While South Africa got off to a false start on Day One at the Waca against Australia on Wednesday, the hosts had a running start.
And that was the difference between the two teams as they kicked off the three-match Test series Down Under.
Aussie opener David Warner is the man that would have been haunting the South African bowling attack’s dreams after he smacked (73 off 62 balls) to steer his team to 105/0 in reply to South Africa’s 242 all out.
Entering the match high on confidence after their recent 5-0 ODI series whitewash in South Africa, the Proteas were knocked off their high horse from the word go.
They needed a good start to build on the momentum gained in SA, but when the out-of-form Stephen Cook (0) lost his wicket with the fourth ball of the series – removed by Mitchell Starc (4/71) – the old problem of not getting a solid platform up front started to creep in again.
Hashim Amla followed soon afterwards without getting off the mark as well and when Dean Elgar (12) and JP Duminy (11) also lost their wickets, South Africa were on 32/4.
It was an early mental win for the Aussies, as Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle all claimed early wickets – all of whom missed the recent tour to SA.
One thing was clear; this is a different Aussie side the Proteas are playing.
Temba Bavuma (51) and Quinton de Kock (84) added some respectability to the visitors’ total.
But the moment Warner and his opening partner Shaun Marsh (unbeaten on 29) stepped into the fray, they proved just how bad the SA batsmen were.
Warner played his shots and went after the South African bowlers.
And with the risk-taking there comes a bit of luck.
Warner had his good fortune when, with his score on 17, Vernon Philander had trapped the Aussie star leg before wicket.
The review, though, showed that Philander had overstepped.
Warner then continued to chance his arm and along with the good display from the bowlers is the main reason why Australia would have ended Day One in the driving seat.