‘We didn’t get it right’

2014-11-15 00:00

SOUTH Africa showed plenty of rustiness as they slipped to a 32-run defeat in the first one-day international against Australia at the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground in Perth yesterday.

The Proteas could only muster 268 all out off 48.1 overs in reply to Australia’s 300-8, but dropped catches and inconsistent batting and bowling cost the tourists dear.

George Bailey top-scored for the hosts with 70, but he was dropped four times during his innings, twice before he reached double figures as South Africa allowed Australia to escape from a mid-innings collapse which saw them lose five wickets for 50 runs.

Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Morné Morkel were all rested for the recent T20 series against Australia with only De Villiers, with a superb 80 off 76 balls making much of a contribution during the match. SA skipper De Villiers pulled no punches when asked to evaluate his team’s performance after the game.

“We didn’t get it right in all three departments today. Poor fielding, our bowling was good at times but not consistent and the batting we lost too many wickets at the wrong time,” he said.

“We have been playing some consistent cricket lately so it was very disappointing, but we have tomorrow to look forward to now to try and get those mistakes right.”

Australia, after being asked to bat, raced to 94 without loss thanks to David Warner (46) and Aaron Finch (35).

However, the hosts slipped to 144-5 before Bailey and Mathew Wade added 92 runs for the sixth wicket.

South Africa’s old Achilles heel of “death” bowling returned to haunt them as they conceded 104 runs off the last 10 overs of the innings.

Vernon Philander, with 4-45, was the one Protea bowler to emerge with much credit and Kyle Abbott, who sat out the match after impressing with his death bowling skills during the T20 series, must come in to serious consideration for the second match of the series.

De Villiers would not be drawn on any team changes for the next match, at the same venue tomorrow.

One positive for South Africa was the 126-run fifth-wicket stand between De Villiers and David Miller (65) with De Villiers reaching 7 000 ODI runs during his knock and Miller notching up his 1 000th ODI run during his innings.

Morkel (22) and Imran Tahir (22)

also showed some spirit and fight as their 10th-wicket stand added 46 runs.

Australia suffered a blow early in the match when captain Michael Clarke suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury while batting.

Ominously for South Africa, stand-in captain Bailey said that his team could also improve. “I am reasonably happy with the way we bowled. I thought we were a little bit flat during the partnership that we got going, but a great start to the innings. Early wickets are really important,” he said.

AUSTRALIA

D Warner c McLaren b Philander 46

A Finch c de Kock b Philander 35

S Watson c Morkel b Tahir 13

M Clarke c de Kock b Steyn 11

G Bailey c du Plessis b Steyn 70

M Marsh b Philander 10

M Wade c sub b Philander 35

G Maxwell c du Plessis b M Morkel 29

M Johnson not out 13

N Coulter-Nile not out 9

Extras (b-1 lb-14 nb-1 w-13) 29

Total (for 8 wickets, 50 overs) 300

Fall of wickets: 1-94, 2-94, 3-112, 4-130, 5-144, 6-236, 7-256, 8-276

Did not bat: J Hazlewood

Bowling: Steyn 10-0-62-2, Philander 10-0-45-4, Morkel 10-1-56-1, McLaren 9-0-63-0, Tahir 10-0-54-1, Behardien 1-0-5-0

South Africa

H Amla c Wade b Johnson 8

Q de Kock c Wade b Johnson 2

F du Plessis c Marsh b Watson 31

F Behardien c Finch b Coulter-Nile 20

AB de Villiers run out 80

D Miller c Marsh b Coulter-Nile 65

R McLaren c Wade b Coulter-Nile 0

V Philander c Wade b Hazlewood 1

D Steyn c Wade b Coulter-Nile 6

M Morkel not out 22

I Tahir c Warner b Maxwell 22

Extras (b-1 lb-1 w-9) 11

Total (all out, 48.1 overs) 268

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-18, 3-53, 4-76, 5-202, 6-202, 7-207, 8-215, 9-222, 10-268

Bowling: Johnson 10-1-38-2, Hazlewood 10-0-50-1, Coulter-Nile 10-0-48-4, Marsh 7-0-50-0, Watson 6-0-48-1, Maxwell 5.1-0-32-1

Result: Australia won by 32 runs.

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