Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Australia set for historic Test series loss in South Africa

Australia set for historic Test series loss in South Africa

So often has the story been reported and so much has been spoken about it that the rest of the Test, including South Africa's then-highest win in terms of runs against Australia since readmission, seems like a blur.

Philander's stunning effort with the ball also saw the Proteas secure a 3-1 series win and mark their first-ever series win over Australia in South Africa since 1970.

And Australia were humbled by the Proteas in the aftermath, losing the third and fourth Tests by huge margins to leave Paine - stepping up in Smith's absence - to reflect on a dismal tour.

South Africa chose to add further bruises to an already peppered outfit, and the away side's trepidation showed in their lack of fight on day five.

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In another twist, he injured himself during the fourth Test and again it appeared the world had seen the last of him in South Africa jersey.

Kagiso Rabada, the Player of the Series for his 23 wickets, is a man of few words at the best of times, but had a lot to say about Morkel, "Outstanding career Morne's had". "It was not nice for him to get hit on that finger twice".

Vernon Philander was the star of the day.

Matters reached marshmallow melting point on Monday when Joe Burns‚ one of the replacements flown over from Australia at short notice after the visitors' nadir at Newlands‚ chased after Aiden Markram at the Golf Course End. When you're slightly off against a world-class opposition, you're going to be found wanting, and we were.

"We've potentially maybe had our head in the sand a little bit over the last 12 months", Paine told reporters after Australia's series loss in South Africa. "It's definitely the most docile Test (against Australia) since I played Test cricket". I can't wait for the next one.

It was evident that the Australian public backlash following the ball-tampering furore was partly fuelled by unhappiness about a team who felt they could act with impunity.

The Australian side have been rocked by a ball-tampering scandal in which former captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were sent home after the third Test before being slapped with hefty bans.

South Africa had failed in seven home series against Australia since being welcomed back to global cricket in 1991. Their main tournament started in 1st March, 2018 and in the first two Tests, Australia and South Africa won a match each and so, the series is now even. "This series has been remarkable", he said.

"We've got a chance to save a Test".

Most pleasing for Elgar was the way he dealt with Nathan Lyon, who bowled 135 balls to Elgar and dismissed him.

"We want Test match cricket to survive and be exciting, this is not a good advertisement for the game".

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