result
1st Test, Durban, Mar 1 - 5 2018, Australia tour of South Africa
351 & 227
(target 417)162 & 298
Australia won by 118 runs
Player Of The Match
35, 5/34 & 4/75
mitchell-starc

10.45am: Right, that wraps up a pretty decent first Test - a morsel of what's to come. Australia were the better side but, the way South Africa came back at them, they'll know they're in a battle for the rest of the series. I'll leave you with Brydon Coverdale's report on the last knockings, we'll be back for more later in the week. Thanks for joining us, cheerio!

10.30am: Time for the presentations, starting with South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: [Always behind on first innings?] "Spot on, they posted 50 runs too many, that's credit to the way they batted, their tail added vital runs. Both team were around 150-160 for 5. Our first innings total was always under par, that's the batters responsibility, not enough partnerships. To lose by 100-odd runs, we know we didn't have enough in the first innings. [Fightback?] First of all with the ball, we were really good, to restrict them to 220, then with the bat, Markram was really special. Really proud of our fight but not quite good enough to live with Australia. [Port Elizabeth next] The character of this team means we'll never go down without a fight."

Mitchell Starc is Man of the Match for his nine wickets (plus some biffing with the bat): "It's nice to put a few in the right spot. Little bit of work to do with the new ball, getting early wickets. Winning a Test match, I'll take that for the group. [Changing wrist position between orthodox and reverse swing?] I don't find it too difficult, probably more natural when it's reversing, it's a good habit to have. [Batting?] Probably got stuck in two minds during the home innings, but nice to get some runs, always encouraging for the tail to add to the total. [Bowl spin in bad light?] I didn't want to ... the skipper might have been trying to jag one himself. Just special to win a Test match."

Australia captain Steven Smith: "Yeah, nice way to start, especially against a top-quality opposition. Really pleased with the way the boys played, Mitch Marsh coming in with 96, the way the tail contributed, that was obviously the difference in the end. A really good game of cricket. I think winning the toss and batting was ideal. Reverse swing played a part through the game. It was a hard-fought Test match, yesterday was a great day of Test cricket, Aiden Markram played exceptionally well, but when Mitch Marsh broke that partnership it got a bit easier. Our practice in the game before this Test was spot on and its pleasing to play as we have. There's not doubt SA will come out hard against at Port Elizabeth and we'll be up for the fight again."

10.20am: Australia go 1-0 up in the four-match series - not bad for 20 minutes work. The wicket that eluded them last night was never likely to keep the tourists waiting for too long today. De Kock played extremely well, to the extent that when he and Markram were batting during the evening session on Sunday, it was possible to imagine the scales shifting - but really, having conceded a 189-run deficit on first innings, they were always hoping for miracles. Still, it was important they showed some fight, with the teams meeting again in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

92.4
W
Hazlewood to de Kock, OUT

reversing in, smack on the back pad - given! Hazlewood has done it, de Kock looks guilty although he belatedly asks for the review, which pretty much tells the story. Thought there might have been an inside edge, but no, it beat the bat as de Kock drove, would have hit leg stump. So Australia wrap up a 118-run win, finishing the innings off without drama on the final morning

Quinton de Kock lbw b Hazlewood 83 (218m 149b 11x4 0x6) SR: 55.7
92.3
3
Hazlewood to Morkel, 3 runs

full, Morkel slashes a thick outside edge through gully and they pick up three - he's off the mark!

92.2
Hazlewood to Morkel, no run

round the wicket, pitched up and Morkel goes for an airy swish, fails to connect

92.1
1
Hazlewood to de Kock, 1 run

length outside off and de Kock pops it in the air through point, this time they do take the single

More news from this feisty old Test: Nathan Lyon has been charged by the ICC for his conduct during the AB de Villiers run-out on day four

end of over 921 run
SA: 294/9CRR: 3.19 
Morne Morkel0 (36)
Quinton de Kock82 (147)
Mitchell Starc 18-2-75-4
Josh Hazlewood 15-2-57-2

Morkel has now dead-batted six overs on his own, still without a run... Not even halfway to Geoff Allott's Test record, though

91.6
Starc to Morkel, no run

fired in straight, clipped square on the leg side off the inside edge - but they won't run

91.5
Starc to Morkel, no run

hello, there's the Starc boomerang, curving with a dangerous beauty out of the hand but it started wide and bent back towards Paine allowing Morkel to leave

91.4
Starc to Morkel, no run

full, 144kph/89mph in the channel but not coming back enough, Morkel leaves it alone

So, Starc to Morkel. The match-up denied to us last night because of the light

91.3
1
Starc to de Kock, 1 run

full, 141kph outside off, de Kock drives wide of long-off, sets off this time - possibly wanting two but they won't get it

91.2
Starc to de Kock, no run

angled in with the arm, whipped off the pads but again de Kock realises he won't get back for two so doesn't take one

91.1
Starc to de Kock, no run

angled in on a length, 138kph and de Kock gets a big leading edge that balloons over midwicket, bounces out towards the sweeper... but he declines the run

end of over 91Maiden
SA: 293/9CRR: 3.21 
Morne Morkel0 (33)
Quinton de Kock81 (144)
Josh Hazlewood 15-2-57-2
Mitchell Starc 17-2-74-4
90.6
Hazlewood to Morkel, no run

length ball, aiming for the top of off, Morne drives comfortably to mid-off and sees out the over. Only 88 more to go

Short leg in now

90.5
Hazlewood to Morkel, no run

dug in short and Morkel starts to follow it but then does well to drop the hands

90.4
Hazlewood to Morkel, no run

pitched up and Morkel gets those giraffe limbs moving to push into the covers again

90.3
Hazlewood to Morkel, no run

short ball, heading down the leg side as he flicks at it and misses

Here's Andy C: "On average Morne lasts 18 balls per Test innings so with 27 under the belt to date it's fair to say SA are on borrowed time. But you never know...come on Morne!"

90.2
Hazlewood to Morkel, no run

on a length, goes straighter and Morkel plays correctly towards mid-on

90.1
Hazlewood to Morkel, no run

full, 141kph outside off, tapped into the covers

Josh Hazlewood starts up from the Umgeni End... Australia still haven't taken the new ball

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