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Philander six-for completes historic series win for South Africa

Philander six-for completes historic series win for South Africa

The result also ranks as Australia's second-heaviest defeat by runs, and their heaviest in 90 years.

The triumph also gave South Africa a long-awaited first series victory at home over Australia since 1970, the last test series in South Africa before two decades of isolation because of apartheid.

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"Obviously there was a lot of off-field stuff that was hard for them to handle and that's why, we thought, pushing them mentally as far as we can - even [on Monday] - it would be really tough for them". This group had a chance to show some real fight and determination today, but unfortunately we weren't able to. "But certainly, at the moment, there's a fair bit of disappointment and borderline embarrassment in our change room".

It is South Africa's fourth biggest win margin by runs in the history of Test cricket.

"The performance is concerning, no doubt about that". We've had a really tough week but since the Durban Test, SA have outplayed us from a skill perspective.

Peter Handscomb (23 not out) and Shaun Marsh (7 not out) will resume their innings on day five after bad light once again stopped play before the minimum overs required had been bowled, with Australia 3-88.

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While Ambrose capitalised on the Fremantle doctor, pace and trampoline bounce, Philander's adherence to minimal seam movement on a 10c piece outside off-stump corroded Australia's batting confidence. And South Africa's quick bowlers out-bowled the Aussies: Spearhead Kagiso Rabada was the leading wicket-taker and Pat Cummins was the only Aussie in the top four bowlers of the contest.

But Australia's new captain Tim Paine turned the page in Johannesburg after the ball-tampering scandal, silencing his side's sledging and asking counterpart Faf du Plessis to endorse a pre-game handshake between teams.

Fast bowler Morne Morkel says he will definitely miss playing worldwide after helping the Proteas to an historic series victory over Australia.

The genial giant who said he was inspired by the tears of Jacques Kallis when they finally won in Australia for the first time (2008) and deeply moved by the tears of Dale Steyn at Eden Park when they lost in the 2015 World Cup semi-final, left the Wanderers field in tears himself but with the acclaim and love of all who were there ringing in his ears.

"It's been a really challenging week but you can't doubt the effort", Paine said in the post-match ceremony.

"This means a lot to us", he said. "We are always incredibly proud to be a part of this Trust which has a proven track record for success".


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