Australia in Australia in 2008-09, in a Test series for the first time since re-admission.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine‚ Smith's replacement as Australia's captain‚ offered Temba Bavuma a friendly hug around the thighs - a gentle rugby tackle‚ perhaps - after the ball nestled between the flap of one of Bavuma's pads and his leg as he batted at the Golf Course End during South Africa's first innings on Saturday. "They can play their cricket however they want to", Rabada said. But he said he was disappointed at the lack of fight shown as Vernon Philander ripped through his team on the final morning.

Earlier, during the course of the series, Morkel had become the fifth South African bowler to take 300 or more Test wickets.

Starting off the day on 88/3, Australia lost batsman Shaun Marsh on the first ball of the day as he was dismissed by Philander for seven runs. They crashed from 88 for three to 119 all out in 16.4 overs.


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. "We're disappointed with the way we handled it". Mentally we weren't quite there. Once you've hurt something, you seem to keep hurting it if you don't have time off from the game. Obviously (the ball-tampering affair) had more of an effect on guys than we knew.

But in the end, two fighting Indian victories to one valiant Australian win and the visiting captain Steven Smith's leading act from the front with three centuries attracted as much attention as did the controversies.

"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".

"It was evident in this match that we have changed somewhat and that will continue to happen".


"We have to find the fine line between being really respectful of the opposition and also being at a level that is really competitive, as you should be in test cricket".

It is the fourth-heaviest runs defeat in Test cricket history - the heaviest since 1934 - and seals South Africa's 3-1 series win. A lot of us have got to step up and take the slack. "This whole series has been probably the best we have been right through a series".

"We've potentially maybe had our head in the sand a little bit over the last 12 months", Paine told reporters after Australia's series loss in South Africa. "When we beat Australia the first time and (Jacques) Kallis was crying on the bus, you sort of realised what it meant", he said.

"This series has been different to others because of all the stuff that was going on behind the scenes". "There are a lot of things that came together". It's pretty simple. We have to listen.


"Our bowling unit was exceptional‚ all of them‚ as a batting unit there we guys who chipped in and we never felt that we were under pressure". "We nearly went from motivated to motivated/angry to try and turn it around".

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