The second test between hosts Australia and South Africa saw the visitor’s notch up yet another formidable performance with the ball to seal the series by an innings and 80 runs. Australian cricket has surely hit rock bottom after the series defeat as batting lineup barring David Warner and Steven Smith have been woeful. The Achilles Heel i.e. batting for Australia has been exposed in this series against potent swing and seam bowling produced by South African attack composed of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott.
Australia did start the fourth day of second test at Hobart to put up a better show with the ball in order to run South Africa close in the game. But the fall of Usman Khuwaja early in the day saw the hosts crumbling to get bundled out for 161 runs. Australian Captain Steven Smith could see the fall of wickets at the other end as South Africa went one step closer to clinch their third series win in Australia in last ten years. Kyle Abbott came into the game as a replacement for injured Dale Steyn and produced incisive spells of fast bowling to take home man of the match award for the game. He took his opportunity to place in the game with both hands and was immaculate with line and lengths throughout the game.
Australia were always playing catch-up after being bowled out for 85 runs on the first day as the visitors did put up better show with a bat to score 326 runs. Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma led the way after South Africa were in big trouble at 76 for 4 as Starc made inroads into the batting lineup. The second innings for Australia was similar story as they lost eight wickets for 82 runs to end up the losing the series 2-0 to South Africa. The next game will be day night fixture at Adelaide as hosts will desperate to avoid a whitewash at home.
Steven Smith has plenty of worry at his disposal at the moment as batting woes are becoming endless and calls of selecting new batsmen for the next game is now evident. The likes of Voges and Burns might face the axe while there could be more changes to end this rot that see Australia on a losing streak of five test matches since the beginning of series in Srilanka.