The first two matches between South Africa and Australia have certainly lived up to the expectations. After losing the first test by 118 runs, South Africa came back superbly and won the second test match by 6 wickets. The hero of the test match were South African batsman AB De Villiers and South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada.
Kagiso Rabada, in particular, was class-apart in the entire test match. The young fast bowler simply ripped through Australian batting line-up in both the innings and took a total of 11 wickets in the match which earned him the man of the match. The bowler exposed Australian middle-order who were simply hapless against the pacer. Australian captain Steve Smith has asked for better batting display from his teammates.
We have not got a hundred in the series and it is not ideal, says Steve Smith
Speaking with SEN, Australian captain Steve Smith says batsmen need to put-up better scores. “We haven’t got a hundred so far in this series, so that’s not ideal,” Smith said after South Africa won the second Test on Monday. Mitchell Marsh probably deserved a hundred in the first Test to be fair, but if we’re getting batters scoring big hundreds it certainly helps us out a hell of a lot. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to do that so far in this series, but we’ve got a good opportunity to turn it around in the next”, says Steve Smith while talking to the reporters.
AB De Villiers looks in absolute control, further adds Smith
Speaking further, Steve Smith said South African batsman AB De Villiers was the big difference between the two teams. AB De Villiers played a brilliant innings of 126 not out that helped South Africa to gain control over the test match. “He’s just looked in complete control, hasn’t he. In both Test Matches. The second innings in Port Elizabeth was the first time we have got him out conventionally. But he’s still human, so it is about getting the ball in the right areas enough to him, which I think we haven’t done so far throughout this series. If we do that hopefully we can get his wicket nice and early and get the pressure on”, further adds Smith.
Rabada’s giving Warner a send-off in the second innings and brushing shoulders with Steve Smith in the first innings has ruled him out from the rest of the test series.The third test will be played from 22nd March to 26th March at Newlands, Cape Town. The fourth and the final test will be played from 30th March to 3rd April at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.