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South Africa thrash Australia by 492 runs to win fourth Test – live!

  • South Africa win by 492 runs
  • Vernon Philander bags six wickets in an incredible spell of bowling
  • Feel free to get in touch on email or tweet @JPHowcroft

This was a result that was feared at the start of the match following the week Australia had endured but even so, it remains one heck of a thumping.

Biggest Test victory margins by runs:
675 Eng beat Aus Brisbane 1928/29
562 Aus beat Eng Oval 1934
530 Aus beat SA Melbourne 1911
492 SA beat Aus Johannesburg 2018
491 Aus beat Pak Perth 2004

South Africa arrived on day five knowing they would be celebrating at some point today, they just couldn’t have dreamed it would be so soon. Vernon Philander struck with his opening ball and then again later in his first over to start the rot. Four more fell at his hand in a mesmerising spell of seam bowling before a mindless run-out sealed the deal. Under 90-minutes of play to secure seven wickets and complete a 3-1 series victory, South Africa’s first at home over Australia since 1970.

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