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Published: Thu, November 17, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Africa hammer hapless Australia to win Test series


During the Sri Lanka series, Steve Smith after suffering a 3-0 Test series defeat left the team for home.

South Africa have now won their past three away Test series against Australia, with the two teams now heading to Adelaide the final Test. "I thought they bowled beautifully again this morning".

After being bowled out for 85 in the first innings, Australia lost 32-8 in the second in the huge loss.

"I do think they didn't play enough Shield cricket leading into it, so you don't get into that mindset of just batting time", he told SEN Radio.

Smith is now top-ranked batsmen in the world, with 15 centuries to his name in 45 Tests, but his role as a captain has been under the scanner following five successive Test defeats that also saw Australia slip to third from first in the team rankings.

"This cricket team is a tough team to get a win against them on their home soil", said South African captain Faf du Plessis.

"We are not resilient enough, we are not digging in enough, we are not having the pride in our wicket. and something has got to change".

Offspinner Nathan Lyon's form has mirrored Australia's in a five-Test losing streak, although he has suffered from the side's batting woes, and former Test opener Chris Rogers tipped it wouldn't be "anywhere near the same side for the next Test".

Australia coach Darren Lehmann guaranteed there would be further changes to the team before Adelaide but Smith gave a bleak prognosis of the available replacements.

"And it is happening way too consistently for my liking".

"It is not working. We're lucky to be a Top 10 side at the moment, but I also do believe that by sticking to the process the players can work through that and can turn things around", he added.

It brought Adam Voges to the crease under enormous pressure to save his faltering Test career after a highest score of 47 in his last 10 innings. Whether the ball is seaming or spinning or swinging we don't have an answer at the moment.

Rising talent Rabada completed the rout with 4-34, following on from his five-wicket haul at the WACA.

Usman Khawaja top-scored with 64 while Smith made 31 but no other batsman on day four made more than six in a awful performance by the Baggy Greens.

Warner, who was seeking redemption after his reckless dismissal in the opening over of the first innings, lost his wicket while at the forefront of Australia's fightback at the Bellerive Oval.

Debutant number six Callum Ferguson, who ran himself out for three in the first innings, managed one run before trying to duck a Rabada delivery only for the ball to stay low and ping off his glove to Dean Elgar at third slip.

Rabada dismissed Peter Nevill and Joe Mennie within the space of three balls before finally ending Smith's resistance in his next over, having the skipper caught behind for 31.

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