HOBART – South Africa’s Proteas cricket team routed Australia on the fourth morning of the second Test at Hobart to claim an emphatic series win with more than a day and two sessions to spare. It was their third successive series win in Australia following similar triumphs in 2008 and 2012.
The winning margin was an innings and 80 runs with Australia suffering an even worse collapse than in the first innings, losing 8 wickets for 32 runs to the combined onslaught from Man of the Match Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander.
The match was actually all over in less than seven sessions, taking into account the loss of the full second day on Sunday.
Although the wickets today were shared by Abbott and Radada, Philander deserves equal credit for the way he also built pressure, bowling one dot ball after another of precision line and length. He bowled 31 balls before he conceded a run on the morning with Australian captain Steve Smith taking 40 minutes to get off the mark.
It was this pressure that caused the devastating collapse that was to follow.
Abbott made the initial breakthroughs to get rid of Usman Khawaja and Adam Voges, then Rabada swept the middle and lower order away with a display of hostility and pace that was far too good for his opponents before Abbott wrapped up the tail.
Abbott took 6/77 in 23.1 overs to finish with a match return of 9/118.
Rabad took 4/9 in his spell and has clearly introduced a fear factor that the Australian batsmen have been unable to overcome.
As for Abbott, as the replacement for Dale Steyn he could not have done a better job.
This is certainly the Proteas most devastating win ever over Australia on Australian soil which is saying a lot considering some of the memorable moments that have occurred in the past. It includes matching the performances of the great West Indies side of the late 1980s and early 1990s of winning three series in a row in Australia.
The opportunity is now there in the day/night Test at Adelaide to complete a first ever clean sweep on Australian soil. This victory comes the day after the 25th anniversary of the Proteas first ever international victory in the third ODI of the 1991 series in India at Delhi.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated the Proteas on their Test series victory over Australia following their huge victories by 177 runs in Perth and by an innings and 80 runs in Hobart.
“With such impressive and emphatic victories, there are no words good enough to pay tribute to the team,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “They had lost their captain, AB de Villiers, before the series even started and then experienced another big blow when our attack leader, Dale Steyn, was lost barely a day into the series.
“These were massive setbacks and Hobart was, in fact, the first Test match in which we played without either AB or Dale in some 12 years. The resilience, determination and sheer excellence of this squad is something special and all the players, coaching staff and the rest of the team management deserve warm congratulations.
“Faf du Plessis as our stand-in captain and our head coach, Russell Domingo, deserve special mention. They have now led the Proteas to seven successive victories over Australia across the Test and ODI formats and that is an incredible achievement.
“We now wish them everything of the best for our historic day/night Test match in Adelaide. A clean sweep over Australia in a Test series in Australia would give this team a deserved special place in our history.
“We can certainly look forward to a triumphant homecoming and then the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka,” concluded Lorgat.
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