AUS vs SA: Mentally, we weren't quite there, says Tim Paine

AUS vs SA: Mentally, we weren't quite there, says Tim Paine

AUS vs SA: Mentally, we weren't quite there, says Tim Paine

JOHANNESBURG -Vernon Philander grabbed six wickets in a devastating spell of swing bowling as South Africa crushed Australia by a record 492 runs to clinch the four-match series 3-1 at the Wanderers on Tuesday. Chasing an improbable target of 417 runs for victory, South Africa were in trouble at 136/5 when Markram combined with Quinton de Kock to add 147 runs for the sixth wicket and gave his side a glimmer of hope.

Australia went down by a mammoth 492 runs as they head home with their tails firmly between their legs after a desperate series that looks to have done lasting damage to the team in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. The biggest victory in Test history is also against Australia - 675 runs by England in 1928 in Don Bradman's debut.

"Coming into the (last) test match, I certainly thought we were going to be a hell of a lot better than we have been", new captain Tim Paine said. "There was probably some noise being made from the public in the previous year or so and the guys thought maybe while we kept winning and playing a certain brand of cricket, while it was working we wouldn't change it".

Warne put the heat on Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and team manager of performance Pat Howard while analysing the series defeat, Fox Sports reported.

The Handscomb wicket was his 50th against Australia, but he wasn't done. "They went nearly from motivated to motivated slash angry and they were determined to turn it around".

Earlier, during the course of the series, Morkel had become the fifth South African bowler to take 300 or more Test wickets.

In nearly every statistic, South Africa dominated the Ashes winners: Four batsmen made centuries in the series, with opener Aiden Markram collecting two.

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The match ended when Nathan Lyon (nine) was run out, a chaotic end to what has been a shambolic series for the Australians.

Morkel, who made his global debut in 2006, ended fifth on the list of South Africa's all-time leading wicket-takers with 309 Test scalps.

Darren Lehmann therefore signs off as Australia coach on a losing note and this capitulation was the final humiliation of a tour that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

The captain's 120 highlighted his side's second innings, with opener Dean Elgar compiling 81 runs in a gritty but at times painfully slow 337-ball knock.

Morkel said: "When you play in front of your home crowd, like at Newlands and here for the first couple of days, it is unbelievable".

"A lot of us have to step up and take the slack, but I think Australia has got the talent, we just have to harness it properly and if we do we will be OK".

The visitors started day one at the bottom of the barrel, and they were outplayed over all five days. "I still have a love of the game".

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