The resounding thud of South Africa`s fall on home soil capped an intriguing season of test cricket that has seen the establishment rocked and an ambitious Australia return to court with a swagger.
It was not the result he wanted but Graeme Smith`s final day as South African test captain ended with his side showing grit and dogged resilience, mirroring his 12-year international career.
When Ryan Harris hobbled into Newlands for the final day of the third test against South Africa on Wednesday, it seemed unlikely he would end up being the man to clinch the series for Australia.
Graeme Smith was out for three in his last Test innings as South Africa crashed to 15 for three chasing 511 to win on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Newlands on Tuesday.
David Warner hit a century and captain Michael Clarke battled his way back into form as Australia dominated the first day of the series-deciding third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands Saturday.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith expects an even contest between bat and ball to set up a thrilling finale in the series-deciding third test against Australia at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
Crushing victories for either side in the first two matches have set up a potentially thrilling decider when South Africa host Australia in the final test at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
Jacques Kallis retired in 12th position in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen after he inspired South Africa to a 10-wicket victory over India in the second and final Test in Durban Monday.
South Africa beat Sri Lanka by ten wickets to clinch the series 2-1 on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Newlands on Friday, despite a fighting century by Thilan Samaraweera.
Jacques Kallis and Alviro Petersen hit centuries as South Africa dominated the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at Newlands on Tuesday.
Unlike the case with Durban, where South Africa have now lost four matches in a row, history is on the home team`s side at Newlands.
Day in Pics: 26th November
Showbiz World - November 26, 2014