Starc sparks South Africa collapse with brutal ball

Lynette Rowe
March 12, 2018

A fiery spell of fast bowling from Kagiso Rabada has put South Africa in a strong position against Australia, after an eventful opening day of the second test. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7pm (AEDT).

South Africa were 153-2 at tea - with two batsmen on half-centuries - and heading for a significant first-innings lead at St. George's Park until Mitchell Starc bowled Hashim Amla with a swinging yorker on the fourth ball of the last session to start Australia's comeback.

David Warner has swapped red-hot rage for ice-cool composure, excelling in tricky conditions to help Australia to reach 1-98 at lunch on day one of the second Test against South Africa.

"The reversing ball is going all right this season but there's maybe a little bit of work to do with the new ball and getting a few more early wickets", he said.

However, Australia started their first innings with Bancroft and Warner.

Amla was twice given out lbw and twice overturned the decision using video review, surviving on 7 and 40.

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Williams and Warner's wife Candice were exposed in a toilet tryst in 2007, something that de Kock allegedly brought up during the first Test match in Durban - sending the Australian batsman into a rage.

It was a result that maintained Australia's long-standing Test dominance on South African soil but was overshadowed by spats both on and off the field that have left the participation of Australian vice-captain David Warner in doubt.

Starc bowled Amla and Josh Hazlewood had Elgar caught behind eight balls later.

The feisty opener is to answer an International Cricket Council (ICC) charge for a staircase scuffle with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock after they traded barbs out in the middle and continued the conflict on the way to the changing rooms. Lyon removed de Kock with a wonderful, flighted delivery that turned past the bat to knock back off stump.

Rabada was charged on Saturday morning by match officials for misconduct after the shoulder bump on Smith, and faces a two-test ban if found guilty of deliberate physical contact.

Australia otherwise battled to create opportunities to take wickets, not helped by South Africa going into their shell and playing risk-free cricket, though spinner Nathan Lyon did find good turn off the wicket and was hard to score off. The hearing will take place on Sunday.

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