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SA seven wickets away from 3-1 and history

The victory was secured with their biggest ever win by runs in Tests, a 492-run humiliation of a scandal-hit Australia at the Wanderers.

Most importantly, though, the Proteas have beaten Australia for the first time in a home Test series since re-admission in 1991 - and the first since Ali Bacher's iconic team of 1969/70.

Burns, one of three replacements for the Australian trio banned for their role in a ball-tampering scandal, made 42 off 84 balls with five fours and a six. But in the 3rd Test, South Africa got a big victory at Cape Town.

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"We've lost two of our best players - two of the best players in the world - and Cameron Bancroft's our leading run-scorer in the series. It was nice to see him solider on, that's what leaders do and I never expected him to do anything else".

"A lot of guys say they don't miss the game, but I'm definitely going to miss it".

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The Australian batsmen could not handle Philander, to the point where Pat Cummins opted to rather not play him. After watching the Proteas raise the trophy, their first win at home in these contests since 1970, he conceded that the ball-tampering saga had finally worn his team down after what he called a "brutal" week. In four Tests, Elgar has faced 858 balls, over 100 more than his nearest competitor Aiden Markram (754) and more than twice what the nearest Australian, Tim Paine (426 balls) has seen.

"We're disappointed with the way we handled it", Paine said.

Faf du Plessis - "It means a lot to us to get in the history books and it's also wonderful that a lot of guys have put their hands up for us at different stages of the series". They may walk on the same path after crushing defeats on the opposition's soil in 2018, with a complete overhaul on the cards to aim for a revamped culture under a new captain and a fresh coach. There are some gaps we have to fill, but on the flip side, it's a huge opportunity for someone to step up and play Test cricket for Australia.

Australia were in tatters at 95/6, and it didn't get any better. Not one day did I not enjoy coming to the nets and warm-ups ... The loss meant that Australia suffered its first Test series defeat to South Africa in over 50 years, specifically since the latter was re-admitted to global cricket in 1992. That record, of missing out on a series win over Australia at home for so long, bugged South African cricket for a long time. He took his 50th Test catch to end the Australian innings, diving full length after running back from mid-off and though the scorecard won't show it, it's Elgar's moment of the last month.

"If you are slightly off mentally in Test cricket you get exposed", he began. "Amusing enough, I was landing the ball better than normal", he added.

"We're not going to win too many series without a Test hundred".

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