Hobart - Australia's
hopes of preventing South Africa from winning a third consecutive
series Down Under suffered a major setback after recording their lowest
total against the Proteas at home in Hobart on Saturday.
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Steve Smith's hapless team were demolished for just 85, with Vernon
Philander snaring five for 21 as South Africa seized control on just the
opening day of the second Test.
At tea, the Proteas strengthened their hold with an unbroken stand of
43 with Stephen Cook on 23 and Perth centurion Dean Elgar not out at
The capitulation revisited the nightmares of their miserable 47 in
Cape Town in 2011 and England's demolition for 60 at Trent Bridge last
Only skipper Smith provided any backbone in his unbeaten knock of 48
as the Australians failed to back up their talk of rebounding from their
comprehensive 177-run thrashing by the Proteas in the Perth series
South Africa are on the verge of emulating the intimidating West
Indies teams of the 1980s-1990s with three straight series wins in
Australia after their convincing victory in Perth.
The Hobart rout also follows the first innings collapse of 10 for 86
in Perth when they squandered a 158-run opening stand to surrender
meekly to the Proteas.
Cricket statisticians were in overdrive as Australia plumbed new lows
in Hobart -- it was also their lowest total since their 76 at home
against the West Indies in 1984.
David Warner was the barometer of an approaching Australian maelstrom
when he recklessly slashed at a wide ball in Philander's opening over
and was caught behind.
It was an irresponsible shot from the Australian vice-captain and
things only got worse in Kyle Abbott's following over when recalled Joe
Burns was trapped leg before wicket.
The home side lost both openers for just two runs and it was a steady
procession from the wicket with only Smith offering any spirited
The Australians reached lunch at 43 for six after Usman Khawaja edged
Philander to Hashim Amla at slip for four and Adam Voges was out next
ball, caught behind by Quinton de Kock.
Callum Ferguson, who fought off a hat-trick ball after coming to the
wicket in his first Test, was brilliantly run out for three by a direct
throw by fielding substitute Dane Vilas while going for a second run.
Wicketkeeper Peter Nevill was the sixth wicket to fall after a DRS
review of a lbw appeal off Kagiso Rabada with nothing going Australia's
Philander was forced to leave the field for shoulder treatment after a
mid-pitch collision with Smith during a leg before wicket appeal, but
returned after lunch.
Philander bowled newcomer Joe Mennie for 10 and JP Duminy took a
screamer of a catch to dismiss Mitchell Starc, flinging himself
one-handed to his right off Abbott.
Josh Hazlewood cracked two fours before he fell to a slips catch by Amla off Abbott.
De Kock took a blinding one-handed catch across the slips cordon to remove Nathan Lyon and end the Australian innings.
The South Africans earlier named Kyle Abbott in their only change in the absence of injured strike bowler Dale Steyn.
Australia dropped all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and gave Test debuts to
batsman Ferguson at No.6 and paceman Mennie, while Burns replaced
injured opener Shaun Marsh.
David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (captain), Adam Voges, Callum Ferguson, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Joe Mennie, Nathan Lyon.
Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott.
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) Aleem Dar (PAK)
TV umpire: Nigel Llong (ENG)