MITCH PLAYER OF THE MATCH IN FIRST TEST
Mitch’s triple-wicket maiden in the second innings of the First Test ripped apart South Africa’s lower-order and helped secure Australia a 1-0 lead in the four Test series.
Mitch proved why he’s one of the most destructive bowlers in world cricket when he removed Vernon Philander caught behind, before he splattered the stumps of Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada with consecutive deliveries.
With match figues of 9-109, including 5-34 in the first innings, Mitch was a unanimous pick as Player of the Match.
A feature of Mitch’s performance at Kingsmead was his ability to generate and harness reverse swing with the old ball. His five wickets in the first innings were captured with the old ball that was swinging unconventionally, while on Sunday his three wickets in the 80th over moved late in the air and off the seam.
Mitch said it takes a group effort to get the ball in the right condition for reverse swing.
“It was a very abrasive surface, so it’s trying to keep that shiny side nice and smooth and dry. But it was just great to get as first up win against South Africa who are a very good side,” said Mitch after the victory.
The Series now moves to Port Elizabeth with the 2nd Test starting March 9.