South Africa vs. Australia: Player Ratings for Baggy Greens After 1st Test

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South Africa vs. Australia: Player Ratings for Baggy Greens After 1st Test
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For a sixth successive match, Australia carried out a brutal humiliation of their opponents, this time handing a 281-run defeat to the world No. 1 South Africa.

Excluding their early wobble with the bat on Day 1, Michael Clarke's side were rarely troubled by the hosts; Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith setting the platform for a Mitchell Johnson-led demolition of Graeme Smith and Co.

In a match that contained a startling resemblance to any number of Ashes Tests, perhaps the most significant takeaway is that Australia's resurgence can no longer be countered by pointing out the relative weakness of their opponents.

Suddenly, it's the world's very best side that is facing up to the same questions asked of England so relentlessly just a couple of months ago. 

Australia, meanwhile, will march on to Port Elizabeth for the second Test with soaring confidence and the chance to wrap up a series victory.

But before we get there, here are our ratings for each Australian player after the first Test at Centurion.

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