It’s got to be Perth-fect

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November 7, 2016
It’s got to be Perth-fect

Rabada bowls South Africa to 1-0 series lead

Proteas keep bringing the heat in Oz, securing a 1-0 lead.

The Proteas continued their dominance over Australia by smashing them by 177 runs in the first Test at the Waca on Monday.

The result means the South Africans have now beaten their fierce rivals in six matches on the trot – five of which were in the recent ODI series in Mzansi.

There were a number of standout performances in the match, such as Quinton de Kock’s two half-centuries (84 and 64), JP Duminy’s knock of 141 in the second innings to announce his return to some sort of form, Dean Elgar’s 127 in that innings and also Vernon Philander’s knock of 73 down the order.

Here we look at three other things the Proteas can take out of this game:

He can lead the way

Man of the Match Kagiso Rabada only took two wickets in the first innings. But when pace spearhead Dale Steyn hurt his shoulder and couldn’t continue, Rabada stepped up big time to claim a five-for in the Aussies’ second innings.

Not only did he take wickets, but he showed a willingness to work hard for them, bowling a total of 31 overs in that innings.

No one-trick pony

Temba Bavuma had a Test to remember. Having scored 51 in the first innings, Bavuma failed in the second with eight.

But his run out of David Warner showed what an attribute he can be in the field and when needed he also bowled seven overs, claiming a wicket in the process.

Yes, he got a bit of tap, but Bavuma showed that he can be a last-resort for the skipper if they need to “buy” a wicket with his gentle medium-pace balls.

We’ve got spin options

Getting into the national team as a spinner is tough at the moment. There are some real candidates for this position.

And debutant Keshav Maharaj is the latest of the spin bowlers to push for a regular place in the side.

Having claimed three wickets in the first innings, he was important in the second to rest the speedsters after Dale Steyn got injured, and sent down 40 overs, while claiming the last wicket of Nathan Lyon in the process.

And he proved that he is a decent bat as well, hammering an unbeaten 41 in the second innings.

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