Cameron Green rips through South Africa as Australia takes control at the MCG

Three million dollars, five wickets, zero trouble. This was the week for Cameron Green, after the big all-rounder followed his success in the Indian Premier League auction by compiling a 5-27 in the Boxing Day Test in front of over 64,000 people. His contribution saw South Africa out for 189 after Australia’s captain Patrick Cummins sent them back to bat, confident of applying pressure to a team that had now gone seven runs short of reaching 200. In reply, Australia moved to 45-1 before stumps.

Both 152 and 99 to start the series in Brisbane, the South Africans made just one change, seeing all-rounder Theonis De Bruyne playing at number three in place of Rasi van der Dusen. Unchanged in Australia, Scott Boland was given the chance to repeat his heroics on Boxing Day last year after Josh Hazlewood told medical staff he was not entirely confident of his recovery from a side strain.

On a relatively cool morning with some cloud about, Cummins was happy to stand first on the theory that if a wicket were to offer any bounce or movement it would probably be on the first day. In the end, the play worked out perfectly, dismissing South Africans late in the day and ensuring that the visitors got going on the second day with the forecast pointing at 37 degrees.

Things started well for the South Africans, at least compared to the Brisbane debacle, as Dean Elgar and Saril Iroe were both over the top 10 and Elgar survived what should have been a comeback back at Cummins. Boland was the predictable change agent, beating Erwee with a perfect volley before having him edge a wider ball to slip. Moments later he drilled a ball across Elgar which rolled into the stumps but did not dislodge the bail.

Dean Elgar sealed his fate by hitting it straight into Marnus Labuschagne before taking off. Photo: Bradley Canaris/Getty Images

The score was 56 for a reasonable one in the 20th over, and then South Africa struck themselves when De Bruyne played a pulling catch on a ball that was too full and just outside the off stump. He went up in the air to the wicket-taker. Elgar achieved the distinguished distinction of becoming the third player to make 5,000 Test runs without ever being run out, then immediately ran to the outside, hit straight to Labuschagne at the cap and took off. Temba Bavuma hit Stark behind him on the next ball, lost by the scrambling seam and some movement off the field. At a glance it was 58-4, and it wasn’t lunch yet.

That became 67-5 when Khaya Zondo Starc hit Labuschagne’s diving catch for cover, and repairs fell to all-rounder bowler Marco Jansen and wicketkeeper Kyle Verreyne. He batted carefully before getting wide, each of them making half-centuries and batting well after the tea break. Jansen hits hard at No. 7, looking suspicious in defense and being held back by a tough chance for Starc and a slight chance for Usman Khawaja, but at times he was good in offense, driving quick shots and taking Nathan Lyon’s lead role. and sweep. Verreyne hit the bounds of the box on his excellent follow-up 64 from Brisbane.

It was Green who stepped in, drawing edges from Verreyne for 52 and Jansen for 59 in three balls, then bowled Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi to score his first five-wicket haul in his fledgling but increasingly formidable Test career. Lyon had rival spinner Keshav Maharaj caught bats, and the tail went all for single figures. The first five wickets fell for 67 runs, while the last five fell for 10, with a familiar story of just one partnership in the middle: a vital 112 runs. The score was 189, far less than South Africa needed and more than they had hoped. at some points.

Khawaja completed a bad day by pushing forward at Rabada to take Viren to one run, but David Warner brushed aside any concerns about his recent returns and interest around his 100th Test match made 32, catching Rabada’s short ball. Pull shot and push big Enrich Norte to the fence. It will resume on Tuesday with Labuschagne in fifth, heat rising, and Australia again up.

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