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Philander sizzles with the ball

Mitchell Starc offered Australia a lifeline with an inspired spell after a record low home total against South Africa on an opening day of carnage in the second Test in Hobart on Saturday.

Philander sizzles with the ball
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Vernon Philander

The left-arm pace spearhead put the brakes on the Proteas with three wickets in 10 balls post-tea after the Australians were skittled for 85 off 32.5 overs. 

The tourists reached 171 for five at stumps and pushed out their lead to 86. Temba Bavuma was unbeaten on 38 with Quinton de Kock on 28. 

Until Starc’s intervention South Africa had seized control of the first day with a total of 15 wickets tumbling for a combined 256 runs under cloudy skies. 

Vernon Philander powered the Proteas with five for 21 as Australia folded to their lowest total at home against South Africa to revive memories of recent catastrophic batting collapses. 

Steve Smith provided backbone with his unbeaten knock of 48 as the Australians failed to back up their talk of rebounding from their comprehensive 177run thrashing by the Proteas in the Perth series opener. 

The Hobart rout followed Australia’s first innings collapse of 10 for 86 in Perth.  

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