South Africa feels the heat as Aussies in box seat

THINGS sit pretty firmly in Australia’s hands after day one of the Test Match between the hosts and South Africa.

After bowling South Africa out for just 76, Australia sits at 5/251 at stumps on day one.

Australian captain Alyssa Healy won the toss and sent the tourists out to bat, and would have been very happy with the decision when Darcie Brown struck in the second over of the day to remove Anneke Bosch with South Africa having only put two runs on the board.

That early wicket was truly a sign of things to come, as only two partnerships for the entire innings made it into double figures. Sune Luus and later Masabata Klaas provided brief resistance but it was to no avail as they were the only two to make it to 10 or more runs.

It truly was a dominant performance from the Australian bowlers as Annabel Sutherland (three wickets) and Tahlia McGrath (two wickets) joined in on the wicket-taking fun, but it was Brown who was truly the chief destroyer with the ball. She took five wickets in what was by far her best bowling performance in a test match to date.

With things all wrapped up just after lunch it was then time for the Australians to have a bat, and early on they copped a taste of their own medicine as the South African bowlers struck early, removing Phoebe Litchfield, Ellyse Perry and then McGrath all cheaply, to leave Australia on the back foot.

Enter Healy and Beth Mooney, who combined for a 166 run fourth wicket partnership to really turn things back in Australia’s favour. Healy then combined with Sutherland to put on an 82 run fifth wicket partnership to keep momentum in Australia’s favour.

It was a true captain’s knock from Healy, who sadly did not get a fairytale ending though, dismissed on 99.

Mooney also had a strong day at the crease, putting 78 on the board, while Sutherland finished the day on 54 not out.

On the flipside it was Klaas who was again standing tall, picking up three wickets to finish the day as the pick of the South African bowlers.


1st Innings

South Africa (10/76)

Sune Luus 26

Masabata Klaas 10 not out

Darcie Brown five wickets

Annabel Sutherland three wickets

Tahlia McGrath two wickets

2nd Innings

Australia (5/251)

Alyssa Healy 99

Beth Mooney 78

Annabel Sutherland 54 not out

Masabata Klaas three wickets

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