Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 4

569dJarrod Kimber

Standing in the shadows of giants

Without the coach who took them to No. 1 and the allrounder who made them great, South Africa are trying to surf into a tidal wave

569dFirdose Moonda at Centurion Park

We deserve everything we get - Smith

South Africa have never wanted to get out of Centurion faster. The venue that remains their most successful is now the scene of one of their biggest humiliations

569dDaniel Brettig at Centurion Park

Australia exceed the hype

Beating South Africa at their stronghold, Centurion Park, is among the toughest challenges in modern cricket. Australia obliterated them

569dFirdose Moonda at Centurion Park

South Africa's bruises won't fade quickly

The bowling of Mitchell Johnson has made many people sit up and take notice, leading to comparisons with the very best. South Africa have now had their first-hand experience and it has been a chastening affair

Day 3

568dDaniel Brettig in Centurion

Doolan ice extinguishes South Africa fire

Against a revved-up Dale Steyn, on a lively pitch, after the loss of an early wicket, Alex Doolan turned a nervous period into seemingly inevitable domination and vindicated his selection

568dFirdose Moonda at Centurion Park

South Africa in danger of being scarred

South Africa have become known for their ability to fight back from tough positions, but that skill deserted them on the third day at Centurion as a ragged performance in the field flashed warning signs

568dS Rajesh

Warner's second-innings heroics

Stats highlights from the third day in Centurion, where Mitchell Johnson and David Warner further drove home Australia's advantage

568dFirdose Moonda at Centurion Park

'Be prepared to get hurt' - de Villiers

AB de Villiers acknowledged it takes more than just sound technique to face Mitchell Johnson with success, it also requires a lot of heart

Day 2

568dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Fired-up Johnson bullies South Africa

If anyone thought Mitchell Johnson's Ashes campaign was a one-off, they had better think again. It took Johnson only four balls to make his impact felt in South Africa

568dS Rajesh

Marsh's high and de Villiers' control

Stats highlights from the second day in Centurion, when Australia's bowlers backed up the good work done by their batsmen on the opening day

568dDaniel Brettig

Johnson preys on fresh victims

As England discovered in the Ashes, knowing what to expect from Mitchell Johnson is a different matter to countering it

568dFirdose Moonda at Centurion Park

Worrying signs for South Africa's top order

It is too early to draw any long-term conclusions, but the home side's top order was given a rude awakening about the challenges facing them from Australia

568dDaniel Brettig at Centurion

Johnson's intimidatory delight

Mitchell Johnson stopped short of invoking David Warner's infamous "scared eyes" line about England at the Gabba, but he could not disguise a sense of delight at wreaking havoc in South Africa once more

568dJarrod Kimber at Centurion Park

Nice to see you again, Mr Smith

Graeme Smith has plenty of memories of facing Mitchell Johnson. Some are good. Some are painful. In their first head-to-head of this series the fast bowler came out on top in double quick time

Day 1

568dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Marsh and Smith put Australia on top

Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith demoralised the South Africans and in particular Graeme Smith, who had sent Australia in after vacillating over the decision in the lead-up to the toss

568dDaniel Brettig in Centurion

Marsh takes his last chance

Shaun Marsh has said working with Justin Langer and Simon Katich helped him develop his mental toughness

568dDaniel Brettig at Centurion

Marsh's rush job is one to remember

Shaun Marsh entered the first Test in Centurion with barely any time to think. As he constructed a century that may yet provide the foundations of a famous Australian victory, it was possible to conclude it had been good for him

568dJarrod Kimber in Centurion

More bust than boom

Proper cricket fans would have enjoyed Shaun Marsh's doggedness and Steven Smith's strokeplay - pity there were too few in the ground

568dFirdose Moonda at Centurion Park

South Africa lack their Centurion spark

South Africa were not awful on the opening day, but from a position where they had Australia in significant trouble the attack could not ram home the advantage and back Graeme Smith's decision to bowl

568dFirdose Moonda in Centurion

Record backed choice to bowl - McLaren

Proper cricket fans would have enjoyed Shaun Marsh's doggedness and Steven Smith's strokeplay - pity there were too few in the ground


569dMark Nicholas

The Mitchell Johnson effect

Whole batting line-ups have been laid to waste by the raw pace and confidence of Australia's fast-bowling leader

590dDaniel Brettig

Special and brutal

Mitchell Johnson's savage spell not only made the South Africans shiver, it broke their intimidating record in Centurion

568dDaniel Brettig in Centurion

Marsh, Doolan to tip out Hughes

Australia are set to go with hunches over hundreds against South Africa, anointing Alex Doolan for his Test debut at No. 3 while also shaping up to recall Shaun Marsh

568dFirdose Moonda

World's best wary of Australia's looming threat

Even though they won't lose the No.1 ranking even if Australia sweep them 3-nil, South Africa still feel they have to justify their status as the best Test team going around



This was the second-highest margin of victory for Australia in Tests v South Africa

Better and better


Mitchell Johnson's 12-wicket haul is so far his best in Tests - and the most by a quick against SA since readmission

Mitchell's haul


When Johnson claimed Duminy he bagged the third 10-wicket haul of his Test career

Piling them up


Number of innings for Hashim Amla to reach 6000 Test runs - second only to Graeme Smith for South Africa

Fancy a bowl?


The number of Tests since Warner last bowled - against India in Hyderabad

Elite company


Mitchell Johnson is the seventh Australia bowler to take 250 Test wickets (Lillee, McDermott, Warne, McGrath, Gillespie, Lee)

Long way from home


Overs South Africa would have to bat for a draw. More than at Adelaide 2012 (148) and the Wanderers 2013 (136)

From 1 for 1 to 1 for plenty


Australia's highest second-wicket stand when they have lost their first wicket at 0 or 1

Select company


Alex Doolan is the seventh Australian to make a half-century batting at No. 3 in his debut Test

Big in the second dig


David Warner's Test average in the second innings, with four hundreds. In the first innings he averages 37.03 (two hundreds)