#3 Australia against South Africa at Hobart – 10 wickets for 85 runs
If a team loses the opening Test match in a three-match series, the comeback endeavour becomes synonymous to fighting against the inevitable. Australia tasted defeat in the first Test against Proteas by 177 runs at the W.A.C.A. in Perth.
In their comeback bid, the Baggy Green were shot out for 85 runs in the first innings- their lowest total in Test cricket in the last 32 years. The Australian batting never got a measure of the Proteas bowling as Vernon Philander went through the Aussie line-up like a knife through hot butter. For Australia, skipper Steve Smith was the sole warrior who seemed to storm the South African pace-battery with 5 boundaries.
Nine out of eleven batsmen got out for single figures for Australia. In spite of rain halting play for some time, the Baggy Greens never recovered from the jolt and succumbed to an innings defeat. Even in the second innings, they capitulated from 2/129 to 10/161 after a hard fight by Warner, Khwaja and skipper Smith.
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