In purely cricketing terms, Australia's aggressive approach in the field worked, dominating South Africa through most of the match, with fast bowler Mitchell Starc finishing with nine wickets and the Aussie pace trio of Starc, Hazlewood and Pat Cummins making their mark early on in the series.
Opening batsman Markram made 143 but South Africa were hanging on at 293 for nine, still 124 runs short of a target of 417, when bad light stopped play.
"One bowler in each team has the potential to do that to the tail". We mentioned it before the series, and I think a crucial part of the series will be the runs scored between numbers eight and 11.
"Just special to win a Test match", Starc said during the presentation ceremony, via ESPNCricinfo. It might be time to trust their batting on a seaming deck and back the likes of Philander to outdo the Australian pacers and trust the formidable batting of De Villiers, Amla and Du Plessis. "It wasn't his session during he middle but he showed what he can do when the ball starts to reverse swing". If you look at them (Australia), once they got through our top seven batsmen it was quite easy for them to get through the tail.
"It's really satisfying to win the first Test match of this series.it was clinical in the end and I'm proud of the way the boys played".
At the end of the day, it was Starc's supreme skills that led to South African losing 4-4 in the first innings and 4-8 in the second innings, and extinguished any fight the hosts had left in them.
"If anything he just picked the longest man on the field", Graeme Smith said. You don't see that too often, but it was a very abrasive square and made that happen.
Dale Steyn has targeted South Africa's third Test against Australia for his latest injury comeback.
CA had said early on Monday morning - the fifth day of the Test - that it would investigate the incident, which was caught on CCTV and first aired by South African outlet Independent Media.
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis said he was proud of his team's final-innings fightback in the first Test against Australia at Kingsmead but acknowledged being in that position had been down to their own shortcomings. "That says a lot about his character".
Chasing anything above 400 in the fourth innings in one of the toughest tasks in Test cricket.
Paine snapped the 147-run stand between Markram and De Kock by holding one of the sharpest - and most important - catches of his career. Australia were trying to make sure that was something weighing on his shoulders. The Ashes performances strengthened the belief they had in themselves if they can get their strongest bowling attack fit and out on the pitch consistently.