Riding a wave of emotion provided by the jubilant crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Cameron Green claimed the best bowling figures of his Test career as Australia bowled out South Africa for 189 on the opening day of the second Test.
Pacer Green (5-27) fell five wickets for 10 runs in the late order to give excited fans something to cheer as the 23-year-old claimed his first five-wicket haul in Tests on Monday.
Leading the three-match series one-nil, Australia reached 45–1 at stumps before a crowd of 64,876.
David Warner was unbeaten on 32 and Marnus Labuschagne scored five to leave the home side 144 for nine, Usman Khawaja dismissed Kagiso Rabada for one.
Choosing to bowl first, Australia were on top shortly after lunch, with South Africa struggling at 67–5, before Kyle Verreynne (52) and Marco Jansen (59) put on 112 for the sixth wicket.
This was South Africa’s seventh consecutive Test total under 200.
“But I felt like today was probably the first time in the last couple of games that we’ve had more soft dismissals, and that’s probably the more disappointing thing,” Verein said.
Verreene said South Africa’s tailenders should not be blamed for the touring team’s lower-order collapse, losing five wickets for 10 runs.
“The conversation is based on the top six and making sure we have enough runs on the board,” he added.
“It’s more about just taking responsibility at the top.”
On a green pitch, South Africa’s batsmen put on a cautious 58 for the loss of Sarel Ervi (18) and Theunis de Bruyne (12) shortly before lunch.
Captain Dean Elgar (26) attempted a risky single mid-off in the last over before the interval and was run out by a direct hit from Marnus Labuschagne.
Mitchell Starc troubled the tourists at lunch when he had Temba Bavuma caught behind on the next ball.
In the fifth over after lunch, Khaya Zondo aimed a powerful drive to mid-off at five, where Labuschagne took a superb diving catch at 67-5 as Starc (2-39) took his second wicket of the innings. South Africa had lost four wickets for 11 runs.
Dropped at short leg on 22 and the leg-side boundary on 37, Jansen helped stabilize the South African innings, bringing up his maiden half-century with a lofted boundary at long-on after Starc had failed to hold on to a difficult catch. completed. Starc briefly went off the field for treatment of a middle finger.
Still “pinching himself” after Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians’ last week’s decision to pay more than $2 million at the auction for his services in 2023, all-rounder Green edged Vereyn to first slip at 179-6. Caught in
Green struck twice in his next over, dismissing Johnson for 59 and hitting Rabada for a four.
Striking again in his third consecutive over, Green made his way through Lungi Ngidi’s defense in the 69th over to end the innings.
Green, who claimed 4-10 from 28 balls in the south, said, “You can start really slow in the summer, and you think cricket is so tough, and then you have a few days like that, and it takes you brings back.” African innings.
“Plus, when you go through a high, cricket can bring you down really quick.”
Asked about last week’s life-changing IPL auction, Green said: “It probably hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s a very special feeling, and I’m sure I’ll remember it for a very long time.” ”
Apart from cheering Green off the ground, fans on Monday also paid tribute to Test cricket’s second leading wicket-taker Shane Warne, who died in March 2022 at the age of 52. The Great Southern Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was renamed the Shane Warne Stand on 31 March. ,
Fans were encouraged to wear floppy hats to honor the champion spin bowler. Warne reached the milestone of 700 wickets in December 2006 at his home ground in Melbourne.
Both teams wore white floppy hats as they walked off the field for the national anthem on Monday.
A large sign reading “Warney 350” was painted on the outfield to mark Warne’s Test-cap number. Play was briefly halted at 3.50 pm on Monday, following which fans and players applauded.
Australia’s Test Player of the Year trophy will be renamed the Shane Warne Men’s Test Player of the Year, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association announced on Monday.
Australia 1st innings: David Warner not out 32, Usman Khawaja c Kyle Verrein b Kagiso Rabada 1, Marnus Labuschagne not out
spare: 5lb, 2nb 0pen, 0w, total 7
Total: (12.0 overs) 45-1
Fall of wickets: 1-21 Khwaja
For batting: Smith, Head, Green, Carey, Cummins, Starc, Lyon, Boland