Australia wrap up first Test victory in South Africa


Five runs were added by the home side before Quinton de Kock was hit on the back pad and trapped leg before wicket by Josh Hazlewood as he tried to launch the ball over the boundary.

Australia was forced to wait for the one wicket it needs to confirm a commanding win over South Africa in the first test after a odd end to the fourth day on Sunday.

Day five had an nearly somber feel to it due to the practically absent crowd at 10am on a Monday morning and the emergence of a heated confrontation between de Kock and Australia vice-captain David Warner outside the players' dressing rooms at tea yesterday.

Smith was asked few questions about the cricket during his post-match news conference, however, after leaked video from a security camera outside the players' dressing rooms showed a confrontation between Australia's David Warner and de Kock as the on-field aggression that characterized the game spilled over.

In that fateful 80th over‚ Starc had Vernon Philander (six) caught behind and in the last two balls of the over‚ castled Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada for ducks with successive in-swinging yorkers.

Paine, who was full of praise for Markram's knock that no doubt created some nerves among the visitors, laughed that Warner's words clearly didn't work.

South Africa quickly stumbled to 49/4 as the Aussie pace trio of Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins ripped through their top order. "A lot of it is about managing individuals and getting them under control, and also the individuals themselves, just knowing the responsibility he has to the game with the way he plays it", said the 37-year-old, who led South Africa in a world record 109 Tests.

Tailender Morne Morkel held off for 27 deliveries, without scoring, to force play into the final day.

Australia have grabbed a 1-0 lead in their four-Test series against South Africa, with a hard-fought and at times bitter 118-run victory.

But umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Sundaram Ravi ruled the light wasn't good enough for the quicks to bowl after that and Starc had to watch as spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith bowled the last nine overs of the day.

"I think your umpires play a big role in that, to make sure that you don't let it get to that stage", South African captain Faf du Plessis said. But de Kock managed to see out the rest of the period until tea with Markram, to ensure the session was limited to one wicket.

At the start of South Africa's second innings, the prospect of winning or saving the Test seemed slim.

In the first innings, South Africa collapsed from 150 for 5 to 162 all out while in the second innings they went from 283 for 5 to 298 all out. After that, opener Aiden Markram (143) added 87 runs for the fifth-wicket with Theunis de Bruyn (36) and another 147 runs for the sixth-wicket with keeper Quinton de Kock (83).

"It's really satisfying to win the first Test match of this was clinical in the end and I'm proud of the way the boys played".

Given the surface at Durban, the Australian bowling and the daunting target, the best anybody could expect from the Proteas was another brilliant defensive display.