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Australia lose fourth Test in a row as SA win opener

Kagiso Rabada celebrates a wicket

Kagiso Rabada (centre) took 7-170 in the match and has 36 wickets at 24 apiece in nine Tests

Australia slipped to a fourth successive Test defeat as South Africa won the opening Test of their three-match series by 177 runs in Perth.

Set a notional 539, the hosts were bowled out for 361 shortly before tea on the final day thanks to 21-year-old pace bowler Kagiso Rabada’s 5-92.

Usman Khawaja made 97 and Peter Nevill an unbeaten 60 for Australia, who lost 3-0 in Sri Lanka in August.

Victory was South Africa’s third in a row at the Waca, after 2008 and 2012.

It was completed without Dale Steyn, the world’s number two-ranked bowler who was ruled out of the series on Friday with a fractured shoulder.

Australia, 169-4 overnight, survived for 119 overs in total in the fourth innings on a pitch featuring large cracks.

However, their first-innings collapse proved costly, slipping from 158-1 to 244 all out in response to South Africa’s 242.

JP Duminy made 141 and Dean Elgar 127, putting on 250 for the third wicket in South Africa’s second-innings 540-8 declared.

The second Test in Hobart starts on Saturday and the final Test in Adelaide on 24 November.

Australia batsman Joe Burns will replace Shaun Marsh, who suffered a broken finger in Perth, for the second Test, while the uncapped Callum Ferguson has been added to the squad.

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Dale Steyn tweeted his congratulations after returning to South Africa

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