So Australia now lead the series 1-0 and will look to seal it in the next Test. But will South Africa allow them to do so? Or will Johnson inspire his team to yet another series win? Join us for the second Test starting on 20th of February 2014. That's it from all of us today, it's goodbye and take care!
Mitchell Johnson is adjudged the Man of the Match for his heroic bowling performance. Starts off saying that the game was set up by their batsmen. They continued to bowl well as a team. Confesses that he was nervous but pumped up coming in to face the number one team. Continues he had never played here, so he was excited. Says he knows his role, is that of an intimidator. Adds that the bowling does take a toll on his body after 30. Continues stating, anytime you take wickets against top players at their home is always special. Adds it's a long series and hopes he continues his good form in the next two Tests.
Michael Clarke - Says that winning is always a great start. Credits the team for putting up a good performance. Says that Doolan played a good knock in the second innings. Credits Johnson for his bowling, saying he is at the top of his game. The execution was perfect from him. Confesses their fielding has been outstanding and it's nice to see the hard work paying off. Says that he now doesn't worry about selection, not being a selector now. Adds they will enjoy today but they know they have a tough Test coming up.
Graeme Smith - Starts off saying that it is disappointing to be outplayed. Credits Clarke for the win, adds they did not have the best of four days and will look to work hard and comeback well. Continues, saying that Johnson bowled really well with intensity. Takes the blame and confesses they have to work hard and change things around. Credits de Villiers for his good knock. Says that they need to focus on the next Test as they allowed Australia to dominate which is not usual for them.
Johnson yet again bowled with venom picking up his 12th Test five-wicket haul ending with career best figures of 12/127. They bowled out the home side for just 200 as de Villiers was again the lone man standing for them. Siddle and Harris chipped in with two wickets each to ensure that they won the Test with a day to spare. Stay tuned for the details of the presentation.
Australia then, in their reply built on their lead of 191 runs with a brilliant ton from Warner. Doolan too played well for his 89 before both of them were dismissed late on day 3. Clarke and Marsh added a few quick runs but Clarke declared as soon as Marsh got out earlier today setting a target of 482 runs for the home side.
After losing the toss, Australia were not off to the best of starts, losing their top order for just 98 runs. But Marsh and Smith scoring tons, played brilliantly to bring them back in the game with a huge stand. Steyn was the best bowler for the home side picking up four wickets. Johnson then lead Australia with the ball picking up 7 wickets as the Australians bundled out the hosts for a mere 206. de Villiers played really well but was unlucky to miss out on his ton as he got out on 91.
What a win for Australia! They came here on the back of winning the Ashes 5-0 and boy how well have they continued to shine. Johnson led them again with the ball and some really good batting from their batsmen was just what they needed. They now take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.
Ryan Harris to Morne Morkel
OUT! Chaos! Sums up the match for the home side. Harris bangs it short on middle, Morkel tucks it to the leg side. He wants the second but the Lyon the fielder at square leg is quick to the ball and returns the throw at the keeper's end who whips the bails off in time to catch Morkel short of the crease. Haddin throws the ball at the non-striker's end but misses and the ball goes to the fence but the umpire had ruled him out already. The Australian players get in a huddle and celebrate. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 281 RUNS!
Ryan Harris to Vernon Philander
Shorter in length on middle, pulled to square leg. Rogers, the fielder in the deep puts in the dive to keep the ball in play and the batsmen down to a single.
FOUR! Lovely shot! Good length outside off, Philander drills it through covers off his crease to collect yet another boundary.
WIDE! Bowls it too short and too high, Philander lets it go through. The umpire signals it wide.
FOUR! Smack! Fuller outside off, Philander drives it superbly through covers for a brilliant boundary.
Peter Siddle to Vernon Philander
Shorter in length on middle, Philander fetches it from outside off, and pulls it to square leg for a single.
SIX! Philander is playing his shots! Siddle bangs it short on middle, Philander picks it up and hooks it through fine leg region for a maximum.
Fuller in length on middle, Philander plays it to the leg side.
Good length outside off, Philander defends it to the off side.
Bouncer! Shorter in length on middle, the ball flies over the hooking Philander.
FOUR! Shot! Shorter in length on middle, Philander goes for the pull and connects well with it, dispatching it to the square leg fence for a boundary.
Good length outside off, Morkel defends it to the off side.