Twitter Reactions: Australia steams South Africa in MCG test by innings and 182 runs to clinch series

Australia recorded their first home series win against South Africa since the summer of 2005-06 after an upset victory in the Boxing Day Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. The result also derailed South Africa’s hopes of qualifying for the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Now the Proteas must win the final game of the series to remain eligible for the WTC Finals.

The tourists were bowled out for 204 within 69 overs in the second innings, with Tem Bavuma the only batter to reach a half-century. His 63 run represents the fifth wicket with Kyle Verreynne was the only partnership that grew to over 50. Verreynne was the second top scorer with 33 for the visitors.

Nathan Lyons had a fruitful performance on day 4 as he took three wickets for 58. Likewise Scott Boland packed a few scalps. Pat Cumminsinsane attempt to allow just 20 runs in 16 overs and make good use of the DRS to get rid of Sarah Erwee and Mark Jansen also stood out.

Earlier in the game, Australia declared their first innings at a huge 575/8 thanks to David Warner’s stunning double century and Alex Carey‘s first ton in response to South Africa’s only 189.

“It (the victory) is right there. We’ve had some great games with South Africa. We hadn’t won at home for 20 years, I think, pretty special. I thought the way Warner and Smith hit in the heat was pretty brave. Starc and Green also left their injuries behind and showed up. Davey was fantastic, you could see his energy from ball one, and to do it in his 100th Test is amazing. He (Carey) has really solidified his place on the Test side, and getting a hundred in a Boxing Day Test is special,’ said Aussie skipper Cummins after the game.

Short score: Australia 575/8 Dec (David Warner 200, Alex Carey 111, Steve Smith 85) beat South Africa 189 (Marco Jansen 59, Kyle Verreynne 52, Cameron Green 5/27) & 204 (Temba Bavuma 65; Nathan Lyon 3/58) with an innings and 182 runs.

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