It was a day to forget for the Proteas on Sunday as they lost to Australia by six wickets on the second day of the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.
While the pitch can best be described as a "green mamba", the Proteas batters never gave their bowlers much to work with after they were skittled out for 152 and 99.
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With Australia chasing 34 to win, pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada produced an exceptional spell as he ended 4/13 in four overs as the home side went 1-0 up in the series.
Here's some of the best reaction on Twitter following South Africa's defeat:
With not much to work with, Rabada brought his A-game #AUSvSA— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2022
Came across this stat on fbKagiso Rabada has picked up 45 wickets @ 17.69 (31.0 SR) in last 8 away Test matches ????Unrelenting!! https://t.co/xJ8LhzOrdo— Himanshu (@himanshuuu_1) December 18, 2022
Proteas playing Eskom cricket. Stage 6, I’d say.— Brian Tilley (@tilleybrian) December 18, 2022
For the past 2-3 years, the Proteas have had a batting collapse in every series or world cup. It's either a horror collapse or our batsmen just don't turn up. I remember dismal batting performances vs Ire, SL, Pak, Ind, Eng, Ban & now Aus— Tasneem (@taz_rnf) December 18, 2022
#Proteas #sscricket #AUSvSA Not quite sure which is more embarrassing to SA cricket - The loss to Aus in under 2 days or the loss to Netherlands ??— RCI (@RCI1000) December 18, 2022
What’s wrong with the proteas?— Msuthusizwekhoza (@msuthukhoza) December 18, 2022
The Proteas batting Vs their bowling. #AUSvSApic.twitter.com/h70kENrZdX— J.P.K Makumbi (@Makumbi_) December 18, 2022
The proteas can’t be serious!??— Keeganjanehunt (@keedohunt) December 18, 2022
#AUSvSA pathetic performance by Proteas. Just as well this abject capitulation happened at night— Barney Mthombothi (@mthombothi) December 18, 2022
'Embarrassing' is trending in South Africa. I don't even need to check why, I can correctly guess that they're talking about the Proteas ??Except Kagiso 'KG' Rabada - he's out of this world! It's unbelievable how awesome he is in Test cricket ??????#AUSvSA— Yoh-lan-deh ???? (@Legit_Yolande) December 18, 2022
As useless as the proteas are, that squad selection was a disgrace. A three year old knows that you need more than 6 capable batsmen— DjumpingDjibril (@MGrobbs) December 18, 2022