Mitchell Starc went off to a great picking up two quick wickets plus one from Marcus Stoinis.
These two nearly cleared out the South African batting order on 3-55 in 15 overs.
But all of a sudden this positive start turned into a very exhausting finish.
Well, the change of tactics with spin didn’t work.
Secondly, too many short balls and full tosses flying over the place.
Not targeting the off-stump shows that their bowlers aren’t attacking aggressively.
In return, they gave David Miller & Faf Du Plessis a free ride.
These two looked very comfortable whacking cross-bat shots which justified a few things:
Their 200 plus run partnership
A hundred for each
Helped South Africa reach 300
The short-ball play may have partially worked.
But next time, they would benefit from bowling yorkers and finding the straight line & length.
That way, the free ride would be the bowler, not the batsmen.
Well, the Chris Lynn experiment in the opening spot backfired.
Lynn hit the outside the edge of the bat while trying to drive purely a wrong thing to do.
Hence, it knicked straight to Quinton De Kock’s gloves for the catch.
Aaron Finch & Travis Head did fire off some handy runs before they both couldn’t find the rope.
They hesitated with minimal footwork, hard hands, and no balance.
Even when jumping so they reach out & execute the shot.
Again, they either should’ve left it or presenting the full face of the bat.
Marcus Stoinis and Shaun Marsh did well to form a 100-run partnership.
They both focus on quick singles which is a great start, then follow up with a few big hits.
It gave them rewards where Stoinis gets his 50 before S.Marsh earned his 100.
But again, they should’ve stayed a bit longer having flicked to the man at point and mid-on with the catch.
Alex Carey did well too with runs on the board.
He scored fast as one’s better than zero before Carey just gave himself too much room.
Either not perfect or perfect with the footwork, he reached out for the cut shot which ended his time in the middle.
Glenn Maxwell tried to save Australia and hijack South Africa’s celebrations.
Unfortunately, he failed to find the gap in Reeza Hendricks at deep.
And with the tail pair of Adam Zampa & Mitchell Starc in the middle, Kagiso Rabada effectively ended their short stay giving Australia another heavy defeat in Hobart.
The last time Australia experienced heartache in this venue was back on 24 February 2012 when Sri Lanka won by three wickets.
They also lost back to back bilateral ODI Series at home when England won 4-1 back in January this year.
And five straight if you look at their ODI performances on both home and away:
- New Zealand (A), January-February 2017
- India (A), September-October 2017
- England (H), January 2018
- England (A), June 2018
- South Africa (H), November 2018
Australia wrapped up 2018 with only two wins at Adelaide Oval:
- 4th ODI v England, 26 January
- 2nd ODI v South Africa, 9 November
Plus eleven losses out of 13 One-Day meetings where they held:
- The fewest ODI wins in a calendar year since 1978
- Its worst ODI win in a calendar year of 15% and any percentage of out of any country this year.
If Australia needs a fresh start going into 2019, they will face off India for three One-Day meetings in Mid January:
- Saturday, 12 January at Sydney Cricket Ground
- Tuesday, 15 January at Adelaide Oval
- Friday, 18 January at Melbourne Cricket Ground
For now, things look rocky with plenty of problems to address by Cricket Australia.