Vernon Philander has Australia on cusp of defeat

Vernon Philander has Australia on cusp of defeat

Vernon Philander has Australia on cusp of defeat

The final-day carnage began with Philander nipping one in to Shaun Marsh, whose inside edge ricocheted off his leg and was taken in the cordon by Temba Bavuma.

They capitulated in 81 minutes, during which Vernon Philander took a stunning 6-3 in 5.2 overs, as the Proteas recorded their first home Test series win over Australia since the end of apartheid.

Australia were mentally affected by the ball-tampering scandal of the third Test against South Africa as they slumped to a 3-1 series defeat, according to stand-in captain Tim Paine. "Everybody wanted something special to happen, and the team wanted something special for Morne".

But it will be a drained and deflated dressing room on the final night of the tour, exhausted bodies crashing into sleep, hoping to wake to one last rally that might show some manifestation of new resolve. I'm going to miss this guy.

Australia were previously bowled out for 221 run in their first innings in reply to South Africa's huge total of 488 runs.

In his final Test for the national team, the pacer walked away with a side strain in the first innings, after bowling almost 13 overs picking up the wicket of the Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.

South Africa not only won the series 3-1 but also stamped their highest Test win and the second worst loss by Australia - both in terms of runs.

"We're going to miss Morne", he said.

"We need new people who are passionate about the game. He only deserves the best".

In the meantime, captain Faf du Plessis was hit by a fast Pat Cummins ball that rose sharply, splitting his finger from the nail downward. He is the amusing guy in the dressing room, and he'll be missed a lot on the field. "The next guy has big shoes to fill". We're not immature emotionally and we had to handle things the right way even when the series got a bit heated and there were a lot of incidents. It's a fitting finale for him.

Morkel himself was typically shy. Each team-mate embraced him warmly after Nathan Lyon was run out for the last wicket, and when the stage was opened for him to say his thank yous, he kept it brief. There have been a couple of mornings when I'd wake up and look at the paper and I thought 'wait until I see you guys in the street'.

"I am saying goodbye to a special bunch of guys, boys, brothers - I can only be the man I am team today playing in a fantastic culture and environment. They have made it very, very special". A bowler who so often has supporters urging him to pitch the ball up, Morkel's side strain may have made it harder to bowl short. I'm pretty sure it's not going to last very long.

The visitors started day one at the bottom of the barrel, and they were outplayed over all five days.

"But that's fine, if you're not personal and just having a competitive edge on the field, I'm extremely happy with that". The fifty came up in 199 balls, a strike rate of a shave over 25%, but of those 180 were dot balls.

"It's tough to put it into words". "I'm grateful for all opportunities I've been given".

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