In the first of a three-match Test series, South Africa was defeated by Australia by six wickets. Australia destroyed the Proteas line in the second innings, bundling them for 99 runs, setting them a goal of 34 runs.

However, the pitch, not Australia’s domination, was the topic of conversation. In only two days, the Test match was over. South Africa, who batted first, was skittled for 152, and Australia then scored 218. When Australia was chasing a meager 34-run goal, they suddenly lost four wickets.

Brad Hogg, a former Australia spinner, was among the ex-cricketers who were upset with the surface. Hogg tweeted: “Batsman won’t have to worry about bathing, changing their underwear, and putting on deodorant for dinner on the town tonight in Brisbane.” This was a savage jab at the Gabba track.

He continued by highlighting Brisbane Wicket’s “one positive,” saying: “The Brisbane pitch’s solitary advantage is that both sides have speed assaults that benefit from a comparative advantage on it. In that regard, it’s exciting and intriguing as a one-off, but I don’t want to watch it again for another ten years.”

During the awards ceremony, South Africa’s captain spoke on the match, saying: “Pretty spicy pitch, bowlers were licking their lips. It’s good that the hitters have a challenge, but I don’t think this is a fair competition. Honest to say, I don’t believe we could have prepared any better. Although the circumstances weren’t favorable for the hitters, Smith and Head’s collaboration was crucial.

Pat Cummins, his opponent, downplayed the conversations that were taking on on the field. Instead, he praised Steve Smith and Travis Head, the former of whom scored 92 points off 96 balls in the first innings.

Tough wicket. I believed that Head and Smith’s batting performance put us in a winning position, said Cummins.