Century from Johnson not enough to stop South Africa
Australia 209 & 422 South Africa 651
Not even a buccaneering innings from Mitchell Johnson could prevent South Africa securing an outstanding victory. Nor could the swashbuckling left-hander stop the Australians suffering their first innings defeat since the Kolkata Test match of 1998. A persistent spell from Paul Harris proved decisive as the tall spinner kept a length, varied his pace and worried all the mainstream batsman. The Proteas secured victory in the third Test here by an innings and 20 runs with 10 minutes of the fourth day to spare.
Johnson was astonishing. Joining forces with Andrew McDonald shortly before tea after their team had subsided to 218 for 6, he laid about himself with gusto. Combining scintillating off-drives with cleanly struck pulls, the tall left-hander belted the ball around and reached his first Test century as he lifted his 86th ball into the stands. Johnson's batting abilities have been recognised but his partner was a revelation as he drove, pulled and cut with unsuspected panache. After a wary start the pair added 163 in 26.3 overs and were not parted until McDonald went into his shell as his team-mate hit the supposedly nervous nineties.
Although memorable, a last session producing 191 runs and four lower-order wickets could not disguise the size of the defeat suffered by the visitors. An abject batting performance on the opening day and a carelessly constructed squad cost them dear.
Nothing in the early exchanges on the fourth day suggested drama lay ahead. Michael Hussey and Simon Katich tried to eke out runs against a pinpoint attack. Katich contributed one run in the first hour, and that the result of Harris' drop at gully.
Harris' ability to make batsmen miss straight balls and play rash shots returned to haunt the tourists. Katich drove to deep mid-off and Brad Haddin lofted to deep mid-on. Hussey stabbed Dale Steyn's lifter to gully and the paceman struck again as Michael Clarke drove loosely.
Then came the exuberant partnership for the seventh wicket. Ultimately, it merely delayed a dismal defeat. Finally, McDonald and Peter Siddle were held at silly point and Bryce McGain was chaotically run out by Sybrand Engelbrecht. As the sun disappeared so Ben Hilfenhaus was snared at slip to give Harris a sixth wicket. It only remained for Steve Bucknor to kiss the pitch and leave the ground for the last time. The other victor was a referral system that corrected several of the veteran's mistakes.
Liverpool transfer news: Reds buoyed after Marco Reus rejects new Borussia Dortmund contract offer - reports
Arsenal agree new deal with BT Sport - which coincides nicely with advert showing FA Cup win over Liverpool
Liverpool transfer news: Divock Origi joins before World Cup star is immediately loaned back to Lille
Scottie dogs in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony 'disrespectful to Muslims', say Malaysian politicians
Liverpool transfer news: Daniel Agger closing in on Barcelona move as Xavi plans to stay
- 1 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 4 Ebola virus: UK health officials issue warning to doctors as experts admit the outbreak 'is not under control'
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45 after suffering from cancer
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?