis was the third man out, with the total on 49, falling victim to a ball which shot through low from Peter Siddle and trapped him in front of his stumps.

Hashim Amla made a solid 35 before he was caught at first slip off Ryan Harris.

Johnson, who took seven for 68 in the first innings, completed the third ten-wicket haul of his Test career when Doolan made another outstanding catch at short leg, snapping up JP Duminy.

There was a hold-up shortly before the tea break when a Johnson bouncer hit the earpiece of Ryan McLaren's helmet, with the batsman needing treatment on the field before continuing.

McLaren was caught behind off Johnson soon after tea and an early finish was inevitable after De Villiers was dismissed, although lower order batsmen Robin Peterson and Vernon Philander both hit some lusty late blows.

Earlier in the day, Clarke declared Australia's second innings closed at 290 for four after only 3.2 overs when Shaun Marsh was caught behind off Dale Steyn without adding to his overnight score of 44.

The second Test starts at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on February 20, with the third Test scheduled for Newlands in Cape Town on March 1.


Victorius team (Gallo Images)

Read more on:    proteas  |  ozinsa  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

ICC probe Ali's wristbands

2014-07-28 21:44

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
249 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS7
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
  • SS5
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
09 August 2014
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Harare Sports Club 10:00
17 August 2014
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Bulawayo 09:30
19 August 2014
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Bulawayo 09:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Graeme Smith's shock decision to retire is...

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.