Dale Steyn ripped the heart out of Australia`s batting and Faf du Plessis came within a whisker of yet another century as South Africa cruised to a six-wicket victory to clinch the triangular series trophy on Saturday.
South African coach Russell Domingo has defended pace bowler Vernon Philander despite his second consecutive underwhelming series against Australia, saying that Philander had been a `phenomenal player` for South Africa for more than a year for which he should be cut some slack for his poor show in `just three quietish Tests`.
Australian captain Michael Clarke reportedly admitted that he had been out of order following a heated exchange with South Africa`s Vernon Philander during the closing stages of their third and final Test at Newlands .
South African cricketer Faf du Plessis has now reportedly turned the tables on the visitors by claiming that something was amiss about the ball reversing so early on the third day of the decisive third Test at Newlands.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is reportedly expected to be the solution to his team`s problems with the reverse swing when he returns for the series-deciding third Test against South Africa at Cape Town.
South African pace star Dale Steyn has admitted that his Australian counterpart Mitchell Johnson`s brutalizing the hosts in the first Test at Centurion Park motivated him to do the same to the visitors in the second Test.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has reportedly confirmed his fitness for the third Test against South Africa at Newlands as the visitors attempt to bounce back from its first defeat in six Test outings and clinch a series win over the world`s top-ranked Test side.
Australia opener David Warner has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee after pleading guilty to a charge of making inappropriate comments about South Africa player AB de Villiers ahead of the third and final Test, which starts here on Saturday.
Veteran South African batsman Hashim Amla has admitted that a more placid pitch was one of the main reasons behind their relatively easy handling of Australian pace sensation Mitchell Johnson in the second Test at Port Elizabeth.
The Australian media has said that the demands of an intense winter are starting to take their toll on the country`s mighty pace bowling attack, which is `under the pump` for the first time since Australia`s domination of England started at Gabba three months ago.
Veteran South African batsman Hashim Amla has said that they will head to Cape Town as ` favourites` when they take on Australia in the series-deciding third Test as the Newlands ground has been a `happy ground` for their team over the last few years.
The double failures of middle order batsmen Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh in the second Test played here, have left Australia`s desperate selectors hoping for all-rounder Shane Watson to be fit enough to play the last Test in Cape Town for the visitors.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said that pace sensation Mitchell Johnson is not faster than the legendary Jeff Thomson even though Johnson left a trail of broken bones, cracked helmets and depressed batsmen in his recent run against South Africa.
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon is moving silently up on the list of his country`s best performed off-spinners following his impressive 5-130 from a marathon 46 overs during South Africa`s meandering first innings of the second Test at Port Elizabeth, according to the Australian media.