SHAUN Marsh guided the touring Australians to a five-wicket win over South Africa A in Benoniu.
Marsh made 39 not out because the vacationers chased down a goal of 140 in 29.three overs, successful with 5.three overs to spare.
Of concern for the Australians was that Cameron Bancroft, who made 45 within the first innings, and Marsh have been the one top-order batsmen to attain 30 throughout a match by which seam bowlers held sway.
With his staff needing to rating moderately shortly, captain Steve Smith slammed 25 off 13 balls, with three fours and two sixes.
Left-arm quick bowler Mitchell Starc had pre-Test work-out, taking 4 top-order wickets for 46 runs in 15 overs.
With South Africa’s Test squad having been introduced earlier within the day, he gave new squad member Wiaan Mulder a torrid welcome, with a number of hostile short-pitched deliveries.
Mulder made solely 5 earlier than he was leg earlier than wicket to Mitchell Marsh.
Australia’s progress was held up by an eighth wicket stand of 81 off 64 between Shaun von Berg (52) and Malusi Siboto (32).
With Smith deciding his quick bowlers had completed sufficient work, Von Berg and Siboto attacked the spin of Nathan Lyon and Smith earlier than the final three wickets fell for no runs in 10 balls.
The first Test begins on Thursday in Durban, with the second from March 9-13 in Port Elizabeth.
Scores briefly: South Africa A 220 and 248 (P. Malan 34, S. Muthusamy 34, S. von Berg 52, M. Siboto 32; M. Starc Four-46, M. Marsh 2-35, S. Smith 2-22) Australians 329 and 140-5 (S. Marsh 39 not out, D. Olivier Four-74) Result: Australians gained by 5 wickets Toss: South Africa.
Proteas First Test squad v Australia: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Wiaan Mulder, Lungisani Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada