South Africa vs Australia 1st Test Day 1 Highlights – Mar 1, 2018,AUS v SA highlights today – First test day one from Kingsmead, Durban (South Africa) Thursday 1st March 2018. In 2003 the home team South Africa posted the highest total of the Kingsmead, Durban venue against West Indies, which was 658/9d and its still highest total of the ground. Australia highest total of the ground is 455 scored in 1936 against the home team. Australia scored 95 runs in the first session with three wickets down, VD Philander took two wickets and K Rabada took one. Opener of the team CT Bancroft scored just 5 runs off 20 balls and out, DA Warner scored 51 runs off 79 runs, he smashed six 4s in his innings when his wicket dismissed then it was 26.6 gottim! Philander strikes, Warner fending a lifter to second slip! A punch in the gut for Australia, just as they were preparing to sit down for their vittles… 95/3. UT Khawaja contributed 14 runs and gone. SPD Smith (c) 24 not out.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
South Africa team/playing XI
D Elgar, AK Markram, HM Amla, AB de Villiers, F du Plessis (c), Q de Kock †, TB de Bruyn, VD Philander, KA Maharaj, K Rabada, M Morkel.
Australia team/playing XI
CT Bancroft, DA Warner, UT Khawaja, SPD Smith (c), SE Marsh, MR Marsh, TD Paine †, MA Starc, PJ Cummins, JR Hazlewood, NM Lyon.
Highlights will be available after end of the play.
Match Timings: 10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Steven Smith won the toss and Australia will bat first in the opening Test of the series against South Africa in Durban. South Africa opted for a seventh batsman, with Theunis de Bruyn included for the fourth Test of his career. Captain Faf du Plessis said the nature of the Kingsmead surface meant that spin would play a role, which opened up space in the line-up for the extra batsman. “Kesh [Maharaj] is a guy that can bowl lots and lots and lots of overs, so he takes that workload that an extra bowler would, and then your seamers operate from the other side,” du Plessis said. “We just felt, especially against this Australian bowling line-up, we’re going to need a nice solid batting line-up against them.” Australia named their team on the eve of the match and there were no late surprises, with no changes from the XI that defeated England in the final Test of the Ashes in Sydney in January.
Australia tour of South Africa 1st Test Highlights
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpires – Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Allahudien Paleker
Match number – Test no. 2297