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February 16, 2014

On a roll Australia 7/5 for second Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia are riding the crest of a pretty large wave at the moment and surfing with the most style has been Mitchell Johnson. He will bring another tsunami of pace at the South Africans in the second Test in Port Elizabeth and Australia can be backed at 7/5 for a seventh consecutive Test victory.

In the opening defeat in Centurion, there was nothing to suggest South Africa can live with Johnson's menacing deliveries and, like England in the Ashes, they could be scarred by the experience. Provided the Australian batsman produce a 300-plus total - and their form suggests they are more than capable - Johnson will have plenty of runs behind him to unleash once again.

The only positive for South Africa was the form of Dale Steyn in the first innings, he was economical and picked up four wickets. But you can't back the hosts at 7/4 with any confidence that their batting can turn things around in the second Test. Side with the Aussies again.

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