Australia were bowled out for a paltry 119 in their second innings to succumb to their heaviest ever loss to South Africa in terms of runs, their second biggest defeat against any opponent and the fourth biggest loss in test cricket. South Africa completed their biggest victory over the Australians in tests in terms of runs, and also completed their first home series win over the demoralised visitors since 1970. The Australian side have been rocked by a ball-tampering scandal in which former captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were sent home after the third test in Cape Town before being slapped with hefty bans.
Australia collapse to 119 all out as South Africa win the 4th Test by 492 runs. South Africa win the controversial series 3/1. Scorecard ?https://t.co/N4qUWnv6gD#SAvAUS #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/Rc6PfjpPxY— Test Match Special (@bbctms) April 3, 2018
Captain Tim Paine said during the final test that the side wanted to put in a performance that would make the Australian public proud, but the home side dominated the contest right from the moment they won the toss. Philander took six wickets for three runs in 32 balls on the fifth day to carve through the tourists and keep fellow seamer Morne Morkel (2-28) wicketless on his final morning of international cricket before his retirement.
Vernon Philander rips through Australia with a career best 6/21 in a 492 run win, South Africa's biggest ever win by runs! South Africa win the series 3-1!#SAvAUS scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/FTEKOfAmIs pic.twitter.com/NazdWXRf1b— ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2018
Pat Cummins (one) left a delivery that cannoned into his off-stump and Chadd Sayers (zero) edged to Dean Elgar in the gulley as the Australian innings ended in a rush of failures. The match was brought to a conclusion when Nathan Lyon (nine) was run out, a chaotic end to what has been a shambolic series for the tourists.
SOUTH AFRICA SEAL HISTORIC WIN ??? South Africa thrash Australia 3-1 to win their first ever home test Test series against the visitors since unity in emphatic style. Kagiso Rabada taking 23 wickets and Aiden Markram scoring 480 runs in the series. #SAvAUS #SABCcricket pic.twitter.com/yfEabkjese— SABC Sport (@SPORTATSABC) April 3, 2018