Australia has ripped aside South Africa’s prime order, as they take advantage of the terrifying Gabba inexperienced deck. LIVE COVERAGE INSIDE.
Australian captain Pat Cummins went in opposition to custom, opted to bowl first after successful the toss on the Gabba this morning – and was instantly rewarded.
He did so due to the green-tinged Gabba deck which has the quick bowlers from each Australia and South Africa licking their lips on the prospect of a bowler-friendly wicket.
And it took Mitchell Starc simply 13 deliveries to attract first blood in opposition to South Africa, earlier than a shocking collapse earlier than lunch on day one.
1.05PM: VERREYNNE’S GREAT ESCAPE AS HEAD MISFIRES
South Africa have been creeping alongside properly, however they very practically got here undone by the juicy Gabba deck as soon as once more -but for a distinct causes.
Verreynne pushed off for a fast single earlier than being despatched again by Bavuma, and in turning round in the midst of the pitch he misplaced his footing and was left utterly stranded as Travis Head picked up the ball at quick mid-wicket.
Head fired off a throw – with Alex Carey not but within the body – and Verreynne would’ve been properly wanting his floor had there been a direct hit.
Happily for the South Africans, the throw was huge and this fifth-wicket partnership marches on in the direction of lunch.
South Africa have improved to 4-65 – which doesn’t make for nice studying, however contemplating they had been 4-27 somewhat below an hour in the past, it’s been a productive fightback from these two.
12.50PM: PROTEAS STEM BLEEDING AFTER BRUTAL HOUR
We’re half an hour away from the lunch break, and South Africa are firmly on the ropes.
However they’ve managed to stem the bleeding considerably after Scott Boland’s sensible double-wicket over lowered them to 4-27 inside the primary hour of play.
Temba Bavuma and Kyle Verreynne have performed with a bit extra positivitiy and added 27 runs for the fifth wicket. Their first job is to make it by means of till lunch after which reassess about go about saving this Check match.
South Africa has a bowling lineup each bit as potent as Australia’s, and so they’ll even be wanting ahead to having a go on this seam-friendly wicket.
However they’ll want to present Rabada and co one thing to bowl to. And that can require a shaky center order and lengthy tail wagging significantly over the following few classes.
“If South Africa can get to lunch four-down, they’ll have dodged just a few bullets,” says Mark Waugh on Fox Cricket.
“If they are often 4-80 at lunch, or 4-70, they’ll be fairly proud of that.”
12.25PM: PROTEAS IN SHAMBLES AFTER BOLAND CARNAGE
South Africa are in shambles!
Three wickets gone inside the primary hour, and it’s Scott Boland who continues his genuinely freakish begin to his Check profession.
Bowling a full size, he has Sarel Erwee on the drive. That harmful territory on a wicket this energetic, and Erwee’s thick edge flies quick and low to the person with in all probability the most secure fingers within the Australian aspect: Cameron Inexperienced.
The large teen doesn’t drop many within the gully, and he takes a advantageous seize right here to ship Erwee on his approach for 10.
“Anytime you get three wickets within the first hour, it’s a very good begin,” says Mitchell Starc, with South Africa 3-27.
“There’s a lot in (the wicket).”
Worse was to return. With Khaya Zondo lasting simply two balls earlier than changing into Boland’s second sufferer.
It was an absolute gem which traps Zondo LBW, jagging again off a very good size to beat the middle-order batsman all-ends-up.
Zondo goes for a two-ball duck, earlier than he rapidly reviewing within the hope of a technological saviour. And to be honest, it does look a contact excessive.
However the video replays affirm that sufficient of the ball is crashing into the bails – and Zondo departs on an umpire’s name.
The vacationers are 4-27 now and lunch seems to be a great distance away.
12.10AM: WICKET! CUMMINS JOINS THE PARTY
Australia scent blood within the water right here, and so they’re making good on Pat Cummins’ choice to bowl first this morning.
In actual fact, it’s Cummins himself who does the harm.
An ideal size attracts No.3 Rassie van der Dussen right into a shot – and the ball strikes simply sufficient off the seam to take an edge, earlier than being caught by Alex Carey.
Van der Dussen departs for simply 5.
A traditional Pat Cummins dismissal, and it leaves South Africa in a world of ache. We’re not even an hour into play this morning and the vacationers are 2-27.
There are many query marks about South Africa’s batting lineup, and Australia have already made their approach into the Proteas’ center order. Hazard indicators.
12.05AM: AUSTRALIA MAKE KEY SWITCH
Eight overs down for Australia, and Pat Cummins has made an early change to his bowling assault.
Scott Boland has the ball in his fingers now – and is proprietor of one of the extraordinary bowling information in Check cricket historical past.
Boland proved his heroics from final summer time had been no fluke when he blitzed the West Indies in final week’s day-night Check, and arrives on the Gabba with the unbelievable Check document of 21 wickets at a mean of simply 10.33.
He replaces Mitchell Starc within the assault. Regardless of choosing up the important thing wicket of Dean Elgar, Starc was a contact wayward early. He’s carried out his job, although, and let’s examine if Boland can maintain the strain on.
11.50AM: WATCH: STARC SNARES KEY WICKET
11.44AM: STARC BLOWS AWAY PROTEAS SKIPPER
Mitchell Starc has the very early breakthrough – with the primary ball of his third over.
And it’s an enormous wicket, persevering with the massive fast’s stranglehold over South African captain Dean Elgar.
Starc angles one into the physique and Elgar makes an attempt to work it down the legside, solely to strangle it a contact – and he feathers a catch to Alex Carey.
He departs for simply 3, and South Africa are 1-12 on a wicket that appears prefer it has loads of demons in it.
“That’s a bonus… Sure he’s acquired the wicket however you wouldn’t name it good bowling. However you’ll take it,” says Allan Border.
It brings Rassie van der Dussen to the center.
11.35AM: CUMMINS’ WILD FIRST OVER, STARC DENIED
Pat Cummins took the brand new ball alongside Mitchell Starc – regardless of the temptation to present Scott Boland an early take a look at the juicy Gabba deck.
Cummins will get off to a rocky begin, with two leg-side deliveries making their solution to the boundary by way of 4 leg byes.
There’s a entice you possibly can fall into on the Gabba, particularly when the wicket seems to be like it’ll do all of the give you the results you want… as a result of the secret is to stay to the strategies that give you the results you want on a traditional day of cricket.
“He’ll be dissatisfied with that over, Pat Cummins. A reasonably unfastened over. Un-Pat Cummins-like,” says Mark Waugh on Fox Cricket, who suggests Boland might need been the higher early choice.
“Scott Boland is one man who can land it on a handkerchief and does bowl a fuller size.”
Fortunately there’s no higher bowler on the earth to make these little changes than Cummins.
Starc thought he might need grabbed the early breakthrough with a caught-behind probability off Dean Elgar, however was turned down.
A muted attraction from Australia was despatched upstairs, however replays affirm it was a bump ball from the South African skipper that was despatched by means of to Alex Carey.
11.10AM: WEATHER AND PREDICTIONS
We’re moments away from the primary ball of the morning, so take a look at how our specialists anticipate issues will play out – and what to anticipate from the following 5 days.
Day one – 27 and sunny
Day two – 26 and sunny
Day three – 28 and sunny
Day 4 – 27 and sunny
Day 5 – 27 and sunny
MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE – If he can maintain his unbelievable kind rolling from the West Indies run-fest, it’ll soften up an excellent however underprepared South African assault.
DEAN ELGAR – If the South African captain doesn’t rating runs, the Proteas’ gamble to select 5 specialist bowlers is in grave hazard of exploding on the tarmac.
ROBERT CRADDOCK: Australia will win a low-scoring Check collection 2-0 with a well-known theme being Australia wriggling from 4-90 to 300, which will probably be sufficient to see them residence in opposition to a reasonable South African batting group.
BEN HORNE: Australia will win 3-0 inside 11 days throughout all three Checks. The South African batting line-up merely gained’t give their bowlers an opportunity to compete.
10.50AM: AUSSIES BOWL FIRST ON GREEN GABBA DECK
Australia has gained the toss and elected to bowl first on the Gabba’s inexperienced mamba pitch.
The Brisbane wicket seems to be nearly the identical color because the outfield and with cloudy skies additionally overhead, Australia will again its tempo assault led by Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland to trigger harm to South Africa’s inexperienced batting order.
Australia gained final yr’s Gabba Check bowling first – albeit England had elected to bat – with Starc famously taking a wicket off the very first ball of the match.
“Appears to be like like there’s somewhat little bit of color within the wicket,” stated Cummins, who comes into the XI after lacking final week’s West Indies demolition by means of harm.
“It is perhaps a bit deceptive the color, however it feels onerous. It doesn’t matter what occurs right now hopefully it’s a very good batting wicket.”
The final visiting captain to win the toss, bowl first and win on the Gabba was New Zealand’s Jeremy Coney again in 1985, in response to cricket.com skilled Louis Cameron.
England skipper Nasser Hussain famously acquired sucked into considering there is perhaps a little bit of nip within the inexperienced wicket and was fretting about taking 20 wickets with the Kookaburra ball when he made his ill-fated choice to bowl first on the Gabba.
Cummins replaces Michael Neser in the one change for the Australians, whereas South African skipper Dean Elgar stated he would’ve opted to bat first regardless.
Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Inexperienced, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland
South Africa: Dean Elgar (capt), Sarel Erwee, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
10.30AM: TEST GREATS’ BOLD CALL OVER GABBA SHOCK
Bowl first on the Gabba? Absolutely not… Nasser Hussain nonetheless has nightmares about making that incorrect choice 20 years in the past.
However Australian greats Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer reckon it’s the best way to go right now, having considered a Gabba wicket that’s greener than any they’ve seen earlier than.
“It is extremely uncommon as a group enjoying right here to consider bowling first however whoever wins the toss will certainly bowl first,” Ponting stated on Channel 7 forward of the toss.
“Now there may be even somewhat extra cloud cowl which can make it more durable for the batters.”
Added Langer: “I’d very be stunned whichever captain wins the toss doesn’t bowl first. We are saying that however I’d be very, very tempted to bowl first on the greenest Check wicket ever.”
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Australian fast Mitchell Starc advised the primary session was more likely to be harmful, however poured a little bit of chilly water on the plan to bowl first.
“From all studies it’s been inexperienced to start out with however it will get higher,” Starc advised Seven.
“For those who get by means of the primary session as a batting unit, it will get higher, you possibly can money in.
“It doesn’t actually deteriorate, the forecast isn’t overly scorching. Likewise for those who get the balls in the appropriate areas it could definitely do a bit. Actually acquired that tinge however it’s fairly agency. You don’t learn into the color of it.”
10AM: PROTEAS PREDICT GABBA ‘GREEN MONSTER’ PAIN FOR AUSSIES
South Africa consider Australia has performed into their fingers as they plot a bang or bust mission on an eye-popping inexperienced prime on the Gabba.
The fiery Proteas will threat dropping to win by unleashing a four-pronged tempo assault on Australia and should even tempt cracking the Nasser Hussain curse and select to bowl first if given the possibility.
Australia are prepared for an onslaught and the likes of Marnus Labuschagne even practiced for the combat for survival on Friday, going through further bouncy indoor cricket balls designed to mimic the best way the South Africans would possibly slingshot them by means of within the anticipated first rematch since Sandpapergate.
For the Proteas’ 150km/h cartel, the Gabba has made them really feel they’re residence on the Kingsmead wicket at Durban, nicknamed ‘The Inexperienced mamba’ after the extremely venomous placing snake.
“It seems to be like this grass we’re standing on for the time being,” a delighted South African captain, Dean Elgar stated from the outfield.
“The inexperienced color doesn’t scare us. This is likely one of the wickets the place for those who get in you possibly can actually capitalise. However from a bowling perspective you realize there’s a size you really want to hit and you will get some wealthy rewards.
“The wicket does look somewhat pleasant for our bowling unit which is sweet. We come from South Africa the place the wickets are fairly inexperienced and juicy. From a private perspective, I don’t actually shrink back from that and I do know our batters don’t away from that both. It must be attention-grabbing. “
South Africa will play 5 specialist bowlers together with quicks Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje and 22-year-old left-arm destroyer, Marco Jansen.
Australia know the standard of a speedy left-armer, with Mitchell Starc solely 4 scalps away from 300 Check wickets, and have put further preparation into going through Jansen – who represents a serious level of distinction from any quick man they’ve confronted over current summers.
– BEN HORNE
GREEN SET TO LAUNCH AFTER SECRET INJURY BATTLE
Pat Cummins has revealed Cameron Inexperienced took minor hamstring soreness into the beginning of the Check summer time, however is now able to launch into prime gear in opposition to South Africa.
Inexperienced appeared barely out of sync with bat and ball in opposition to the West Indies.
The shortage of sport time he acquired on account of Australia’s dominance is a few trigger for concern heading right into a conflict in opposition to the heavy-duty Proteas, who possess the firepower to show the house aspect’s prime order.
However Cummins declared he’s set to make some extent of upping Inexperienced’s involvement as a go-to wicket-taking choice in opposition to South Africa to match the standard Australia expect to face, and the very fact the younger all-rounder now has extra miles in his legs.
“Someplace (at a floor like) right here I’ll in all probability rotate the bowlers round to get him a shot with a swinging ball,” Cummins stated.
“He bowled superbly right here final yr. He acquired the massive wicket of Joe Root (within the Ashes).
“Coming into the collection (in opposition to the Windies) he wasn’t below any restrictions however he’s nonetheless coming off a hamstring harm.
“We don’t actually need to burn him within the first couple of video games. So any overs he didn’t bowl within the first two Checks hopefully means he can bowl just a few extra right here.”
In Perth, Inexperienced bowled 23 overs to show the hamstring soreness picked up within the first ODI in opposition to England final month was extraordinarily minor.
However in Adelaide, he was solely required to bowl six first innings overs, and struggled for rhythm with the bat as properly, scoring 9 off 42 balls having been compelled to observe his teammates bat for 300 straight overs with no need to place the pads on himself.
The Australians are assured the Windies’ collection is simply one other essential a part of Inexperienced’s growth as a prodigy who’s studying his craft on the run at Check degree.
Inexperienced shapes as an enormous level of distinction on this collection, given South Africa are enjoying 5 bowlers and would not have an all-rounder to stability the line-up.
“He’s nice, he’s had actually good preparation like everybody else,” stated Cummins.
“Everyone seems to be so desirous to carry out which is the way you need everybody to be.
“Two Checks matches into the summer time and it looks like he’s hardly acquired a bat.
“He’s acquired an enormous position to play this collection, like he does each collection. We’ll in all probability get extra overs into him than the primary two Check matches as properly. He’ll be an enormous a part of the summer time.”