Rabada in trouble again after Proteas lose against Australia

Rabada in trouble again after Proteas lose against Australia

But du Plessis says he's happy to take advantage of a depleted Australian lineup with some of their best players on the sidelines.

Their form slump had been characterised by batting collapses and they again struggled to compile a big total with some tight South African bowling putting them back in the pavilion for 231. "Obviously that was really tough work and that's exactly what it's felt like for the last couple of weeks, last couple of months", Stoinis said. "I don't believe that score was worth winning, we let ourselves down". "I think everyone in their camp would just like to start afresh now and make sure they can focus on the cricket".

But with Mitchell Starc returning to new-ball duties after a short-lived experiment with Nathan Coulter-Nile in Perth backfired, the attack did its job.

He and Finch knocked up a 50 partnership before Marsh, on 22, got a thick edge off Rabada and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock easily took the catch.

Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and Dwaine Pretorius were all guilty of gifting their wickets to the Australians, three of them with poor shots, and in Markram's case, another bad piece of running which saw him short of his ground after he'd made 19.

Australian captain Aaron Finch rotated his bowlers and found success through Marcus Stoinis (3-35) and Josh Hazlewood (2-42), while Adam Zampa also provided relief without managing a wicket for himself.

And when Heinrich Klassen fell to Stoinis to leave the Proteas on 68-4 the crowd finally came alive, sensing the miserable run could be over.

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Miller and captain Faf du Plessis then gave the innings some impetus with their 74-run partnership, but when Du Plessis fell for 47, the Proteas innings went pear-shaped and failed to gather any momentum to be eventually restricted to 224.

That soon became 8 for 187 when Stoinis trapped Miller in front for 51, a review overturning Umpire Michael Gough's original not out decision.

Lungi Ngidi struck first blood with Travis Head's wicket after which skipper Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh got the home team back into the match with a stand of 54 runs.

Finch did neither one thing nor the other, and chopped a delivery from Pretorius on to his stumps after scoring 41.

Having been hit for a six and three fours off the first four balls of the 27th over‚ Rabada had a hooking Lynn caught behind off his gloves.

With wickets falling cheaply as South Africa tightened the screws, Alex Carey worked hard to keep the scoreboard ticking over before becoming Rabada's third victim on 47.