David Warner knows he's gone in Australia's second innings.
David Warner knows he's gone in Australia's second innings. Robert Cianflone

We need new trumps after massive loss to Proteas

CRICKET: Change seems to be the buzzword echoing around the world at the moment after Donald Trump's shock election as US President.

After another humiliating batting collapse, Australian cricket needs change - and quickly.

Steve Smith's side fell to South Africa by an innings and 80 runs in Hobart, losing the last eight wickets for 32 runs.

Smith said his side had to "find a way to be successful”.

"We've got to find a way to be a bit more resilient, spend some time out in the middle,” he said.

"It seems at the moment whether it's seaming, swinging or spinning we're having some trouble.

"We've got to find a way to be successful because what we're doing at the moment isn't working.”

Former Test opener Chris Rogers said more focus on four-day cricket would toughen batsmen and that the one round of Sheffield Shield cricket before the first Test in Perth wasn't enough.

"I do think they didn't play enough Shield cricket leading into it, so you don't get into that mindset of just batting time,” he told SEN Radio.

"You still need those players who are prepared to bat 200 balls for 60 runs.

"While it might be a little bit boring, it will help the side.”

Before yesterday's latest capitulation, Rogers predicted selectors might opt for generational change if the batsmen failed again.

And fail they did, collapsing from 2-121 to be all out for 161.

Usman Khawaja (56no) and Smith (18no) resumed, trying to set the South Africans a target the Aussie bowlers could defend.

It didn't take long for the rot to set in with Khawaja falling four overs into the day's play for 64.

That exposed Australia's frail middle and lower orders.

Adam Voges continued his horror run with a 26-ball two, to follow his first innings first-ball duck. He has scored 30 runs in his four innings against the Proteas, with 27 his top score.

Despite his Test average of 61.87 Voges is likely to have played his final Test match.

Debutant Callum Ferguson posted a one to go with his first-innings three and he could join the ranks of the one-Test club.

That was on top of Joe Burns who had a duck and one in his return at the top of the order.

The man of the match was South African seamer Kyle Abbott, who collected 6-77 in the Australian second innings.

Rogers said the selectors must be at their wits' end.

"I think they're thinking, enough's enough - we've given these guys enough opportunities, we want to see some performance,” he said.

"So I guess there would be a few guys in that side who are looking over their shoulder now.”

THE STATS

Australia has lost its past five Tests and five ODIs.

Australia faced only 558 deliveries in this Test, its fourth-lowest tally in a home Test loss.

A defiant Steve Smith saw 13 dismissals fall around him in his two innings. Yesterday he took 40 minutes to advance his overnight score.

In the 16 matches since Steve Smith took over as captain, 23 players have been on Australia's Test merry-go-round. During the 134 Tests played under Ricky Ponting and his predecessor, Steve Waugh, Australia used just 58 players between them.



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