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Philander bowls South Africa to 3-1 series triumph

Vernon Philander needed just three overs to complete the double of 200 career Test wickets and 50 wickets against Australia before completing a quick-fire demolition with career-best figures of 6/21 on the final morning of the fourth Sunfoil Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday.

The day’s play lasted little more than an hour as the Proteas achieved the huge winning margin of 492 runs, the biggest ever in South Africa’s history. It completed a 3-1 series win, giving the Proteas their first home Test series win over Australia.

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South Africa squeeze out 400 run lead against Australia

South Africa had to overcome stubborn Australian resistance as they ground out a 400-run overall lead on the third day of the final Sunfoil Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

The Proteas first ran into opposition from the overnight batting pair, captain Tim Paine and Pat Cummins, who put on 99 for the seventh wicket before the last three wickets fell relatively quickly to give the home side a huge lead of 267 runs on the first innings. Remarkably, this one major partnership was Australia’s biggest of the entire series.

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Bavuma sets up excellent day for Proteas against Australia

Temba Bavuma led the way as the Standard Bank Proteas produced the near-perfect performance on day two of the final Sunfoil Test match against Australia at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. The day could be summed up in statistics as the Proteas scored 175 runs while losing their last four first innings wicket and then Australia crashed to 110/6 by the close.

The only disappointment for the Proteas was the fact that Bavuma ran out of partners after reaching 95 (194 balls, 13 fours) when he so richly deserved to go on to his second career century and his first against Australia.

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Markram lays Proteas foundation before Australia hit back

Aiden Markram scored his second century of the series as he laid the perfect foundation for the Standard Bank Proteas as they started their quest to win their first home Test series victory against Australia since unity at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

The Proteas momentum was, however, slightly set back when Australia fought back to take the wickets of Markram, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers in the space of 52 runs.

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Morne Morkel bowls South Africa to 2-1 series lead

Morne Morkel came agonisingly close to his first ever 10-wicket haul as he spearheaded South Africa to their second successive four-day victory over Australia at PPC Newlands on Sunday.

He took 5/23, including two wickets off successive balls, to go with his 4/87 in the first innings to give him a career-best 9/110 in the match. It was the first time he had taken 9 wickets in a Test match. He was named Sunfoil Man of the Match.

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