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Australia destroyed by classy South African outfit in Perth


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The visitors have completed a dominant win over Australia on what was a shocking day for the Australian’s in their first ODI of the home summer. Australia found themselves in early trouble slumping to 3-8 after Travis Head, Darcy Short and Aaron Finch fell cheaply, with Dale Steyn ripping through the Australians in his second over, and putting the hosts on the back foot early on.

Australia were forced to dig in and be patient, with Alex Carey taking his time and waiting for the bad balls, making the most of his chances to post a well compiled 33, before falling trying to sweep. Nathan Coulter-Nile came in and put on a show, hitting five 4s and a six in his 34, to lift Australia to 152.

Andile Phehlukwayo took 3 wickets, with Steyn, Ngidi and Tahir all taking two wickets each.

South Africa never looked fazed in their run chase with Quinton De Kock and Reeza Hendricks putting on 94 before De Kock fell trying to lift the scoring rate. Australia were not causing any trouble for the vistors with the ball, however Pat Cummins bowled with venom and was consistently over 140km/h and looked the most likely.

Nathan Coulter-Nile got the wicket of De Kock for 47 before Marcus Stoinis claimed Hendricks for 44. With just 10 runs for victory, Aiden Markram chopped on off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis to hand the Western Australian his second wicket of the innings. Stoinis wasn’t done their, he claimed Henrick Klaasen late in the piece to end with 3-16 from 4 overs.

The series heads to Adelaide on Friday where Australia will look to bounce back in the three match series.



South Africa are closing in on victory, requiring just 30 runs to win game 1 of the ODI series. Quinton De Kock was smoking them in his innings of 47 and his opening partner Reeza Hendricks showed some class hitting 44 at the top of the order.

Nathan Coulter-Nile took the first wicket of De Kock before Marcus Stoinis claimed the big wicket of Reeza Hendricks.

Game 2 of the series moves to Adelaide Oval on Friday, where Australia will look to level the series.


Kevin Roberts joins the team

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts joined Bruce, Tom Moody and Darren Lehmann at the Innings break to discuss his new role at Cricket Australia and the bans placed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Roberts says “It is a challenging situation. I have received a number of messages from people saying the bans are too harsh, and then there are as many messaging me saying they were too lenient. It is a more common view that the bans are too harsh though.”




Australia have been bowled out for 152 in the first ODI, with Andile Phehlukwayo causing serious problems for the Aussies, claiming 3/33 from six overs with Dale Steyn (2/18 from 7) and Imran Tahir (2/40 from 8 overs) taking the bulk of South Africa’s wickets. Lungi Ngidi ended with 2 wickets also in what was a great day for the visitors.

Australia found themselves in early trouble and were 3/8 after just four overs, before Alex Carey (33) and Marcus Stoinis (14) attempted to ressurect the innings. When Carey departed, Nathan Coulter-Nile took it up to the South African bowlers hitting five 4s and a 6 in his innings of 34 before trying for one too many and lofting the ball to mid on to end Australia’s innings.

South Africa had a short burst at the crease before the official innings break and got off to a fast start with Quinton de Kock (19) and Reeza Hendricks (3) putting the visitors in a good position at 0-28 at the innings break.



South Africa have won the toss and elected to bowl in Perth.

Shaun Marsh will miss today’s game through injury, while Australia have opted to go with four pace bowlers instead of a specialist spin bowler. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Coulter-Nile will fire them down today, with Adam Zampa to miss today’s contest. Darcy Short will come into the side to replace show Marsh.

Australian XI: Aaron Finch (c), Travis Head, D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Alex Carey (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

South Africa XI: South Africa XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis (c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir




Australia has lost two wickets in three balls with Travis Head edging one to keeper Quinton De Kock off the bowling of Dale Steyn, Australia 2/4 off just two overs, first Head, then Darcy Short edges second ball he faces. A terrific catch from Faf du Plessis at second slip.



Finch falls as Aussies in real trouble in Perth 

Aaron Finch has been dismissed in Perth for 5, but replays have shown that the ball was travelling over the top of middle stump, and had Finch chosen to review, he would have survived. Mike Hussey believed it looked a bit high on first look. Australia slump to 3/8 off 4 overs.




16 overs have been bowled in Perth and the Australians have stopped the rot to some extent. The hosts are 3/36 after losing early wickets of Travis Head (1), Darcy Short (0) and Aaron Finch (5) inside the first five overs of the contest.

Dale Steyn took the first two crucial wickets, but Alex Carey and Chris Lynn have stemmed the bleeding with the big hitting Lynn 15 not out, and Vice Captain Carey 13 not out.



Chris Lynn has walked after being given not out in Perth, a review proved that Lynn inside edged the ball to wicketkeeper De Kock, but the on field umpire did not give Lynn out. Following the review, Lynn began to walk and Macquarie Sports Radio commentator Darren Lehmann can not believe that he would walk before being given out.

“Why is he walking off, he hasn’t been given out there, the review will prove he is out, but he should be waiting in the middle for that decision to be made.”



South Africa are in complete control in the first ODI and David Miller has produced a cracking fielding effort at Perth Stadium, to run out Pat Cummins. Alex Carey dropped the ball on the off side and took off with Miller gathering, throwing and hitting all in one motion finding Cummins well short of his ground, dismissed for 12 as Australia sit 7-90.

Cummins and Carey were putting together a nice partnership as they tried to resurect the Australian innings, before Cummins was short of his ground, Alex Carey continues to dig in, and is currently 26 not out, with Nathan Coulter Nile joining him at the crease.



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Australia will begin the summer with three One Day internationals against South Africa, the team they played when all the carnage in Australian cricket kicked off earlier this season. The new attitude of the Aussies will be on show too with a much calmer and nicer group of Australian cricketers on show. Game one will take us to Perth with a strong Australian squad selected the Australian’s will look to get things back on track early against a very potent South African side.

Aaron Finch is the new One Day Captain and likely holds the key to Australia’s fortunes in this series, Finch averages 38.19 in ODI cricket, and his ability to play aggressive as well as being mindful of the situation the team is in, makes him a dangerous prospect for South Africa this summer. J osh Hazelwood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will team up again, in what is one of the strongest bowling trios in world cricket. The three haven’t played together since the sandpaper incident in South Africa.

Dale Steyn is back for the visitors and the bouncy Perth Stadium wicket could be an advantage for his pace and bounce with the Australian batsmen knowing he will be their key weapon. After going down to the Prime Ministers XI during the week South Africa will hope that they can turn things around against their old foe.

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Australia’s Squad:

Aaron Finch (c), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa


South African Squad: 

Faf du Plessis (c), Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn.