Australia lost the first Test against South Africa at Perth as South Africa bounced back emphatically after being bowled out for 242 in the first innings. This loss has made Australia’s run in whites more awful as they have now lost four games on a trot and this was also the first opening game loss in last 28 years. South African bowlers did a commendable job in dismantling Australian batsman for a mere total 244. Australian skipper Steven Smith has expressed his displeasure regarding the Australian batting collapse as they were in a comfortable position in the first innings. With this win, South Africa have now gained a healthy lead of 1-0 in the series and are oozing with confidence. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at Perth

Smith spoke about many things and was quoted in a report from ESPNCricinfo saying, “Look I can’t comment on scheduling that is put in place pretty early. So for me it’s about making sure that the guys prepare as well as they can and I think we all had a Shield game, all the batters who played, most of the batters scored runs in that Shield game and had some valuable time in the middle. We were in a position to be able to drive the game having bowled South Africa out for 240 and then getting to 0 for 150. We had another big collapse of nine for 100, and we weren’t able to capitalise on what the openers did to put us in a great position.” Proteas register 3rd consecutive victory against hosts at Perth, go one up

“It has happened a little bit of late, which is disappointing and the batters really have to continue to work hard to try and rectify what they are doing out in the middle there. We have to form some more partnerships and get big first-innings totals. And if I think if we were able to build quite a big lead on that wicket, it would have been a different story. I guess for us it was just about trying to spend time out in the middle and I guess grind them down. When you have two fast bowlers, I guess the way they used them and the way we thought they’d use them, to use the quicks from one end and some spin at the other end. So, if you keep them out there for long periods of time they can’t continue to do that for a long period of time,” Smith added. Kagiso Rabada: Don t see myself leading SA bowling attack

Dale Steyn was injured during the first innings, which was also a golden chance for the Australian to pounce on. But it wasn’t to be as South African bowlers did well to get into the game. Smith quipped, “But we weren’t able to capitalise after Dale went down and we let them get back into the game and run away with it. So, credit to the way South Africa played, I think in their second innings the partnership between Duminy and Elgar really took the game away from us and we ween’t able to come back from there.”