Australia opt for Peter Siddle in first South Africa Test

Peter Siddle training in Perth

Compounding South Africa's misfortunate, they unsuccessfully reviewed a confident LBW shout from Vernon Philander when Warner was on 17.

Australia: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

"I think the guys who are on their first test tour of Australia are coming here with a good feeling because the other guys who have come here before have done well", the 33-year-old said.

Australia captain Steve Smith is relishing the opportunity to prove South Africa's "snake" theory wrong in the opening Test against the Proteas.

In the next over, Steyn delivered a 150.7km/h thunderbolt with Warner mis-timing a pull shot over the wicketkeeper's head, and followed up with an ugly slash outside off stump which flew over the slips.

Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc triggered the top order batting when he dismissed South African opener Stephen Cook for a duck on the fourth ball of the match. The Australians kept chipping away with wickets, and had South Africa reeling at 81 for 5 with their captain du Plessis being dismissed for 74-ball 37.

Having opened in all but three of his 69 ODIs for the Proteas, de Kock has already notched 11 centuries and averages 44 as a one-day opener.

That reduced the tourists to 5-2 and it could have been worse had Usman Khawaja held on to a hard low catch at forward square leg to dismiss Elgar off Starc. Warner's innings was studded with strokes which were both confident and risky, but at the same time, South African bowlers failed to beat the bat on a regular basis.

"I'll be trying to bowl as fast as I can", Starc said. At the end of the day, Marsh was 29 not out off 67 balls with 3 boundaries.

The comments sparked lively dialogue from both sides about the part which verbal intimidation will play in the three-test series which starts Thursday in Perth. Australia have all 10 wickets intact, and with 137 runs in deficit, they will aim to bat long and take a significant lead in the first innings.

Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma scored battling half centuries for South Africa after they were reduced to 32-4 but there was no doubt the standout performers on the first day of the Australian cricketing summer were wearing baggy green caps.



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