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Cricketers pay homage to SA cricket legend Morne Morkel

05 April, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Carla Brady
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They capitulated in 81 minutes, during which Vernon Philander took a stunning 6-3 in 5.2 overs, as the Proteas recorded their first home Test series win over Australia since the end of apartheid.

In the last 16 months, Morkel has taken 67 wickets in 15 Tests at an average of just 21.67 so he will certainly be missed by the Proteas.

Although South Africa lost the first Test by 118 runs, Aiden Markram's counter-attacking century in the second innings set the tone for what was to come for him in the series. South Africa won the test series by 3-1 against Australia. Less than an hour and a half later, Australia had lost seven for 33 and the match by a massive 492 runs - the worst result for the baggy greens against any nation since 1934.

And Australia were humbled by the Proteas in the aftermath, losing the third and fourth Tests by huge margins to leave Paine - stepping up in Smith's absence - to reflect on a dismal tour. "This whole series has been probably the best we have been right through a series". Credit to everyone that played their part, at various times a lot of guys put their hands up so we can say this was a collective team effort.

The tourists were bowled out for 119 in pursuit of a fanciful 612 victory target after Philander bulldozed their batting line-up on the final morning with figures of six for South Africa.

With cricket out of the way, Paine was able to return to his broader script, one he is steadily adding to each time he speaks. "The guys were really pumped after that first game".

It quickly became apparent that Australia's stand would not be a long or fruitful one, Philander taking Shaun Marsh's wicket with the very first ball of Tuesday's play as he edged to Temba Bavuma at gully.

STOUSH OF THE SERIES: The ugly spat between Warner and Quinton de Kock in Durban was triggered by a comment South Africa's keeper made about Warner's wife. The only question was who would get the final wicket - Philander, to complete a ten-wicket match haul, Morkel to finish his last Test on a high, or someone else.

Morkel had nostalgic tears in his eyes at his final news conference, a moment that restored some spirit to the series and the sport after banned Australians Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft broke down in distress while fronting the media after they were sent home in disgrace for the ball-tampering plan. I enjoyed warm-ups, I enjoyed everything.

"We all know there were a lot of incidents in this series, but after each day I would sit in the dressing-room and sense that there was a calmness to our emotions and we were really just focused on winning games of cricket". "I've still got love for the game".



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