Starc bags four as Aussies take charge

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

PERTH, Aus­tralia (AP): LED BY swing bowler Mitchell Starc, Aus­tralia dis­missed South Africa for 242 and took con­trol of the first Test at the WACA yes­ter­day.

In re­ply, Aus­tralia got to 105 for no loss with open­ers David Warner and Shaun Marsh un­beaten on 73 and 29 runs, re­spec­tively. Warner raced to his 50 off only 39 balls, pun­ish­ing the South African new ball at­tack for a six and 10 bound­aries.

Starc grabbed four for 71 and Josh Ha­zle­wood three for 73 as South Africa strug­gled all day after win­ning the toss and bat­ting first.

Half cen­turies by Temba Bavuma (51) and Quin­ton de Kock (84) saved face for the tourists after the in­nings had nose-dived to 32-4, and then 81-5 soon after the lunch break.

The pair bat­ted de­fi­antly against the Aus­tralian quicks in a 71-run sixth wicket part­ner­ship Starc ... took four for 71.

be­fore Bavuma fell to a bril­liant catch at the wicket.

De Kock was the main­stay of the South African in­nings and was fi­nally dis­missed when he mist­imed a pull to give Ha­zle­wood his third wicket. He bat­ted for 2 hours and hit a six and 11 fours off 101 balls.

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