Philander bowls SA to historic win

Arnold Nichols
April 5, 2018

The Proteas, thanks to a superb Vernon Philander (6/21), has cruised to victory in the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Wanderers. This 492-run victory is South Africa's fourth win by over 300 runs since the start of 2017: they won by 340 runs against England, 333 runs against Bangladesh and by 322 runs against Australia in the previous Test.

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"We've got a fair bit of time now", he said.

"We re disappointed with the way we handled it".

"Mentally we weren t quite there".


"A lot of us have to step up and take the slack, but I think Australia has got the talent, we just have to harness it properly and if we do we will be OK". "Obviously it (the ball-tampering episode) had more of an effect on guys than probably we knew ourselves".

The meek surrender, which came after Paine fought incredibly hard on day three while batting with a broken thumb, capped one of Australia's most-incredible tours.

"We have found out in the last month that the Australian public don't like the way we go about it, so it is pretty simple, we have to improve our behaviour". Since then, Australia's captain and vice-captain have been sacked in disgrace, the coach has resigned, and Tim Paine, not even part of Tasmania's team at the start of the summer, is now the skipper. That will continue to happen.

"I'm excited for the new guy coming in who can enjoy a fantastic journey with the Proteas now, but I will definitely miss the game. From my point of view we ve got to find a fine line between being really respectful of the opposition and also being at a level that is really competitive".

Australia were rolled for 119, suffering their second-heaviest defeat - in terms of runs - in Test history.

"This means a lot to us", he said. "And I believe this is the best we have been right through a series". Looking back at his global 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.

"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.

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