Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 1 – Statistical Highlights

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 12:  Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Jean-Paul Duminy of South Africa during day one of the Second Test match between Australia and South Africa at Blundstone Arena on November 12, 2016 in Hobart, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Mitchell Starc of Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

After bagging a huge win in the first Test, South Africa made a brilliant start in the 2nd Test as well against the hosts at the Hobart. On winning the toss, South Africa asked Australia to bat first and bundled them out for just 85 runs. Later with the bat, the visitors finished with 171/5 at stumps on day 1 with 86-run lead already in their bag. Here we look at all the stats and records recorded during the day’s play.

2 – Runs aggregated by Australian openers in the first innings, the 2nd lowest for them since 2000. Australian openers failed to add any runs in the first innings at Nottingham in 2015 vs England.


2 – Callum Ferguson is only the 2nd Australian to be run out on Test debut since 1980. Bryce McGain was run out on his debut in 2009.

6 – Australia’s six batsmen out of their Top 7 got out for single digits in the first innings. This is the first such instance for Australia at home since 1980.

5 – Number of times since 2010 Australia have got bowled under 100 in Tests, the 2nd most for any team in this period. Pakistan were bowled out 6 times under 100 in this period in Tests.

15 – Number of wickets fell on first day’s play, the most in a day in Tests at Hobart. Previous most was 13 wickets on two occasions.

17 – Score at which Australia lost their 5th wicket, the 2nd lowest for them at home at 5th lowest overall.

21 – Vernon Philander’s 5-wicket haul in the first innings was his first 5-fer in his last 21 Tests. In his first 15 Test matches, he had 9 five-fers.

31y 357d – Age at which Callum Ferguson made his Test debut. Since 2000, Ferguson is the 3rd oldest Australian to make his Test debut.

56.47 – Percentage of team runs scored by Steven Smith, the 5th highest percentage by a player in a completed Team’s innings with a total less than 100.

85 – Australia’s total in the first innings is their lowest total at home since their 76/10 vs West Indies in 1984 at Perth.

197 – Number of balls South Africa has taken to bowl out Australia, the lowest balls taken by any team to bowl out Australia in Australia since 1940.