With Kagiso Rabada being the star of the South African bowling attack in the just concluded first of the three-Test series vs Australia at the Western Asutralia Cricket Association (WACA) Stadium in Perth on Monday, which South Africa won by 177 runs, it is also being predicted that had the track at Perth been a little flatter, it would have become almost impossible for Rabada to come up with a similar winning performance with the ball. However, it is also his youth and talent that has brought out quite a few number of words of praise from skipper Faf du Plessis. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at Perth

“I am incredibly proud of KG. He just wanted the ball. Every time I said, ‘Are you tired?’ he said, ‘No, you’re not taking the ball out of my hand’. That’s the sign of a champion bowler for me. He wants to be in the fight the whole time,” said du Plessis, reports espncricinfo.com. Also Rabada spoke on his performance. “It was challenging but I’ve done this before, at Kent. There are flat wickets there. At least here the ball is bouncing now. I’ve got that experience in my body but least I am young. If I was older, I don’t know if I’d have done that much,” said Rabada. Proteas register 3rd consecutive victory against hosts at Perth, go one up

Du Plessis also spoke on South africa’s determination, that started form the home ODI series win over Australia in Septmeber. “It was important coming here after what we’ve done in the one-dayers to back it up with Tests You like to start well and open up those wounds again,” said du Plessis. Kagiso Rabada: Don’t see myself leading SA bowling attack

“The extra responsibility on JP is something he has really enjoyed. He looked really confident He was practising well. His body language was positive. It’s not a guarantee but it’s a sign and I felt JP’s cricket was about to turn in a positive way. He has played really well. That’s one of his best knocks he has ever played. He moved brilliantly. Even throwing the ball to him now, I know he is so confident. It’s great for his future in the game,” added du Plessis.

“It’s important to celebrate games like this. Every time you win a Test you must celebrate. But we also know we’ve got one step in the right direction but we are very far from winning the series,” du Plessis concluded.