Posted: 1 October, 2016
Aussie ODI Team Gets HAMMERED By Record Innings
"It felt like every ball was going to the boundary"
The Australian ODI team has been brutalised by a record-breaking innings from South Africa's Quinton de Kock.
Australia set South Africa a competitive target of 295 in the first of five ODIs.
But de Kock more than made light work of it, smashing 178 off 113 balls to chase down the total in just 36 overs.
The 23-year-old smashed 16 fours and 11 sixes against an understrength Australian attack missing Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
It's the highest ODI score by a South African against Australia, surpassing Herschelle Gibbs' 175 when South Africa chased down 434 in Johannesburg 11 years ago.
"I thought we started off quite poorly with the ball, we gave him a few freebies to get away," said Aussie skipper Steve Smith. "We were a bit too short and a bit too wide at times.
"And from there it just looked like he got in a rhythm, and it felt like every ball was going to the boundary at one point."
De Kock spoke modestly on his innings.
"It was the most free (flowing) knock that I've played," he said. "But I've played a couple of other knocks that I've enjoyed more, where I've had to work hard for the runs...those are the type of knocks that I enjoy.
"I had to work hard for the runs today, but it was just my day I guess."