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WACA was siren's call for SAfrica: Starc

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

The WACA wicket can often be a difficult beast to understand for touring pacemen, who hear tales of unique bounce and cracks so big you can fit a bat in them.

Many are guilty of over-egging the pudding and misreading the pitch. They try to rattle Australia with rearing bouncers but instead serve up the sort of loose stuff that David Warner loves.

South Africa should have known better on Thursday, having won their past two Tests at the venue.

But they got it badly wrong on day one of the three-Test series according to Mitchell Starc, who grabbed four wickets and relished a far more lively deck than the one served up for last year's dull draw between Australia and New Zealand.

Warner rocketed Australia to 0-105 from 21 overs at stumps on day one.

"We saw on the TV there at some point .. that about 88 per cent of their balls were too short," Starc said.

"They were probably a little bit shorter than we were and that's resulted in (Australia) being 0-105 so we're happy with that.

"That's probably something we spoke about, making sure we were hitting those stumps and bowling a little bit fuller and not getting too carried away with that bounce."

Starc dismissed Stephen Cook, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn on Thursday, when South Africa were rolled for 242.

It wasn't quite the WACA wicket of old but the left-armer was thrilled with a strip that gave his side a chance to shine after they lost the toss.

"It was a lot better than last year," Australia's spearhead said.

"There was something in it throughout the day. If you put the ball in the right area and made the batsmen play, you felt like your catchers were always in the game.

"At the same time it was a really fast outfield and a nice wicket if batsmen get in. It was a good contest between bat and ball, which is what we were after."

Life is unlikely to get easier for batsmen in the coming days.

"If the weather is as hot as it's meant to be ... we could see a few cracks towards the end of the game," Starc said.

"We even saw a couple jump off newish sort of cracks towards the end .. Shaun Marsh had one jump up."

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