Rampant Philander seals series for dominant South Africa

Dean Simpson
April 4, 2018

The loss meant that Australia suffered its first Test series defeat to South Africa in over 50 years, specifically since the latter was re-admitted to worldwide cricket in 1992.

It proved an ineffective warning, with Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all being charged over their roles in the ball-tampering scandal that marred the third Test.

Paine, backed as the nation's long-term captain by CA board member Mark Taylor, says teammates are ready to launch the next generation of Australian cricket. The moves haunted the remainder of the team for the week leading up to the last game. But we've also got some guys here who have played some very good cricket at an global level for a long time who will need to step up again now that we've lost two of the best players in the world.

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


"We want Test match cricket to survive and be exciting, this is not a good advertisement for the game". "Obviously it (the ball-tampering episode) had more of an effect on guys than probably we knew ourselves. But certainly, at the moment, there's a fair bit of disappointment and borderline embarrassment in our change room". Not quite the normal drinking hours. "It might be a coffee".

But that was not the only issue for a team who had five players sanctioned during the series and they have vowed to turn over a new leaf following the resignation of coach Darren Lehmann, viewed as central in forming a boorish culture.

It was too late by the timepiece landed in the fiery series to help oversee the conduct of a quiet final Test; there would always be a mountain to climb for Australia without Smith and Warner in their line-up.

And with the tourists still chasing their first run of the day, Mitchell Marsh departed via an edge through to Quinton de Kock as Philander brought up his double-century.


Australia was bowled out for 119, losing seven wickets for 31 in a whirlwind collapse.

In pursuit of a massive 612-run fourth-innings target, the Aussies were bowled out for just 119, with only opener Joe Burns (42) lasting 100 minutes at the crease. The defeat gave South Africa a 3-1 series victory, their first at home against Australia since 1969/70.

Having been given a guard of honour at the start of the day in his final Test, an injured Morne Morkel was then given one last go in Proteas colours. Earlier, Faf du Plessis hit 120 and Dean Elgar made 81 before the hosts declared their second innings at 344/6. "I think it was important for someone to drive it home by spending some time at the crease", Elgar said. We were very motivated-slash-angry after Durban, but it's very important that we dealt with our emotions very well. He is a really special guy on and off the field.

The batting resistance was non-existent, lasting only 16.4 overs and adding only 31 runs, while Philander finished the innings with 6-21 as South Africa nabbed a 3-1 series victory - their first over a touring Australian side since 1970.


Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER