In winning the controversial four-game series 3-1, Vernon Philander took a career-best 6-21 as South Africa emphatically beat Australia in the fourth Test.
In the 3rd test, the ball-tampering scandal arose and Australia was without the banned Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. Into the 5th day, the tourists were 88-3 and meekly collapsed to 119 all out to lose by 492 runs.
Since 1970, this series win was South Africa’s first over Australia at home. Darren Lehmann, the Australian coach has resigned in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.
He saw his side make 221 in response to South Africa’s first innings of 488 in which Aiden Markram made 152. Morkel said: “It’s tough to put it into words, I’m obviously very emotional but it’s been a great journey.
“I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I was given and to go out on a high – the mission was to beat the Aussies on home turf and to accomplish that is a special feeling.”
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