South Africa's twin collapses make the difference

South Africa vs Australia

Mitchell Starc finished with a match haul of 9/109 as Australia completed a 118-run victory over South Africa Monday in the first Test of the four-Test series at Kingsmead, Durban.

Mitchell Starc was named man of the match after capturing nine wickets.

Having run out star batsman AB de Villiers, Australia's vice-captain then unleashed a spray on not-out batsman Aiden Markram, while Nathan Lyon dropped the ball in the direction of de Villiers who was sprawled on the turf having dived in an effort to make his ground. Tail contributed really well. "Once they got through the first seven or eight batters it was pretty easy to get through the tail", said du Plessis.

South Africa have been left wanting in their own den now after losing the third Test against India in Johannesburg and soon have to regroup for the second Test match which will be played on March 9.

Later, South Africa came to chase the score for their first innings but they seen batting disaster in their innings and lost all wickets in 162 runs.

Keshav Maharaj was South Africa's wrecking ball in the opening Test as he ended the game with figures of 9/225. In the current series against Australia, the curators have made a decision to remove all the grass considering the potent pace attack.

Former South African skipper Graeme Smith agreed it was not good for cricket, but suggested Warner only had himself to blame in an online reply to Gilchrist.

Kagiso Rabada bowled with pace and hostility and was unlucky not to claim more than the two wickets he took for 28 runs.

"It's really satisfying to win the first Test match of this was clinical in the end and I'm proud of the way the boys played". The earliest he could be available is the third Test in Cape Town, but that is optimistic given that he still needs to play at least one, and preferably two, domestic first-class games to prove his fitness. "I think [in] the first innings, Mitchell Marsh was magnificent with his 96".

"It happens really quickly", said Markram.

Steve Smith's side returned on day five in Durban needing a solitary wicket after the Proteas had collapsed around Aiden Markram on Sunday.

So "four bowlers" will nearly certainly have to be the brew on that front again, with some part-time back-up if necessary from Dean Elgar or Aiden Markram. His ability to repel the Australian bowling quartet and the verbals is a sign that he belongs in Test cricket. Amla made eight before he was trapped by Hazlewood. Quinton de Kock also batted well and scored 83 runs before falling last in the second innings.

"That was a brilliant knock", said Du Plessis.

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. Mitchell Starc was at its brutal best when the ball started reversing and just skittled the lower order for nearly nothing. They have learnt if it reverses, then Starc will have further enhanced his reputation as the "The Mop".

It might not be desperate times as yet, but the Proteas have realised defeating Australia on slow-natured surfaces is not as easy as it used to be.