‘Woke up early and the highlights were on’: South Africa rejoice in Australia hammering

South Africa beat Australia for a third away Test series in a row after clinching the second Test in Hobart on the fourth day.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 15, 2016 4:51 pm
Australia, Australian cricket team, South Africa, South Africa cricket team, Australia vs South Africa, Aus vs SA, Australia South Africa Test series, Aus SA Test, Kyle Abbott, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, SA Aus reactions, SA Aus Twitter, cricket news, cricket, sports, sports news South Africa had the second Test wrapped up before lunch on the fourth day. (Source: Reuters)

South Africa handed Australia a humiliating innings and 80 runs defeat on the fourth day of the second Test in Hobart. Commencing from 120 runs behind, the hosts lost eight wickets in a miraculous and embarrassing collapse that also saw them losing the series 2-0 with a third Test – a day night – to be played in Adelaide. To add to former World No 1 side’s misery, they have now lost five Tests in a row – three in Sri Lanka and two at home.

Kyle Abbott was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa with figures of 6/77 and was ably supported by fellow seamer Kagiso Rabido who picked the remainder (4/34). The win ensures South Africa have won an away series against Australia for a third time in a row.

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This isn’t Australia’s first mortifying collapse. In the first innings, Australia were bowled out for 85 and now, on the fourth day, lost eight wickets for a meager 32 runs.

Despite Usman Khawaja’s battling innings on the third day, it proved to be for nought as he became the first to fall on a day of carnage. Adam Voges followed soon after and has created doubts about his stay in the side after 0 and 2 in the Test and a combined 28 runs in the first Test – which the Aussies lost by 177 runs.

To add to South Africa’s achievement, they came into the series without arguably their best batsman – AB de Villiers, who is injured – and lost their best seamer – Dale Steyn, to a shoulder injury – and yet managed to thrash the Australians.

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The win gave former Proteas plenty to celebrate while it is a time to reflect for the current Australian setup including players, selectors, coaches and administrators.

The third Test of the series begins on November 24 at the Adelaide Oval which is a day-night contest.