Australia show cricket world that England whitewash was no fluke as Mitchell Johnson inspires them to victory over South Africa

World's number one Test side are blown away with a day to spare as Australia continue their impressive form

The venomous bowling of Mitchell Johnson helped Australia secure a comprehensive 281-run victory over South Africa with a day to spare in the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Johnson, who took seven wickets in the first innings and five in the second for an impressive match haul of 12 for 127, was the clear man of the match against the world's number one Test team.

The Proteas had no real answer to the pace and bounce of Johnson, with only AB de Villiers managing to get among the runs for the home side. He scored 91 runs in the first innings and 48 in the second.

Michael Clarke was quick to make his declaration on day four, Shaun Marsh's dismissal prompting the Australia captain to put the Proteas in to chase a notional target of 482.

But Johnson removed openers Alviro Petersen and Graeme Smith inside the first four overs, with Peter Siddle skittling Faf du Plessis before Ryan Harris made Hashim Amla his first victim of the match.

Johnson quickly disposed of Duminy and McLaren for his 10th and 11th wickets, De Villiers becoming his 12th victim when driving a cutter towards Steve Smith at short cover.

Siddle then had Robin Peterson fooled with a grubber and, after Harris removed Steyn with a length ball, Morne Morkel was run out for a single run to bring the match to premature conclusion.

Australia's bowlers have earned the team an extra day's rest before the second Test in Port Elizabeth, and Johnson told espncricinfo: "We set the game up with our batters. We bowled really well as a team.

"We felt there was a little in the wicket, we saw Morne (Morkel) get some bounce.

"When plans come off it's really nice. I was very nervous and pumped up for this match, so to come out and do this is very good.

"I'm here to be the intimidator which is what I have done here. Now we have an extra day to get back up for it."

Steyn was the only other South African besides De Villiers to emerge from the match with much credit after his six wickets took his career total to 356.

His strike rate of 42 balls per wicket does, however, remain the lowest of those cricketers who have taken more than 300 Test wickets.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith said: "It's very disappointing. We've been outplayed from the word go.

"Probably one of the most disappointing four days as we've had as a team.

"We need to reflect, train hard and perform much better. It seemed to one of those games; bowlers picking up niggles, food poisoning.

"At 100 for four we were pretty happy. But credit to Mitchell Johnson.

"AB (de Villiers) showed tremendous skill on a difficult wicket, the rest of us have performed well for a period of time so need to look back to those moments.

"We allowed Australia to play front-runner cricket and that's unusual for us."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
musicOfficial chart could be moved to accommodate Friday international release day
Sport
Wes Brown is sent-off
football
News
i100
Sport
Italy celebrate scoring their second try
six nations
Sport
Glenn Murray celebrates scoring against West Ham
footballWest Ham 1 Crystal Palace 3
Arts and Entertainment
Drake continues to tease ahead of the release of his new album
music
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower