Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

JP Duminy

100

Dean Elgar

86

Vernon Philander

81

Kagiso Rabada

79

Quinton de Kock

75

Josh Hazlewood

68

David Warner

52

Faf du Plessis

51

Temba Bavuma

50

Peter Siddle

47

Keshav Maharaj

46

Shaun Marsh

40

Mitchell Starc

39

Peter Nevill

37

Mitchell Marsh

31

Usman Khawaja

27

Steven Smith

21

Adam Voges

15

Dale Steyn

15

Nathan Lyon

10

Hashim Amla

4

Stephen Cook

2

Note: In a career context, all numbers are restricted between 0 and 5. However, in a match context, the numbers are not restricted. For simplicity, we are changing the scale here in the report and expressing every Match Impact number as a percentage. The maximum percentage (100) is assigned to the highest impact player of the match. All other players in the match are scaled relative to him. Negative Match Impact indicates that not only did the player not contribute in the match, but he also had an adverse effect on his team’s chances.​​

Scorecard

Following a forgettable start, South Africa mounted a fightback to script a comprehensive 177-run win over hosts Australia in Perth on Monday (7 Nov).

JP Duminy was the highest impact player, and batsman, of the first Test. While he didn’t contribute in the first innings (11), it was his knock under pressure in the second (141) that tilted the scales in the visitors favour.

The Proteas, who had managed to keep Australia’s lead to a mere two runs, were in a spot of bother after losing Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla with just 45 runs on the board. Duminy, then, proceeded to steady the innings with opener Dean Elgar (127) for company. The pair thwarted the new ball, soaked in all the pressure and added 250 runs for the third wicket in a passage of play that saw a shift in momentum. For his role, Elgar finished as the second-highest impact player (and batsman) of the match.

Kagiso Rabada, who was declared ‘Man of the match’, was the highest impact bowler for his match haul of seven wickets (7-170, including six top/middle-order). His five-wicket haul in the fourth innings (5-92) kept the hosts on the back foot.

For his match haul of five top/middle-order wickets (5-177), Josh Hazlewood was Australia’s highest impact player.

While both teams had two players apiece that failed in the match (Dale Steyn was absent hurt for the most part), the combined high impact efforts of Duminy, Elgar, Vernon Philander (4-56 and 1-55 to go with 83 runs overall), Rabada and Quinton de Kock (84 and 64, and 2 catches) outdid all the good work Australia had done on the opening day.

 

Karthik Swaminathan