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Johnson gives Australia control
Mitchell Johnson backed up his stunning Ashes performance with another devastating spell of fast bowling, ripping through the South African top order in unplayable fashion on day 2 of the first Test at Centurion Park.
Johnson left the Proteas top order in tatters finishing the day with 4 wickets in a spell of hostile bowling of the highest order putting Australia in what already appears a match winning position.
South Africa went to stumps reeling at 140/6 with only AB de Villiers providing any contribution of note with 52 n.o. In fact De Villiers’ innings was pure class and certainly showed both the England and South African top orders how to play Johnson.
Earlier in the day centurion Marsh and Smith continued to build on their massive effort from the day before, Smith recording his 4th Test ton and 3rd of the summer eventually falling on 100. Marsh fell shortly afterwards for a superb 148, after the pair had scored a record 233 run partnership.
The visitors were eventually dismissed for 398 as they lost their last 6 wickets for 68 runs a decent fightback by the home team led by Dale Steyn who contributed with 4 wickets.
Johnson was simply superb upfront with the new ball dismissing both Smith and Du Plessis with unplayable deliveries. He then proceeded to rough up anybody else that faced him at the other end except De Villiers that scored freely all round the wicket and simply got into line when playing the Johnson’s 150km/h thunderbolts.
South Africa 140 for 6 (de Villiers 53*, Johnson 4-52) trail Australia 397 (Marsh 148, Smith 100, Steyn 4-78) by 257 runs