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At the stumps of Day 4 of the first Test at Perth, Steven Smith’s Australia are in a spot of bother while South Africa look all set to go 1-0 up. The visitors began the day from their overnight score 390/6 and scored 540/8 before declaring their innings with an overall lead of 538.
In reply, Australia were 169/4 at the end of the day.
Brief Scores: South Africa 242 (Quinton de Kock 84, Temba Bavuma 51, Mitchell Starc 4/71) & 540/8 decl. (JP Duminy 141, Dean Elgar 127, Peter Siddle 2/62)
Australia – 244 (David Warner 97, Shaun Marsh 63, Vernon Philander 4/56) & 169/4 (Usman Khawaja 58*, David Warner 35, Kagiso Rabada 3/49)
Here are some of the statistical highlights of Day 4 of the First Test:
- On Day 4, South Africa declared their second innings on 540/8. It was South Africa’s third highest Test innings total on the Australian soil and second highest Test innings total at Perth.
- Australia conceded 41 extras during South Africa’s second innings in this Test. It was the highest extras runs conceded by Australian bowlers against South Africa in a Test innings. The previous highest was 39-runs extras (at Durban in 1970).
- South Africa hit 64 fours during their second innings. It proved be the fourth highest no. of fours hitting in a Test innings on the Australian soil.
- A total of three Australian bowlers conceded over 100+ runs during South Africa’s second innings in this Test. Those Australian bowlers were: Mitchell Starc (1/114), Josh Hazlewood (2/107) and Nathan Lyon (0/146). It was the fifth time where three or more Australian bowlers conceded 100+ runs in the same innings of a Test match against South Africa on the Australian soil.
5. Australia need to score 539 runs to win this Test. Only once a team has been able to score 500+ runs in the 4th innings of a Test match. England had scored 654/5 in the fourth innings against South Africa at Durban in 1939, where England had to score 696 runs to win that Test. That Test ended in a draw.
However, the highest fourth innings Test total in a winning cause is 418/7 by West Indies against Australia at St. John’s in 2003.