Australia draw first blood in Durban

06 March 2018 06:16:57 EST

Australia's 118-run win in the first Test against South Africa was wrapped up just 20 minutes into the final day.

The tourists gained the early advantage in the four-Test series at Kingsmead as Josh Hazlewood trapped Quinton de Kock lbw for 83.

The victory was overshadowed by an off-field confrontation between de Kock and Australia vice-captain Dave Warner that was caught on a stadium security camera.

I think that's the way we play our best cricket, when we're aggressive.

Steve Smith

Australia, who had set the Proteas a formidable target of 417 to win, needed less than four overs of the final day to seal victory.

Skipper Steve Smith said: "Really satisfying to win this first test match of the series. The first Test is always really important, especially against quality opposition like South Africa."

The issue of sledging between the two sides, though, is likely to remain a hot topic after the Durban clash.

Smith said what happened was regrettable on both sides, but added: "Hopefully we can move on and play in the right spirit for the next three Test matches."

The tourists dominated for most of the match, with fast bowler Mitchell Starc finishing with nine wickets.

Their victory would have been much more comprehensive if not for 143 from Aiden Markram and the late resistance from wicketkeeper de Kock in South Africa's second innings.

Smith said he was comfortable with the level of aggression shown on the field by his players.

"I think that's the way we play our best cricket, when we're aggressive," he added. "We're in the fight together, we're hunting as a pack, we're working for each other and backing our mates on the field... that's part of being an Australian in my opinion.

"I'm comfortable where it's all at, it's just ensuring we stay within the spirit of the game."

Australia are 6/5 to win the second Test, with South Africa 6/4.

Australia are 8/13 to have a first-innings lead.

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