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  • 3:52 PM IST

    It was indeed a good day WACA for the Aussies:

  • 3:41 PM IST

    And that is Stumps for the day. Australia end at 105/0 and Warner is surging towards his century. He has smashed 13 boundaries so far while Marsh was found struggling. Steyn did make Shaun Marsh anxious but Warner and Marsh found their way out from the South Africa pacers. Maharaj could not make an impetus with the ball as witnessed with the bat. South Africa will have try various ways to bundle out Australia on Day 2, if they need to come back in this series.

  • 3:29 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 93/0; David Warner 61, Shaun Marsh 29: So one finally gets to witness Maharaj before the Day ends. Could he get a wicket here? Marsh is taking his own time. So Nathan Lyon was hiding from the camera, ah, there he is! Almost heading towards the end of the day. But this partnership has gone a long way, thanks to ‘The Bull’.

  • 3:23 PM IST

    He is indeed ‘The Bull’:

  • 3:17 PM IST

    The Australians are having time of their life, like literally:

  • 3:16 PM IST

    And yes, that was a Six by Warner:

  • 2:59 PM IST

    Yes, fifty for Warner but what about Marsh? :O

  • 2:59 PM IST

    Some appreciation coming the way:

  • 2:56 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 72/0; David Warner 54, Shaun Marsh 15: Fifty for Warner, he just gets these with so much ease. And it is fifty up for Australia also. Marsh is still struggling after those lucky boundaries. Fifty on Rabada’s over of all things. Aleen Dar has given no ball here as well. Where is Maharaj? Maybe he will be the star for today. And then you have over-throw

  • 2:34 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 32/0; David Warner 29, Shaun Marsh 1: And Steyn smiles, Warner flicks for boundaries. What a moment. He uttered something and Warner did not give much heed. So Australia in complete command and S Marsh goes off the mark, finally.

  • 2:31 PM IST

    Yes!

  • 2:29 PM IST

    This is exactly what happens when you waste a review on no ball:

  • 2:17 PM IST

    S Marsh looks nervous, Steyn look deadly:

  • 2:10 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 6/0; David Warner 5, Shaun Marsh 0: What combination begin the innings from both the ends. Steyn and Warner. Just 1 from the first over. Australia got a wicket in the first over. Protea fire needs to build up. If there is anyone South Africva need to concentrate on is Warner. Philander is into attack. What a ball, close call there. But that turns out to be a no-ball. And then people miss ABD at the right time:


  • 1:59 PM IST

    And this how people reacted. Now the actual fun begins with Australia bowlers facing Rabada, Steyn and Maharaj

  • 1:57 PM IST

    And that ends the innings for South Africa, they were aiming for 250 here. But Australia bowlers had other plans are restricted them well below the run mark. Now Aussies will have be ready to face the wrath of Steyn. Starc ends with a 4-for. He makes a comeback for sure, despite the injury. Hazlewood and Lyon also added three wickets to bowl out the Proteas.

  • 1:49 PM IST

    People are indeed amused to see runs flowing from Rabada and Steyn:

  • 1:44 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 232/9; Kagiso Rabada 1, Dale Steyn 4: So the pacers will meet the pacers now. Rabada and Steyn on the crease. And that is Starc who will bowl to Rabada. It was very unfortunate for QDK to miss his century of just 16 runs. Well, Australia will very soon face the wrath of Steyn and Rabada now. Oh well, Maharaj has already shown his classy style with bat so now it is up to the ball. Steyn gets four and that is surprising.

    As my colleague Aditya said, ‘oh chauka tha’, Kaustubh added his pun, ‘chauk gaya na?’.

  • 1:21 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 210/7; Quinton de Kock 72, Keshav Maharaj 15: South Africa are racing to their 200-run mark. They atleast deserve that. So Hazlewood is back and once again a close call. It is QDK on strike after his excellent form, there is a slight nick and Smith feels it was out. He was declared not out here. It was Aleem Dar’s decision for god sake, Australia lost another opportunity. Smith’s call had to reverse, I mean it was Aleem Dar. Starc could not have jumped, when he is struggling. And that is 200 up for the Proteas. What a six from Maharaj, indeed Maharaj ki Jai!

  • 1:05 PM IST

    And look look, the English men are keen to watch Australia match. Learning some lessons from the Aussie bowlers is it?

  • 1:01 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 175/7; Quinton de Kock 53, Keshav Maharaj 0: And Cook is here, oops sorry, Maharaj is here. Well, Maharaj is known as maid/cook in India. So that just follows. Starc continues as the Tea break was taken in the middle. So two balls later, no difference for South Africa yet.

  • 12:51 PM IST

    And with that fifty along with Philander’s wicket, South Africa head for Tea at 175/7. Starc got his third and he shines once again. South Africa need to balance it out and if not we will see Australia coming to bat soon and they face wrath of Steyn. One could feel for Bavuma as he was dismissed right after fifty after a resilient innings. Third session will all be dependent on de Kock’s innings.

  • 12:37 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 174/6; Quinton de Kock 52, Vernon Philander 10: And that’s fifty for de Kock. He was almost caught for a nick and Smith took a review. Well, Clarke was looking forward to that review and they lose that one with this one. Philander has complimented de Kock well after Bavuma’s wicket. Lyon also came and bowled round the wicket, but all safe.

  • 12:10 PM IST

    But Bavuma needs to be lauded for his innings. What a fifty:

  • 12:09 PM IST

    Indeed, OUTSTANDING!

  • 12:08 PM IST

    Both the Marsh brothers have shown athletic skills today:

  • 12:06 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 157/6; Quinton de Kock 44, Vernon Philander 1: And that fifty partnership between de Kock and Bavuma. Also Bavuma is just four runs away from his fifty. Shane Warne is back for commentary and he seems to be crying for every ball. And now just three runs away from his fifty. Bavuma has been patient after the collapse in the first session and this is the resilience South Africa needs. Lyon is back. Where was he? And that is fifty up for Bavuma! What an resilient innings. De Kock is also on his way to get his century. And just after his fifty Bavuma departs for 51. Lyon gets his first.

  • 11:50 AM IST

    And Bavuma can steal the show:

  • 11:49 AM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 132/5; Temba Bavuma 31, Quinton de Kock 40: Before heading for drinks, South Africa pretty much stabalised the innings. Bavuma is on top with his boundaries. Well de Kock and Bavuma have shared 10 boundaries. Mitchell Marsh has not had his day. After backing him so much, he will have to prove with the bat. Even Smith wants to take him ahead in the batting line-up.

  • 11:39 AM IST

    This has been pretty similar situation in 2012 in the same venue and here is what had happened:

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of first day’s play of the first Test between Australia and South Africa at Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA), Perth on Thursday. It i definitely one of the most awaited series of the season as two giants of the game will collide in a Test series. Perth has been one of the famous Test venues and one can expect the surface to be result oriented. South Africa are without the services of the their skipper and undoubtedly one of the best batsmen in contemporary cricket AB de Villiers. Faf fu Plessis is the stand-in skipper and will have to shoulder the extra responsibility along with batting.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at Perth

South Africa have had a magnificent record in Tests in Australia since 2008. They top the charts with highest Win/Loss ration as they have won three games, lost one and drew couple of Tests out of six games played here since 2008, which makes their W/L ratio 3.0. In fact, no other team stands as close as the Proteas, which rightfully speaks of their dominance Down Under. With momentum being on their side, South Africa will eye to replicate their splendid performance in whites as they famously did back at home against the white ball.

Both the swords are equally sharpened will be worth to watch. They have some solid depth in their bowling and it won’t be wrong to say that a team’s success will also highly depend on how their bowlers fare. With numbers backing South Africa, the hosts have home conditions as an advantage. Most of their batsmen have had a good run in whites at home in last two years. Adam Voges averages 165 while Usman Khawaja hails of a staggering average of 126. Steve Smith, David Warner and Shaun Marsh all have some incredible numbers to their names in last 24 months. As the series is expected to be a thriller, let’s analyse the bowling attack of both the sides.

Australia would be bolstered with the return of their premium strike bowler, Mitchell Starc, as he has successfully recovered from an injury. Starc is inarguably one of the bests in the business and has done a admirable job with the red cherry in hand. His soaring height, high-arm action, getting the ball to move, the extra zip, unexpected bounce and ability to bowl toe-crushing Yorkers stands him apart from his imminent peers. On the contrary, Starc is well capable in getting rid of the tail-enders. He was unstoppable in the Test series against Sri Lanka in their own den, where spinners inflicted most of the damage. He had 24 scalps to his name in three Tests at an astounding average of 15.16. His presence will make the difference and is undoubtedly the man to watch out for in the entire tour.

Squads: 

Australia: Steven Smith(c), David Warner, George Bailey, Scott Boland, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Joe Mennie, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, James Faulkner, Shaun Marsh.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis(c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn.