South Africa vs Australia: Five things we learned from the series

South Africa’s Dean Elgar was batting with skipper Faf du Plessis at stumps on Day 3 of the fourth Test vs Australia at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday

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South Africa's bowler Vernon Philander‚ left, reacts after bowling Australia's batsman Pat Cummins on the fifth day of the final cricket test match between South Africa and Australia at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, April 3.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis believes it is a step in the right direction for Australia to reconsider how they carry themselves on the field.

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Unfortunately, South Africa will not play Test cricket again until mid-July when they travel to Sri Lanka for a two-Test series.

A review showed Lyon to be short as De Kock removed the bails, a woeful ending that summed up Australia's day, Test and series.

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"I think it's something that we can only decide in time", he said. "It will be good for guys to get home, take a deep breath after everything that's happened and, in the next couple of weeks, start to focus on our next series".

"It's a line in the sand for Australian cricket and it's time to say - right, this is unacceptable, we can not play like we've seen these last two weeks", the legendary legspinner said.

The Handscomb wicket was his 50th against Australia, but he wasn't done.

The tourists were bowled out for 119 in pursuit of a fanciful 612 victory target after Philander bulldozed their batting line-up on the final morning with figures of six for South Africa.

"We have been invited in [for a beer], though it's a bit early, it might be a coffee", Paine said. "The guys were really pumped after that first game". No Australian made a hundred. In the end, it was a run-out, perhaps appropriately effected by Markram, who with 480 was comfortably the leading run-scorer in the series.

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Well wishes are pouring in for South African cricket legend Morne Morkel as he retires after a career spanning more than a decade - getting more than 300 Test wickets.

The cheating scandal led to captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner losing their leadership positions, while coach Darren Lehmann resigned in tears shortly after.

Australia have been thoroughly beaten and if the 322-run caning in Cape Town was an indication of absent minds after the ball-tampering trauma, their abject second innings surrender was a case of both feet in the plane mentally.

"We all know there were a lot of incidents in this series, but after each day I would sit in the dressing-room and sense that there was a calmness to our emotions and we were really just focused on winning games of cricket".

"I remember coming out to bat with him in Durban and there was a lot of chirp that he only scores runs against the small nations", du Plessis told reporters. "I've still got the love for the game", he added.

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