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South Africa win fourth Test after explosive spell of bowling by Philander

South Africa's Morne Morkel celebrates with the trophy and team mates after winning the series
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South Africa 488 (Markram 152) & 344 - 6dec ( Elgar 81, du Plessis 120) v

Australia 221 (Khawaja 53, Paine 62, Cummins 50) & 119 (Philander 6-21)

Fourth Test, Johannesburg, day five – South Africa win by 492 runs

South Africa won an historic Test series against Australia after Vernon Philander demolished the Australian middle and lower order batsmen, with a flurry of wickets in the first session of play.

Philander finished on 6 -21 as Australia were bundled out for 119 in the 2nd Innings. There was little batting resistance and that only lasted 16.4 overs, adding just 31 runs. South Africa won the series 3-1  — their first over a touring Australian side since 1970. Vernon Philander was man of the match and Kagiso Rabada man of the series.

A disappointing end to the tour for Australia, which had started well in Durban before South Africa won in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and then the Wanderers. It all really went wrong for Australia in Cape Town with the ‘ball tampering’ affair and they would not recover from that on this tour.

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