David Warner was delighted with his century in his century in the second innings in Centurion said he rode his luck with the South African fielders, whom he thought were lazy and sloppy. Warner hoped that the cracks would open up on the wicket and Mitchell Johnson can capitalise on it.

“We were outplayed from the word go,” said South African captain Graeme Smith. “It was one of the most disappointing four days we have had in my time.”

Smith said South Africa had a good opportunity to take control when they had Australia 98 for four after sending them in.

But he admitted that he had made the wrong decision at the toss, condemning his team to batting as conditions deteriorated on a dry, cracked surface.

“I have never seen this wicket play like this before,” he said.

Johnson’s match figures of 12 for 127 bettered his previous match best of 11 for 159 against South Africa in Perth in 2008/09.