South Africa beat Australia, take series 3-1

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JOHANNESBURG -Vernon Philander grabbed six wickets in a devastating spell of swing bowling as South Africa crushed Australia by a record 492 runs to clinch the four-match series 3-1 at the Wanderers on Tuesday.

Against all expectations, he featured in the first game and did reasonably well but a crushing defeat warranted some changes on the part of the hosts, so Morkel was left out in favour of Ngidi, who justified his selection in South Africa's series-equalling win in the second Test. Cricket Australia won the first Test against Proteas and so, their journey in South Africa started well.

The lanky paceman went past 300 Test wickets during the third Test at Newlands and played through the pain to snap up two wickets in the final innings as Australia were thrashed by 492 runs.

A review showed Lyon to be short as De Kock removed the bails, a woeful ending that summed up Australia's day, Test and series.

QUOTE OF THE SERIES: "I'm incredibly sorry for trying to bring the game into disrepute the way we did today".

"The opportunity to get home and take a breath and reset and start again might be refreshing to guys in the next couple of days. This series has been incredible the way we have put it all together".

The Handscomb wicket was his 50th against Australia, but he wasn't done.

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Philander took six wickets for three runs in 32 balls to carve through the tourists and keep fellow seamer Morne Morkel (two for 28) wicketless on his final morning of worldwide cricket before his retirement.

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. "They went nearly from motivated to motivated slash angry and they were determined to turn it around".

Australia were previously bowled out for 221 run in their first innings in reply to South Africa's huge total of 488 runs. "Since then walking onto the field for South Africa was unbelievable so that was a big turnaround for me in my worldwide career". No Australian made a hundred.

Markram went on to score two centuries and finish the leading run-scorer of the four-Test series, tallying 480 runs at 60. The run out denied South Africa's Morne Morkel one more wicket in his last test before retiring.

Kagiso Rabada collected man-of-the-series honours, having shifted momentum last month with a haul of 11-150 in Port Elizabeth that helped the Proteas level the series 1-1. "I wanted to be on the field", he said.

"For Aiden in his first big series, 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".

"Australia have a lot of questions to answer and I believe heads must roll on and off the field. I've still got love for the game".