Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Australia crushed by South Africa in first Test since ball-tampering scandal

Australia crushed by South Africa in first Test since ball-tampering scandal

A lead that had been 401 accreted to 612, the home side finally declaring on 6 for 344. "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. "At the moment there is a fair bit of disappointment and borderline embarrassment in the dressing rooms". He was hit twice on the finger he broke in February and once on the helmet for his 120‚ his first Test century in 14 innings. Australia started the morning at 88/3, hoping to bat out the day and deny South Africa victory.

After the second Test in PE, Rabada also became the No 1 ranked bowler in Test cricket.

With cricket out of the way, Paine was able to return to his broader script, one he is steadily adding to each time he speaks. "He only deserves the best". "Morne's been a special player", he said. "Nice guys come second". He is a really special guy on and off the field. "Whoever comes in next will have big boots to fill". It's a fitting finale for him.

Morkel himself was typically shy. "The last month, the last couple of weeks, have been exceptional", he said. "It's definitely the most docile Test (against Australia) since I played Test cricket. They have made it very, very special".

Morne Morkel, in his final Test match, is battling a side strain. However, he wasn't going to let that affect his last outing. Not one day did I not enjoy coming to nets and warm-ups. It's amusing how things work out.

Having the captain contributing always makes a difference, which is why du Plessis needed the hundred more than he wanted it. I'll miss this environment, I will miss this lot. "It's been an unbelievable journey".

Sunny Saturday, snow shower possible Easter Sunday
The Met Office's yellow "be aware" warning for rain runs from 15:00 BST on Friday to 10:00 on Saturday covering south east Wales. With this system moving through overnight, we will be cold enough for a quick thump of snowfall lasting into Monday morning.

Cummins nailed Quinton de Kock in front of his stumps the next over, his best match figures of 9 for 139 rewarding endless effort.

"This series has been different to others because of all the stuff that was going on behind the scenes". "This series has been remarkable", he said. "Our bowling unit was exceptional".

"It's been a long summer, a lot of games". It's a proud captain standing here.

Without diving into the now monotonous story of Bancroft's methods, the orders issued to him from his two leaders from beforehand, coach Darren Lehmann's unawareness of the criminal ideas, the predictable consequences of the same on the trio, Lehmann's resignation and the public emotional outburst from the sacked "leadership group", the match will never be remembered for South Africa's massive win by 322 runs.

Matters reached marshmallow melting point on Monday when Joe Burns‚ one of the replacements flown over from Australia at short notice after the visitors' nadir at Newlands‚ chased after Aiden Markram at the Golf Course End. "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". It is very important because you ultimately want to play for 10 to 15 years and you have to have some sort of plan.

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. Since that incident in Cape Town, they scored 447 runs for the loss of 30 wickets as the "mental disintegration" they are so famous for inflicting on opponents proved to be their own downfall. They completely outplayed us, we can't hide behind the fact they've been too skilled for us. "You can see how much it means to him though, we have given him probably five or six send-offs this Test match already".

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