Australia out for 85 on day 1, 2nd test vs South Africa
HOBART, Australia (AP) Vernon Philander snared five wickets as South Africa dismissed Australia for 85 on the opening day of the second cricket test, leaving captain Steve Smith stranded unbeaten on 48 when he ran out of batting partners.
Smith went to the crease with Australia already 2-2, having lost both openers inside the first two overs, and lost four partners in quick succession before Australia limped to lunch at 43-6. Smith faced 80 balls and was two shy of a half century when No. 11 Nathan Lyon was caught behind by Quinton de Kock off Philander, who returned 5-21 from 10.1 overs.
Philander took three wickets for three runs and came close to a hattrick in an opening spell of 6.2 overs before being forced from the field after a mid-pitch collision with Smith in the 13th over.
He made full use of the swing available to the bowlers after the tourists won the toss and bowled in heavily overcast conditions, setting in motion the Australian collapse when he dismissed David Warner (1) with the last ball of his opening over.
Kyle Abbott, called up as a replacement for the injured Dale Steyn, also claimed a wicket with the last ball of his first over, dismissing Joe Burns (1) and bringing Smith to the wicket with the match only two overs old.
Philander then struck a double blow in the ninth over which turned a troubling start by Australia into a full-blooded collapse. He dismissed Usman Khawaja (4), who edged a swinging delivery to Hashim Amla at first slip, then removed Adam Voges next ball with a thin edge to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.
Australia was 8-4 and Callum Ferguson, making a belated test debut at 31, was left to face a hattrick ball in his first test innings. Ferguson barely survived a delivery which angled into middle stump, then moved away and never looked comfortable before being run out for 3.
The run out occurred only three balls after Philander left the field in pain from a shoulder injury after his collision with Smith, and left Australia 17-5. Ferguson was beaten by a direct hit from substitute fielder Dane Vilas.
Smith had short-lived support from wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, who made 3 from 25 balls before falling lbw to Kagiso Rabada, hero of South Africa's 177-run win in the first test at Perth.
Philander returned after the lunch interval and bowled test rookie Joe Mennie for 10, triggering a second collapse as Australia lost its last four wickets for 26 runs.