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South Africa in Australia 2012-13

Du Plessis, Peterson among South Africa's huge gains

Dec 4, 2012: South Africa will leave Australia knowing they have unearthed a new Test batsman and resurrected a forgotten spinner, and they are stronger for it

Firdose Moonda

South Africa in Australia 2012-13

Du Plessis, Steyn stay back for brief BBL stint

Dec 4, 2012: South African fans back home will have to wait a while before they can welcome their No.1 Test team, in its complete form

Firdose Moonda in Perth

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day

South Africa rightly the best side - Clarke

Dec 3, 2012: Australia captain Michael Clarke pointed to South Africa's ability to make their positions of advantage count as being the difference between the two sides

Brydon Coverdale at the WACA

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day

'All of us will miss Ricky' - Smith

Dec 3, 2012: Graeme Smith has declared Ricky Ponting the opponent he has most respected during his career, and said South Africa's forming a guard of honour for Ponting was never in doubt

Brydon Coverdale at the WACA

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day

'Humbled' Smith targets South Africa legacy

Dec 3, 2012: Graeme Smith said it 'meant the world' for South Africa to win their second successive series in Australia and hold on to the No. 1 ranking

Firdose Moonda at the WACA

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day

At the end, Ponting returns to roots

Dec 3, 2012: Ricky Ponting has always been a tough cricketer. But his emotional side, for once, came to the surface when he spoke after his final Test for Australia

Brydon Coverdale at the WACA

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day

'I'll miss the mateship, I'll miss the dressing room'

Dec 3, 2012: Ricky Ponting reflects on his 17-year career after playing his final Test, against South Africa in Perth

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day

An emotional end to Ponting's storied career

Dec 3, 2012: There were a couple of glimpses of the vintage Ponting in his final innings, but he will be content to have made the right call to retire

Brydon Coverdale at the WACA

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day

Big win confirms South Africa as No. 1

Dec 3, 2012: South Africa embossed their No. 1 ranking with a fearful hiding of Australia in the series-deciding third Test in Perth

The Report by Daniel Brettig

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day

Amla and de Villiers set target of 632

Dec 2, 2012: Australia have been set the distant target of 632 to win the third Test and the series after South Africa were bowled out for 569 in a rollicking final session

The Report by Daniel Brettig

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 2nd day

Smith, Amla help South Africa sprint away from Australia

Dec 1, 2012: Hurried along at a cracking pace by Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith, South Africa's lead over Australia is already a vast 292 runs at the end of day two in Perth

Daniel Brettig

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 1st day

Hastings wins battle, grabs chance

Nov 30, 2012: When John Hastings stepped out on to the WACA two months ago to the day, it was nearly as big a moment as his trip to Perth this week

Brydon Coverdale

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth

Australia ahead after bowlers' day

Nov 30, 2012: A dramatically recast Australian team rued Faf du Plessis' composure for the second time in the space of four days as South Africa scrambled to 225 then snipped the top off Australia's batting order on day one of the third Test

Daniel Brettig

Ricky Ponting's international retirement

Australia's second-best, without a doubt

Nov 29, 2012: Think not of Ricky Ponting as the batsman of the last couple of years - and particularly the past fortnight. Remember that for almost a decade Ponting was the best batsman in the world's best team

Peter English

Ricky Ponting's international retirement

Australian cricket's soul, mate

Nov 29, 2012: Beyond losing a world-beating batsman, Ricky Ponting's international retirement severs one of the last links to a previous era of the game

Daniel Brettig

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth

End of a great career, start of a new era

Nov 29, 2012: Regardless of what happens in the Perth Test, it will be a watershed for Michael Clarke. He knows nothing of Test cricket that doesn't involve Ricky Ponting. His challenge now is to define a new era alone

Brydon Coverdale in Perth

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth

South Africa hope fast bowlers will fire

Nov 29, 2012: When this series began, there were questions hanging over South Africa's bowling attack. Few, however, were concerned about their ability to take 20 wickets

Firdose Moonda in Perth

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth

Australia's No.1 hopes could rest on new-look attack

Nov 29, 2012: Australia could enter their grand final against South Africa - and Ricky Ponting's farewell Test - with a completely different attack from the one used in Adelaide

Brydon Coverdale in Perth

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth

Among weights machines and leaky pipes

Nov 29, 2012: The WACA gym setting for Ricky Ponting's retirement announcement was far from pretty but somehow fitting

Brydon Coverdale

Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth

Robin Peterson set for Test return

Nov 29, 2012: Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson is set for a return to Test cricket, four years since he last played for South Africa in whites

Firdose Moonda in Perth
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