AUS vs SA [Twitter reactions]: Travis Head stands tall on opening day with 15 wickets in Brisbane

On a green Gabba course and with a little cloud overhead, the Australian bowlers took full advantage afterwards Pat Cummins chose to bat first on Day 1 of the first Test against South Africa.

Aside from a solid 98-run partnership between half a centurion Kyle Verreynne and Tem Bavuma, the Proteas suffered a fatal collapse of 27 for 4 and 27 for 6 on either side of the Verreynne-Bavuma stand. The tourists eventually bundled for 152, with Verreynne scoring the most, 64 runs.

pacer Mitchell Starc (3/41) and off spinner Nathan Lyons (3/14) were the best bowlers for the hosts, with three wickets each. Likewise, Scott Boland (2/28) and Cummins (2/35) each grabbed a pair of scalps.

In response, Australians tasted their own medicine, with South African pacemakers dropping absolute lightning bolts to make surviving Aussie batters quite difficult. Kagiso Rabada sent shockwaves from the start, sending opener David Warner off for a golden duck on the very first ball.

soon, Marnus Labuschagne (11) and Usman Khawaja (11) were also removed as the home side were reduced to 27/3 within 10 overs. Before the Proteas could apply more pressure, Travis head and Steve Smith took things away to form a stunning 117-run partnership for the fourth wicket, with Head counter-attacking thanks to his full-flow batting.

Two late wickets in the form of Smith and nightwatchman Boland saw South Africa scramble back but they still have the prospect of taking a significant lead as Australia are just seven runs behind with Head unbeaten on 78 and five wickets in the hand.

Here’s how Twitter responded:

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