Philander stars in S.Africa's 3-1 Test series win vs Australia
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Australia suffer 492 run loss to South Africa in 4th test

by Sahir Usman Apr 03, 2018 • 19:27 PM

Johannesburg, April 3 - South Africa rode on paceman Vernon Philander's sensational spell (6/21) to thrash Australia by 492 runs in the final Test and clinch the four-match series 3-1 at the Wanderers Stadium here on Tuesday.

This is the Protea's first Test series win at home over Australia since 1970.

Many were wondering whether Morne Morkel would produce an outstanding swansong on his final day as a South Africa Test cricketer, but he was robbed of the limelight by his fellow quick Philander.

Australia's day got off to a horrid start and never looked to improve. Philander was on the money on the first ball of the day as Shaun Marsh clipped an inside-edge onto his pad, which gifted a simple catch to gully.

His second scalp was his 200th Test wicket as Mitchell Marsh departed for nought. Philander had set the tone. From thereon, Australia could only delay the inevitable and they barely did that. The next delivery dropped just short of third slip.

Neutral supporters were denied the chance to see Morkel, who took 2/18 on day four, first up, as Kagiso Rabada also found his lines straight away. There can't have been too many supporters outside of Australia, who didn't want to see the towering quick go out with a bang.


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