Cape Town: Australia won the third and final Test against South Africa by 245 runs at Newlands on Wednesday in a nailbiting finish with just 27 balls to spare after a day of epic home resistance. Ryan Harris bowled Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel with the first and third balls of his 25th over as Australia won the match as well as the series by two Tests to one.
Steyn and Vernon Philander (51 not out) came together with 19.5 overs remaining and survived until Harris returned to the attack for a final burst. Michael Clarke’s side became the first team to win a series against South Africa since Ricky Ponting's Australians won by the same margin in South Africa in 2008-09.
South Africa will retain their number one position in the official Test rankings, but the defeat could signal the imminent end of an era, with captain Graeme Smith retiring from international cricket.
Australia (1st innings): 494/7 decl.
South Africa (1st innings): 287.
Australia (2nd innings): 303/5 decl.
South Africa (2nd innings): A. Petersen lbw b Harris 9, G. Smith c Doolan b Johnson 3, D. Elgar b Johnson 0, H. Amla lbw b Pattinson 41, A. de Villiers c Haddin b Harris 43, K. Abbott b Pattinson 7, F. du Plessis lbw b Smith 47, J. Duminy c Lyon b Johnson 43, V. Philander (not out) 51, D. Steyn b Harris 1, M. Morkel b Harris 0. Extras (b8, lb5, nb5, w2) 20. Total (in 134.3 overs) 265.
FoW: 1-12, 2-12, 3-15, 4-68, 5-95, 6-136, 7-173, 8-246, 9-265.
Bowling: Harris 24.3-15-32-4, Johnson 34-11-92-3, Pattinson 27-10-62-2, Lyon 22-17-10-0, Watson 9-6-6-0, Smith 13-3-43-1, Clarke 5-2-7-0.