AUS vs SA: Brisbane Test Match: The first test match between South Africa and Australia finished in less than two days as the home team prevailed in the bowling friendly conditions of Brisbane.
Less than 150 overs were bowled in the entire match as bowlers dominated the match from both the sides. Travis Head was the only batsman who stood his ground and made the difference.
AUS vs SA Brisbane Test Match – Toss:
Australia had won the toss and chosen to bowl first in the bowling friendly conditions at Brisbane.
AUS vs SA Brisbane Test Match – Playing XI Teams:
Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
Pat Cummins (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland
AUS vs SA Brisbane Test Match – As it Happened:
South Africa’s got out for only 152 runs in the first innings against Australia:
Australia had asked South Africa to bat first in challenging batting conditions. The decisions turned out to be a smart one as Australia dismissed the South African Captain Dean Elgar at the score only 12. Elgar got out for 3 and South Africa lost their first wicket at 12.
Wickets kept on tumbling in the first hour of the test match as the variable bounce and pacy nature of the wicket caused troubles to the batters. South Africa were 27/4 after 11 overs. Temba Bavuma and Kyle Verreynne had a 98-run partnership that took South Africa to 125/4.
Bavuma got out for 38 and the domino effect started again. The proteas got all out for 152 runs. Verreynne was the top scorer with 64 runs.
Australia made 218 runs on the back of Travis Head’s 92 runs:
Australia had a similar start as they were reduced to 27/3. Travis Head and Steve Smith steadied the ship to take Australia to 144. Smith got out for 36 runs while Head continued to smash around in search of quick runs.
Australia got all out for 218 runs. Head top scored with 92, Smith made 36 while Carey scored 22 runs.
Rabada took 4 wickets for South Africa while Jansen had 3 scalps.
AUS vs SA Brisbane Test Match – South Africa dismissed for 99 runs:
In the second innings, Australian Captain Pat Cummins stood up to the occasion and picked up five wickets to bundle South Africa out for 99 runs.
Bavuma made 29 while Khaya Zondo top scored with 36 runs. Keshav Mahraj made 16 runs. Starc and Boland picked up two wickets each.
AUS vs SA Brisbane Test Match – Australia stutter but chase the target:
Australian Batsmen also found the conditions challenging as they lost 4 wickets in the chase of 34 runs. They made 35 runs to win the test match by 6 wickets. Out of those 35 runs, 19 runs came from wides.
Thus, Australian Batsmen made only 16 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Rabada picked all four Australian wickets.
AUS vs SA Brisbane Test Match – Man of the Match:
Travis Head was the man of the match for his 92 runs in the first innings.
AUS vs SA Brisbane Test Match – What is Test Match?
Test cricket is a form of first-class cricket played at international level between teams representing full member countries of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
A match consists of four innings (two per team) and is scheduled to last for up to five days. In the past, some Test matches had no time limit and were called Timeless Tests. The term “test match” was originally coined in 1861–62 but in a different context.
Test cricket did not become an officially recognised format until the 1890s, but many international matches since 1877 have been retrospectively awarded Test status. The first such match took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in March 1877 between teams which were then known as a Combined Australian XI and James Lillywhite’s XI, the latter a team of visiting English professionals.
Matches between Australia and England were first called “test matches” in 1892. The first definitive list of retrospective Tests was written by South Australian journalist Clarence P. Moody two years later and, by the end of the century, had gained acceptance.
There are now twelve full ICC member countries playing Test cricket. Day/night Tests were permitted by the ICC in 2012 and the first day/night match was between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in November 2015.