Proteas’ structural naivety exposed in shocker

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 21: Faf du Plessis and Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa celebrate with teammates after the former's catch that sent Aaron Finch out during the 1st KFC T20 International match between South Africa and Australia at Imperial Wanderers Stadium on February 21, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

South Africa had shuffled some baby steps forward, despite 2-1 defeat, in the still extremely recent, highly competitive Twenty20 international series with England.

On Friday at a stunned-into-silence Wanderers (so much for a raucously hostile Warner-Smith welcome, eh?) they lurched several large, clumsy paces backward in the first of three contests with southern hemisphere arch-rivals Australia.

The Proteas were truly given a bloody nose: thrashed by a gaping margin of 107 runs as they posted their lowest completed total (89) against any customers in the format, well within the prior ignominious landmark of 98 all out against Sri Lanka at Colombo in August 2018.

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