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Australia clinched a series win over South Africa and remained on top of the world rankings after completing a crushing 175-run victory in the second Test on Tuesday.....

Written by Reuters | Durban | Published: March 11, 2009 1:55 am

Australia clinched a series win over South Africa and remained on top of the world rankings after completing a crushing 175-run victory in the second Test on Tuesday.

South Africa resumed on 244 for two,chasing an unlikely target of 546 to square the series,and quickly lost Jacques Kallis for 93 when paceman Mitchell Johnson found the edge with a rising ball and Ricky Ponting took the catch in the slip cordon.

AB de Villiers,who had put on 187 for the third wicket with Kallis,then fell for 84 as he pushed forward at fast bowler Peter Siddle and was caught behind by Brad Haddin. Wickets continued to come regularly for Australia and South Africa’s second innings eventually came to an end on 370,15 minutes before tea.

“I am extremely proud of our whole group,” Australia captain Ponting said after the match. “Coming here we had our backs to the wall but we decided we would give ourselves a really good chance of being competitive in this series. We have played some amazing cricket and the debutants we have had in the two Test matches have been unbelievable. Whenever you can bounce back from a loss against a very good side like South Africa,it is very satisfying.”

Home skipper Graeme Smith agreed his team were outplayed. “It is a huge disappointment but I still think there’s a big future for this team.”

Brief scores: Australia 352 & 331/5 decl; South Africa 138 & 370 all out in 132.2 overs (J Kallis 93,AB de Villiers 84; P Siddle 3/61,S Katich 3/45)

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