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Australia demolished by South Africa, suffer historic Test series loss

Australia demolished by South Africa, suffer historic Test series loss

The scandal-hit tourists had promised to fight for a draw on the final day to end a controversial tour on a positive note but their resistance lasted just 83 minutes as Philander ripped through their middle and lower order to finish with career-best figures of 6-21 and move to 204 test wickets.

Not since 1934, when Australia beat England by 562 runs at the Oval, has a team fallen so far short in the fourth innings.

Australia, responding to fierce criticism about their conduct sparked by the cheating scandal, stunned South Africa with their friendly approach in the fourth Test. "As players you do have competitive nature with each other, I played with him at Delhi past year and it was nice to share information". The regulars returned for the second new ball, and up came du Plessis' century, until Cummins finally caught his edge for 120.

"We need new people who are passionate about the game". I thought if my defence was very good against him I could negate most of the balls that he threw my way and I knew that the right-handers would be able to score off him. It produced its fair share of controversies beginning with the treacherous turner in Pune, the dressing room DRS assistance in Bangalore and the subsequent drama that followed, the exposed chatter between Matthew Wade and Ravindra Jadeja at Dharamsala and finally, Virat Kohli's comments on his fractured friendships with the Australians post the final Test. His teammates gave him a guard of honour ahead of play, and Morkel led the team off after the final wicket. He is the amusing guy in the dressing room, and he'll be missed a lot on the field.

The sorry innings was brought to its conclusion when Nathan Lyon (nine) was run out.

That contest was ironically South Africa's most-recent home test series win over Australia.

"We'd be foolish not to take that opportunity".

"Australia have a lot of questions to answer and I believe heads must roll on and off the field", Warne wrote. Du Plessis said he had never known his team to be as motivated as they were after a bad-tempered first Test in Durban. "This series has been remarkable", he said. "Our bowling unit was exceptional". "The guys were hungry, especially the senior players, there was a hunger to make big performance, and get something out of the series". "Test cricket is such a ruthless environment that when you are out of form it can chip away at you and it can put you in a dark place". In the end, it was a run-out, perhaps appropriately effected by Markram, who with 480 was comfortably the leading run-scorer in the series. "It's definitely the most docile Test (against Australia) since I played Test cricket". "You can see how much it means to him though, we have given him probably five or six send-offs this Test match already".

The South Africa captain conceded that he also needed to manage his fast bowlers, some of whom were carrying knocks, including the mighty Philander who was struggling with a groin injury.

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