Rabada dis­man­tles Aus­tralia in Perth

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Pace­man Kag­iso Rabada bowled an un­der­strength South Africa to a 177-run vic­tory over Aus­tralia yes­ter­day, giv­ing the vis­i­tors a 1-0 lead in the three-test se­ries. South African en­tered the se­ries with­out in­jured cap­tain AB de Vil­liers, and lost pace spear­head Dale Steyn when he frac­tured his right shoul­der on the sec­ond day and was ruled out of the re­main­der of the se­ries. Rabada said he rel­ished the chal­lenge in Steyn’s ab­sence. “It’s not nice los­ing the best bowler in the world,” Rabada said. “I didn’t see my­self as lead­ing the at­tack. I had a job to do for my coun­try, team­mates and peo­ple back home. No one likes to lose.” Man-of-the-match Rabada’s 5-92 in the sec­ond in­nings, ral­lied to en­sure South Africa con­tin­ued their un­beaten run in tests at the WACA and ended a long streak for the Aus­tralians, who hadn’t lost the first Test of a home se­ries since los­ing to the West Indies in 1988. Baggy Green skip­per Steve Smith was un­happy with his team’s bat­ting and said: “South Africa are for­mi­da­ble op­po­nents and they out­played us in this test match. “We are go­ing to have to play a lot bet­ter if we want to com­pete with them in the next game.” The sec­ond Test starts at Ho­bart’s Bel­lerive Oval on Satur­day at 3.30am (UAE time).

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