HOBART: South Africa demolished Australia by an innings and 80 runs after yet another batting collapse to claim their third successive Test series Down Under Tuesday, plunging the hosts further into crisis. Watch Australia vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 4 highlights.
The Proteas bowled out the home side for 161 before lunch on the fourth day, rattling through their last eight wickets for 32 in 116 balls, after routing Australia for 85 in the first innings.
The overpowering victory followed a 177-run win against Steve Smith’s shattered team in the first Perth Test, with South Africa emulating the intimidating West Indies sides of the 1980-1990s with three straight series wins in Australia.
“I didn’t expect it to happen that quickly, to get eight wickets in one of those sessions and one we will always remember as a team that won us a series,” victorious skipper Faf du Plessis said. “That ranks right up at the top.
“It is special for us. To win a series 2-0 with one game to play, I am very proud of the way the team is moving forward.”
The second innings destruction cranked up more pressure on Australian skipper Smith and coach Darren Lehmann and intensified calls for significant team changes for the final day-night Test in Adelaide next week.
It was Australia’s fifth consecutive Test defeat this year, having also lost all three Tests in Sri Lanka in August.