1st Test: Australia beat South Africa by 281 runs as Mitchell Johnson claims 12 wickets

Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, who took 12 wickets in the match, was at his fiery best once again as South Africa succumbed to a humbling 281-run defeat at home in the first Test.

updated: February 16, 2014 03:55 IST
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Centurion, South Africa: Australia crushed cricket's top-ranked team on Saturday as unstoppable fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 12 of 20 wickets to send South Africa to a humbling 281-run defeat at home in the first Test.

Already with 7-68 from the first innings, Johnson ripped out 5-59 in the second to bowl South Africa out for 200, way off the huge target of 482 at SuperSport Park. Johnson finished with match figures of 12-127 off 33 brutally hostile overs.

Bowling fast and often short, and too fast for the South Africans to handle, the left-arm Johnson sent back openers Alviro Petersen and Graeme Smith inside four overs. He had JP Duminy out just before tea. For good measure, Johnson struck Ryan McLaren a crunching blow on the helmet with a bouncer, then blasted him out too as a ruthless Australia took the lead in the three-match contest.

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