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Published: Wed, November 16, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Clinical South Africa thrash Australia in second Test


South Africa hurtled to a series victory over Australia on the fourth day of the second Test at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Tuesday.

November 15: After humiliating Australia in the second Test of the ongoing three-match series, Proteas stand in skipper Faf du Plessis has asserted that the Steve Smith-led side had made a mistake by sending an under-strength team to South Africa for a five-match ODI series in September and October. The visitors bettered their show in the second Test. Kyle Abbott, who was called in as Steyn's replacement, scalped nine wickets in the match; including six in the second innings. "We want to do that very badly". "It's nice to get one and make the most of it", Abbott said. It was all over in 19.2 overs on day four.

It was their third straight test series win in Australia after their 2008 and 2012 successes.

The vagaries of the schedule - which has been intensely scrutinised and fingered as a contributing factor to the Australian malaise - mean that those guaranteed a place in the side, and those vying for inclusion, will prepare for the pink ball of Adelaide with a red-ball Shield match while the South Africans will play a day-night practice match at the MCG.

"For us it was just about trying to fight and spend some time out in the middle", said Australia captain Steve Smith, who was caught behind off Kagiso Rabada for 31.

"We have been outplayed in the first two Tests, we have lost the last five Test matches".

Meanwhile, five of their counterparts first XI played red ball cricket throughout the month of October in their home country while the rest were smashing Australia 5-nil in an ODI series. "I think (Usman) Khawaja will be around for that time, I honestly believe he can be a 10-year Test player for Australia", added Ponting. "We've got to stay in long enough to create those chances and put pressure on the opposition and we haven't been able to do that".

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has waded into the unsafe waters of Twitter warfare, with recently-retired Australia firebrand Mitchell Johnson his surprising target. "At the moment it's not good enough". "I need players who are willing to get into the contest and get into the battle and pride in playing for Australia and pride in the baggy green - that's what I need", he said.

"I'm quite sick of saying it". In 2008/2009 and 2012/2013, South Africa won the series by a 2-1 and 1-0 margin. "I haven't seen it as quiet after a loss and that's understandable because of the performances", he said.

"We've got Australia in a position where they're under pressure and won't let that go". Chasing 101, Rawalpindi resumed their second innings on 17-4 but were skittled out on 88 runs, thanks to Shah and Saad Altaf's heroics, with the latter taking three scalps of his own. Australia have not really focused on the skill set required to win the matches, rather have been roping in players because they have been ok in domestic circuit.

South Africa will head to Melbourne to play a two-day game under lights at the MCG.

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