April 20, 2018

South Africa win fourth Test after explosive spell of bowling by Philander

05 April 2018, 01:01 | Kristopher Drake

Dean Elgar's superb catch ended Tim Paine's innings as Australia battled against South Africa

Dean Elgar's superb catch ended Tim Paine's innings as Australia battled against South Africa

In the last 16 months, Morkel has taken 67 wickets in 15 Tests at an average of just 21.67 so he will certainly be missed by the Proteas.

"This means a lot to us", South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said. Looking back at his worldwide career, Morkel's said the win that stands out most for him was being a part of the side that famously beat Australia in Australia in 2008-09, in a Test series for the first time since re-admission.

Paine conceded that South Africa had been the better side since Australia claimed a 118-run win in the opening test in Durban and that the tourists had wilted under the pressure.

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. "I thought we were going to be better than we were". "There was probably some noise being made from the public in the past year or so and the guys thought maybe while we kept winning and playing a certain brand of cricket, while it was working we wouldn't change it".

"It's a line in the sand for Australian cricket and it's time to say - right, this is unacceptable, we can not play like we've seen these last two weeks", the legendary legspinner said.

"Once the new coach comes in and lays down the way he wants us to play as well, has his say on it, I think we'll go for it straight away". "We nearly went from motivated to motivated/angry to try and turn it around".

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SOUTH AFRICA: First innings 488 & 2nd innings 344 for 6 decl. No Australian made a hundred.

South Africa's bowlers picked up four five-wicket hauls and a ten-for compared to two five-fors by Australia. It was Philander's 200th wicket in his 54th Test.

As Australia were ruthlessly skittled for a paltry 119 and Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel et al looked unplayable, it hit home just how much work there is to be done in this Australian camp without Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Darren Lehmann. The South African pacers averaged 18.59 runs per wicket, while Australia's pacers conceded 32.13 runs per wicket.

The match ended when Nathan Lyon (nine) was run out, a chaotic end to what has been a shambolic series for the Australians.

"I remember coming out to bat with him in Durban and there was a lot of chirp that he only scores runs against the small nations", du Plessis told reporters.

"Australia have a lot of questions to answer and I believe heads must roll on and off the field. But I'm moving quite well, hopefully it will be 10 or 12 days and I can get cracking on again", said Morkel about the status of his injury. "I've still got the love for the game", he added.

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