South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test – South Africa won by 6 wkts

AUS 243, 239
RSA 382, 102/4 (22.5 Ovs)

South Africa won by 6 wkts

Kagiso Rabada

Faf: “Serious character. My mind goes back to Dean and Hashim’s partnership where it was tough, the ball was reversing and if you have got a player like AB de Villiers in your side, you can then transfer that pressure back onto the opposition. Pretty much for us the whole four days we have played, we have been in a position of strength. The first hour was brilliant – we bowled really well on day 1, but then went to the beach for 45 minutes or an hour or so but came back again brilliantly. Absolute champion of a bowler Kagiso Rabada, really proud of him. They were in a different level this game [KG and AB]. AB looked like he was batting on a different wicket to all the other batters. Really good to see him in top form again, really really hungry. Looking forward to him playing a huge part in the upcoming games. As I said before this game, there are two bowlers – Starc and Rabada who would get excessive reverse swing, exceptional bowlers. As a bowling unit we went for 2.8rpo, we knew if we keep this Australian batting quiet – that’s half the battle. It’s disappointing for the series. We would want the best players to play in the series, we will still challenge that to make sure he [Rabada] can still play a part in the series. Couple of days to get away from the game a little mind. Refresh our mind – 10 days of tough Test cricket, back to back. We will come back and practice hard and look forward to the next Test match.”
Rabada: “I’m glad. Put in the preparation and things happened for me in this Test match. Always nice bowling with a hard new rock. No, I don’t think so. I will stick to being nightwatchman. One to David Warner was quite special [on the dismissal he enjoyed the most]. Australia were never going to give in easily, they are not gonna roll over so had to go into the reserve tank and do your best. I could’ve bowled one or two more spells today but it was tough work.”

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Smith: “They outplayed us in every aspect of the game. AB was unbelievable and probably a big difference between the sides with his hundred in the first innings. We weren’t too far away though. Probably 75 runs in the first innings and 50 in the second, might have been a different ball-game but we were certainly outplayed. Could’ve gone either way, it was a tough decision (at the toss) but we battled through the tough period. When the ball started reversing, we let ourselves down, Rabada bowled exceptionally well and opened our middle-order up in both innings. Unfortunately a target of 100 was a little bit too short. Yesterday morning was a tough one, we were hoping to get the three wickets quickly and maybe them have a lead of around 50-odd, that’s when the game got away from us. A lead of 140 was a lot. Got AB out conventionally for the first time this series which is nice. Gives someone like Gazza [Lyon] a bit of confidence. 1-1 at the halfway point – makes for an exciting rest of the series. We’ve got a bit of break – three or four full days off for the boys to do what they like. Couple of days of good training, Cape Town is a tremendous city and we are excited to get there for the Test match.”

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