South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test - Who Said What

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It was matter of when not if Australia would win the first Test in Durban, and as it turned out it took less than 20 minutes on the morning of day five for the tourists to record a 118-run victory.

He very almost ran himself out on 99, which would have made it twice the 23-year-old has fallen short in the nervous nineties, but a slight misfield saw him get through and raise the bat.

South Africa fought back in the second half of the match, bowling with more objective to bowl out the tourists for 227, then recovering from a nightmare start to their second innings, largely through Markram, who made 143, and De Kock. "It's got to be fair for the batters".

Former Australian opener Simon Katich believes things have escalated to such a point during Australia's tour of South Africa that bans might have to be handed down by officials. "We would like to have done it better in the first dig, especially with the bat, but we showed a lot of fight today".

In the past, preparing a slow and low track might have been the Achilles' heal of Australians, but with an abundance of subcontinent sojourns over the past two years and Starc's ability with the old ball, it is not as easy to deflate the current Australian team on a surface that was prepared in Durban. He's a world-class bowler and he's going to be someone who's really important.

Australia lost some cheap wickets on day three before bad light once again prematurely stopped play, but conditions got harder for batting the longer the day went on and Lyon and Starc present a major headache for the Proteas with still two days left in the match.

In the current series against Australia, the curators have chose to remove all the grass considering the potent pace attack.

Bancroft and David Warner started the innings with a solid 56-run partnership but on 28, Warner threw his start away by trying to force Rabada through leg and instead sending a catch to mid-on.

He can now go into the second Test with renewed belief.

Aiden Markram was the backbone of the South African second innings and he brought up a much-deserved century.

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"The boys were certainly pumped was a big moment in the game".

"What was said and done during that interval was regrettable on both sides", said Australia skipper Steve Smith. The left-hander smashed 35 from 25 balls to help Australia bolster their total to 351 and pile the pressure on South Africa. The world record winning fourth innings chase is 418.

Smith had already survived a close call on 30 when he was adjudged not out lbw to Maharaj, and South Africa's review found that - by the slimmest of margins - he had been struck in the umpire's call zone on off stump.

The venue hosted the first test outside of Australia and England in March 1889 when the English beat South Africa by eight wickets.

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Katich, a veteran of 56 Test matches between 2001 and 2010 thinks Crowe needs to stamp his authority.

Australia's Steve Smith, India's Virat Kohli, England's Joe Root and New Zealand's Kane Williamson, all of whom now lead their respective nations despite none of them yet having turned 30.

"Oh well, he gets a chance (tonight) now", he said.

"It's disappointing for Usman Khawaja. It's best just to let him be". He panics and does not look settled. "Sure (Australia) have got a lead of 260 but for him personally he's got to find a way to find more decisive against spin bowling".