South Africa vs Australia: Five things we learned from the series

05 April, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Dean Elgar's superb catch ended Tim Paine's innings as Australia battled against South Africa

Chadd Sayers went for a golden duck as he sent a thick edge to Dean Elgar at third slip from Philander's subsequent ball and, although he could not complete a sensational hat-trick, Australia were all out within an hour and a half of play.

Former captain Steve Smith and ex-vice captain Warner were suspended for 12 months and batsman Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban for their roles in using sandpaper on the ball during the third Test against South Africa. Thus, with a rather inexperienced side, Australia suffered one of its biggest losses in Test cricket, when they lost the fourth Test match against the Proteas by 492 runs and with that, the series 3-1.

After a week from hell, they tried to soldier on in the fourth Test but were further embarrassed in the biggest Test loss in terms of runs in 84 years.

South Africa had failed in seven home series against Australia since being welcomed back in 1991 to worldwide cricket. If Aussie could win the match, series will ended with draw.

He was also the recipient of an almighty spray from David Warner after the youngster inadvertently ran out skipper AB de Villiers in the first innings in Durban.

For years, Australia have been used to sending other teams to historic defeats, not suffering them.

Credits to Philander and injured Morkel, who took the game away from the touring party while it wasn't Australia's to win in the first place.

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"It is such a rewarding experience knowing that every four and six that cricket-lovers celebrate, every wicket taken, gets another child one step closer to the chance at a better life", said Shoaib Moosa, Chief Commercial Officer for Willowton Group, manufacturers of Sunfoil cooking oil.

The lanky pacer, affectionately known as "Haydos" because of how highly he rates his own batting, finished his last Test on a high. Lyon has captured 306 scalps and sits sixth on Australia's all-time list of wicket-takers, with Brett Lee (310) and Mitchell Johnson (313) in his sights.

The cause of Australia's embarrassment and disappointment in Johannesburg was not as serious as that in Cape Town, but a record 492-run defeat was nonetheless concerning for new captain Tim Paine. The Proteas will tour Sri Lanka for a three-Test series, while Australia will tour England in June. Shaun Marsh (seven) inside-edged a Vernon Philander (6/21) delivery onto his pad and was well caught by Temba Bavuma at gully.

At that stage, his spell for the day was 6/3 after just 5.2 overs. Morne Morkel, playing in his final Test, had been given a guard of honour by his teammates and support staff when he walked on to the field at the start of the day.

He started, in appropriate fashion, with a no ball.

"I'm excited for the new guy coming in who can enjoy a fantastic journey with the Proteas now, but I will definitely miss the game. From the Durban test match, South Africa outplayed us purely on skill", he said.

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