Australia were bowled out for their lowest total at home in 32 years in the first innings of the Hobart Test against South Africa on Saturday.
The visiting team's skipper Faf du Plessis had no second thoughts about opting to field first on a grass-rich wicket at the Bellerive Oval. The South African pacers responded well to their captain's call by making use of the friendly conditions in the morning session.
Led by Vernon Philander, who picked up a five-for, the 10th of his career, the South African pace attack cleaned up Australia for just 85 runs. At one stage, Australia were reeling at 5/17 before going into the lunch break at 43/6.
Except Steve Smith, who made an unbeaten 48, and Joe Mennie, who added 10 runs to the total, nine other Australian batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores, of which eight were less than five.
In the absence of bowling spearhead Dale Steyn, who was ruled out due to a shoulder injury, Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada complemented Philander to complete the demolition act.
South Africa were comfortably placed at 43/0 at Tea in their reply to the home side's meagre total.
Australia's poor showing with the bat in the first innings might cost them the series as they lost the first of the three-match Test series at Perth by 177 runs after Rabada came up with a match-winning five-wicket haul in the final innings.
IBTimes Singapore has compiled Twitter reactions after Australia were humiliated at Hobart.
1 for 2— Paul Adams (@PaulAdams39) November 12, 2016
2 for 2
3 for 8
4 for 8
5 for 17
6 for 31
7 for 59
8 for 66
9 for 76
85 all out#AUSvSA
It's not fair SA get to bat against the Aussie bowlers. They should have to bat against the SA bowlers to make it fair #ausvsa— Matt Brookfield (@mattbrooky83) November 12, 2016
If you're new to cricket, 85 is a decent score. Not for an entire team of course but an individual. #AUSvSA— Titus O'Reily (@TitusOReily) November 12, 2016
You call this a collapse? Australia were 9-21 in Cape Town in 2011. This is nothing. #AUSvSA— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) November 12, 2016
Make that...— Ronny Lerner (@RonnyLerner) November 12, 2016
Steve Smith 0/48
Rest of Aus 10/37#ausvsa
Australia wouldn't beat Hillary Clinton right now.— Former Legend (@Former_legend) November 12, 2016
Sending in a lunch watchman? #AUSvRSA— Mark Scott (@mscott) November 12, 2016
First time in Aus Test history both openers dismissed for 1 in the same innings. #AusvRSA— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) November 11, 2016
In other news, Australia bowled out for 85! Forget turning wickets, now the Aussies can't play on green wickets either! #AUSvSA— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 12, 2016
There's embarrassing and then there's this performance. #AUSvSA— Titus O'Reily (@TitusOReily) November 12, 2016
Behold, the depth of Rod Marsh's prescient genius in picking Mennie for his batting. #AusvSA— Geoff Lemon Sport (@GeoffLemonSport) November 12, 2016