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South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Australia tour of South Africa 2014

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The two top-ranked Test teams have given us a gripping series and finale. It was an absolute pleasure to bring the game to you. Hope you enjoyed it. Goodbye for now. Do join us again.
It has been a memorable end to Graeme Smith's wonderful career. His team fought until the last moment but Australia were simply better on the day. They deserve every bit of applause coming their way. Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann have done a magical turnaround of the team and they will be aiming for bigger things after this. South Africa will be without their leader for long when their next series comes along but will be looking to carry his legacy forward.
Michael Clarke: 'What a series. What a summer for the Australian team. I want to thank Graeme Smith and his team for a fantastic series. I have looked up to him for a long time. He's taken the team to great heights and Australia have a lot of respect for that team. So, well done. Not performing in India, in England and coming from there to beat the No. 1 side in their backyard, we've come a long way. We can't be thankful enough to the support stuff who put in all the work. I did not like it one bit (copping the blows from Morne). He (Morkel) and Dale Steyn seem to be aiming for my head throughout. Playing South Africa has been the hardest for me as an individual player. This was no different. Mitchell has been class. All the others too. Rhino was terrific. I did not enjoy today to be honest. It was a long day. It's a fantastic result for us. We know that we need to do a lot more work to reach where South Africa is at the moment. That's where we want to be. That's our goal.'
Warner: 'Obviously it's a massive achievement for myself. Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson were terrific throughout. I was thinking about Adelaide towards the end. I've probably got my head screwed on right this time. The number of throwdowns in the nets, the practice. It all helped. As long as I'm doing the job for my team, I'm happy.'
David Warner is the Man of the Match. He is the Man of the Series as well. No surprises there.
Graeme Smith is welcomed with loud cheers. He says, 'I think the resilience and the courage shown was immense. We needed to find something today. They dug deep and it was a huge effort. I'm very proud. I want to congratulate Michael and his team for a terrific series win. We've had some terrific contests through the years. This has been really good for the game and Test cricket in particular. The retitrement was on my mind before the start of the series. I just kept putting it off. My daughter has been in and out of the hospital. I came here to Newlands as an 18-year old and I thought it was just the perfect place to sign off. From a batting perspective, in my first two seasons every journalist and commentator thought I would not last. From that to finish with as many Tests runs has been huge for me. I've shared the dressing room with plenty of excellent people and that has been the highlight of my leadership stint. I want to thank my wife and two kids for all their support and my family. This is the first series that we have lost at home in 8 years. The guys can be very proud of it. The culture within the side and to see it grow from strength to strength. Lastly, I would like to thank the fans. The people who came up to me on the streets, the people who came out to buy tickets. Your support means the world to me and it will stay with me till the end of my life. Thank you!'
Time for the presentations now.
The whole series had a lot of brilliant individual performances. So did this Test. David Warner's twin tons set it up for Australia. Clarke came out of a little slump to get a ton. Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson shared 14 wickets between themselves and it was a thorough team show through and through.
Right. Time to catch my breath. Clarke applauds the sparse Australian contingent present. This is the first time since 2012 that a team has won overseas (in the top 8 Test nations). England's win in India was the one before. No team managed to do so in 2013 but Australia, after winning the Ashes, have come to South Africa and clinched it 2-1. What's more? South Africa are yet to win a series against Australia at home since re-admission.
Johnson: 'We did not think about Adelaide throughout the day. It was terrific the way Rhino bowled today. We did our parts and stuck with it. They did a great job with batting. There was not too much time left. They were in it for the long haul. That's what Test cricket is all about. They stuck it out and so did we. We came out victorious and that's fantastic.
Harris: 'That was unbelievable. I was getting very tired. Vernon Philander batted really well. We bowled really well today. I just wanted to come in and bowl as fast as I could. I managed to get one under Dale. He was batting well. The last one was just lucky. It's nice to take wickets. That was proper Test match cricket. That was bloody hard.'
These pitctures are quite revealing. Both teams are smiling and shaking hands very warmly. It's been tooth and nail on the field but they do share a lot of respect off it. AB de Villiers looks completely distraught.
Harris goes off in a celebratory run even as his team-mates engulf him. Ryan Harris has been phenomenal. Spare a thought for Graeme Smith. He walks out to shake hands now. His face does not reveal anything. Shane Warne and Michael Clarke have extended chats with him. So does Johnson.
134.3 Ryan Harris to Morne Morkel W
out Bowled!! Harris is the hero! What a show from him! This was full and pacy from round the wicket. Morkel does not get the bat down in time and the stumps are shattered. Australia are ecstatic! Australia have beaten the No. 1 ranked Test side in the world in their own backyard. M Morkel b R Harris 0(2)
10 wickets down for RSA. Out batsman is Morne Morkel. It is all over for RSA.
134.2 Ryan Harris to Morne Morkel 0
no run, R Harris goes down the legside from round the wicket. Morne survives one

Match details

Toss : Australia won the toss and elected to bat first

Man of the Series : David Warner

Umpires : Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)

TV umpire : Richard Illingworth (England)

Match referee : Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)

Teams

South Africa : Graeme Smith(c), Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.

Australia : Chris Rogers, David Warner, Alex Doolan, Michael Clarke(c), Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin(wk), Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.

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