Rabada dismantles Australia in Perth
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).