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South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

The dead rubber that transformed a team

A dead rubber it may have been, but the victory in Sydney provided Australia's rookies with invaluable self-affirmation of their abilities at international level

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

Proud of how we bounced back - Ponting

Ricky Ponting has captained Australia to an Ashes clean sweep and two World Cup triumphs but never has he been prouder of his players than after they wrapped up their series victory in South Africa

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

The 'Ponting Age' has truly begun

The headwear gave them away. Ricky Ponting and Phillip Hughes sat together after Australia's win in Durban and the most obvious sign of the generational gap that divides them was the state of their baggy green caps

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

Australia stay No. 1 after series win

An emphatic series win in South Africa will imbue Australia with confidence that, after a harrowing six-month search, they have uncovered a crop of cricketers capable of competing with the world's best

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day

Amla confident of SA playing out final day

South Africa have good memories of a Jacques batting throughout the final day of a Test to salvage a draw against Australia. Three years ago in Perth it was Jacques Rudolph, in Kingsmead this time, they are up against Jacques Kallis

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day

Australia miss full-time spinner

The lack of a full-time slow bowler to tie down an end for long chunks of the day while also probing for wickets could prove detrimental to an Australian attack full of young and heavily burdened bodies