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

Kyle Abbott stars as South Africa thrash Australia in Hobart

"We've lost five times in a row and for an Australian cricket team that's humiliating and I'm embarrassed to be sitting here in this position, to be honest with you".

"We know how hard it is".

Australia's hapless performances in the 2-0 series loss to South Africa came in for huge criticism from the country's local media on Wednesday, with demands for heads to roll in both the dressing room and the corridors of power at Cricket Australia. We want to create memories as a team together. "To come here and do what we've done is right up there certainly in my career".

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

"Speechless! Think I'm gana have a beer at 3am", spearhead Dale Steyn posted on Twitter, having flown home for shoulder surgery after suffering an injury in the first Test. We have been consistent in the way we perform.

"No one can tell me or guarantee that is actually the case because there are plenty of summers gone by where we've had a similar preparation to the season and done well".

South Africa have dominated Australia so far.

The pace trio of Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada were each phenomenal in their respective bowling spells in the second test, as they clawed hastily away at the Aussie batting attack for the Proteas' single total to be enough to win by an innings.

It didn't take long for the rot to set in with Khawaja falling four overs into the day's play for 64. In the first innings, Smith's unbeaten 48 accounts for more than half of Australia's 85 all out.

De Kock became only the fourth South African to register 50 or more in five consecutive Tests after he swept spinner Nathan Lyon for four over wide mid-on.

"But we haven't this time and that gives cause for us to challenge ourselves on how we prepare our players".

Players are drifting in and out of the side on a whim with experienced campaigners left out (Usman Khawaja in Sri Lanka), bowlers being dropped due to their batting skills or lack of them (Jackson Bird in Hobart), and rookies plucked from Shield cricket and dropped as quick as if they are rolling a dice (take your pick). "You've got to have an eye to the future as well", added Lehmann.

"We were really good at making sure we stopped that".

"They've got a full strength team; there's no injuries". It took just 95 minutes for them to finish Australia off on the fourth morning.

During the 54th over, with Australia 5-150, Nine's Wide World of Sport cameras showed du Plessis - with a round, white lolly on his tongue - licking his finger before rubbing the Kookaburra and repeating the act at least two more times.

"I am hurting. It's another disappointing performance", Smith said.

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