JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — FEBRUARY 22: Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates after dismissing Senuran Muthusamy of South Africa during day 1 of the Tour match between South Africa A and Australia at Sahara Park Willowmoore on February 22, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — FEBRUARY 22: Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates after dismissing Senuran Muthusamy of South Africa during day 1 of the Tour match between South Africa A and Australia at Sahara Park Willowmoore on February 22, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Quicks dominate in Australia tour opener

AUSTRALIA'S pace attack have continued from where they left off in the Ashes, ripping through the South Africa A batting line-up in their opening tour match in Benoni.

In their only warm-up match ahead of the first of four Test matches against South Africa, starting in Durban on March 1, the tourists bowled out South Africa A for 220 and were 3-87 at stumps in reply.

Pat Cummins (4-32) and Josh Hazlewood (3-40) were the pick of the bowlers as the hosts were dismissed inside 59 overs.

Cummins made an early breakthrough when he dismissed in-form opening batsman Pieter Malan for eight but Zubayr Hamza and, probable Test squad member, Theunis de Bruyn put on 82 and took South Africa A to 1-107 before Hazlewood claimed the wicket of De Bruyn for 46 with what proved the last ball before lunch.

Hazlewood again impressed with the ball. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Hazlewood again impressed with the ball. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Hazlewood followed up after the interval by taking the wickets of Hamza (44) and home captain Khaya Zondo for just three.

Mitch Marsh (2-50) and Mitchell Starc (1-37) took the other wickets for Steve Smith's side.

 

A strong Australia side, missing only David Warner, struggled in their early response with Usman Khawaja mistiming a pull shot off Duane Olivier to be caught by Zondo for 22.

He was quickly joined back in the pavilion by Peter Handscomb, who departed for no score after driving straight to point to hand Olivier his second wicket and leave the visitors teetering at 2-30.

Cameron Bancroft was unbeaten on the opening day.
Cameron Bancroft was unbeaten on the opening day.

Skipper Smith looked in imperious touch, unleashing a flurry of boundaries and a six before being surprised by a quicker delivery from Malusi Siboto and edging behind for a breezy 23 off 24 balls.

But Cameron Bancroft, the least successful of Australia's top order in the recent Ashes series against England, batted through to the close to be unbeaten on 24, scored off 72 balls.

Shaun Marsh (10) was the other not-out batsman.

South Africa A 220 (T. de Bruyn 46, Zubayr Hamza 44, S. Muthusamy 36; P. Cummins 4-32, J. Hazlewood 3-40, M. Marsh 2-50) Australia 3/87 (D. Olivier 2-23).


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