Australia all out for 85 in 2nd Test

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Australia were routed for 85 off 32.5 overs in their first innings after being sent into bat on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa in Hobart on Saturday.

Skipper Steve Smith remained unbeaten on 48 with Vernon Philander taking five for 21 for his 10th five-wicket haul or more in an innings.

It was Australia’s lowest total against South Africa in Australia, although they were skittled for 47 in Cape Town in 2011.

There were some memorable catches taken by South Africa to back up the efforts of their bowlers.

JP Duminy took a one-handed diving screamer in the gully to dismiss Mitchell Starc, while wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock leaped across slips to take a one-handed gloved effort to remove Nathan Lyon to end the Australian innings.

The Australians reached lunch at 43 for six after being sent in to bat on a juicy strip with skipper Steve Smith fighting a lone hand on 20 and Test newcomer Joe Mennie on 10.

Australia just managed to scrape past their lowest-ever first innings total of 42 in a home Test made against England in 1888.

Vernon Philander was South Africa’s destroyer with the figures of three for three before he was forced from the field with a shoulder injury after a mid-pitch collision with Smith while making a leg before wicket appeal.

Australia began disastrously with David Warner guilty of needlessly chasing a wide ball and edging to a jubilant Quinton de Kock in Philander’s opening over.

It was an irresponsible shot from the Australian vice-captain and things only got worse in Kyle Abbott’s following over when recalled Joe Burns was trapped leg before wicket.

The home side had lost both openers for just two runs as Usman Khawaja and skipper Steve Smith came together on a perilous pitch.

Khawaja lasted until the ninth over until he edged Philander to Hashim Amla at slip for four and Adam Voges was out next ball, caught behind by de Kock, with Callum Ferguson facing a hat-trick ball in his first Test at eight for four.

Smith survived a Decision Review System (DRS) appeal for lbw after he collided with a back-pedalling Philander as he scurried off for a single.

Philander was forced to leave the field for shoulder treatment but in the next over Ferguson was brilliantly run out for three by a direct throw by fielding substitute Dane Vilas while going for a second run.

Wicketkeeper Peter Nevill was the sixth wicket to fall after a DRS review of a lbw appeal off Kagiso Rabada with nothing going Australia’s way.

The Australians are looking to fight back from a comprehensive 177-run loss to the Proteas in the series opener in Perth with the team coming under heavy criticism over their capitulation.

The Proteas are on the verge of emulating the intimidating West Indies teams of the 1980s-1990s with three straight series wins in Australia after their convincing victory in Perth.

The South Africans earlier named Kyle Abbott in their only change in the absence of injured strike bowler Dale Steyn.

Australia dropped all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and gave Test debuts to batsman Ferguson at No.6 and paceman Mennie, while Burns replaced injured opener Shaun Marsh.

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