Proteas need to learn from Kingsmead mistakes

2018-03-06 22:32
Faf du Plessis (Gallo)

Cape Town - Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis told the media after his side's 118-run loss to Australia that they will need to get back to the drawing board ahead of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

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The Proteas' batting order collapsed in both innings' as Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon took Australia to a comfortable victory in Durban.

The only positives with the bat came in the second innings as Aiden Markram's third Test ton (143) and Quinton de Kock's 83 gave South Africa a glimmer of hope.

However, the duo's heroics couldn't hold off a fiery Aussie onslaught as the Proteas now trail the four-match Test series 1-0 leading up to the second Test.

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"I don't think the team needs more motivation to beat Australia," said Du Plessis.

"For us, I think we just need to play the cricket in the way we need to beat Australia, whatever works for each player.

"It's a nice opportunity for us to learn from our mistakes that we made but also stand up and compete against Australia," he said.

The second Test between South Africa and Australia gets under way at 10:00 at St. George's Park on Friday.

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