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South Africa v Australia 2nd Test Match Preview and Predictions - Aussies to take 2-0 lead?

Rippa Staff 7 Mar 2018
  • South Africa have won 12 and lost 11 of the 28 Tests they played in Port Elizabeth , drawing the other five. 
  • They are unbeaten in their last five matches in Port Elizabeth (W4, D1) with their last loss coming against West Indies in 2007.
  • Australia have played six matches here, winning three and losing three.

Australia take a 1-0 lead into the second Test against South Africa at the St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth from Friday, March 9.

It took a good three days for South Africa to turn up, but when they did, they gave a stiff fight to Australia in Durban. If the hosts took the brownie points for showing a fight in the second innings, it was the visitors who ran away with the match. It didn’t help matters either that the two sides squared up to each other with verbal volleys both on and off the pitch.

Does that change the things? Will it make the contest spicier? Whatever it is, the battle lines are drawn and the two sides will try to get the best out of each other. 

Match Preview


South Africa will be disappointed with their performance in the first Test, especially with what they did in the first innings. To let Australia’s lower-order get away out of jail and score 351 was a cause of concern. A bigger worry, of course, is the way they crumbled to a score of 162.

The fight came in the second innings, both with the bat and the ball, although it was too little too late. Aiden Markram (143) showed why he is rated so high, by withstanding a barrage of top-quality bowling under intense pressure. He had support from Quinton de Kock (83), but the winning margin of 118-runs was a stark reminder of the gulf between the sides.

Keshav Maharaj (5/123 and 4/102) performed admirably on a pitch that suited his style. For the Aussies, Mitchell Marsh (96) was the difference between a first innings score of 250 and 350. With the ball, it was Mitchell Starc (5/34 and 4/75) who made sure that the Proteas were never settled at the crease.

Can the hosts extrapolate their second-innings grit and make it big in the second Test? It is fair to hope, but the fact that they remain far behind in executing their plans is a concern to be addressed sooner than later.

Player Watch


Dean Elgar adds a lot of steel to the Proteas side at the top of the order, which was missing in Durban. Port Elizabeth should give fond memories to the plucky left-hander who averages more than 75 in five Tests here. Can he turn up in the series?

Starc was virtually unplayable in Durban, as his swing both with the new and the old ball bamboozled the Proteas. The lower-order was left clueless while the top-order too was all at sea. He looked hungry in Durban and if he continues that, Port Elizabeth may run the same story for the hosts.

Stats


  • South Africa have won 12 and lost 11 of the 28 Tests they played, drawing the other five. 
  • They are unbeaten in their last five matches in Port Elizabeth (W4, D1) with their last loss coming against West Indies in 2007.
  • Australia have played six matches here, winning three and losing three. However, the visitors have just one win in their last four matches.

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South Africa v Australia 2nd Test Match Preview and Predictions - Aussies to take 2-0 lead?

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