Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 4

2143dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

'All of us will miss Ricky' - Smith

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

2143dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

At the end, Ponting returns to roots

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

2143dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

South Africa rightly the best side - Clarke

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

Day 3

2145dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Amla and de Villiers set target of 632

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

2144dFirdose Moonda in Perth

The AB de Villiers of old returns

Is it a coincidence that AB de Villiers played his most compelling innings since becoming South Africa's wicketkeeper in the Test that he had to keep the least?

2144dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

Lillee not a fan of resting bowlers

Australia's bowling stocks lack a definite spearhead, according to Dennis Lillee, a go-to fast bowler that can move up a gear to break open the game

2144dFirdose Moonda at the WACA

Amla performs in one-day gear

Hashim Amla has scored several different centuries this year. His latest at the WACA was compiled in one-day mode

2145dFirdose Moonda and Brydon Coverdale at the WACA

De Villiers reverse sweeps to century

Plays of the day from the third day of the third Test between Australia and South Africa in Perth

2145dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

The post-Ponting puzzle

To fill the hole of Ricky Ponting, who retires after this Test, the structure of Australia's batting order may be reconsidered

Day 2

2145dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

No fairytale for Ponting's finale

There was something fitting about Ricky Ponting's dismissal in Perth; like 17 years ago, a Pakistani umpire silenced the crowd with an lbw decision

2145dFirdose Moonda at the WACA

South Africa's unsung performer

Morne Morkel was not South Africa's most successful bowler on the second day in Perth, but he provided exactly what his team needed

2145dBrydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda at the WACA

Caught Petersen, bowled Peterson

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second day of the deciding Test in Perth

2145dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

Clarke without answers on the worst of days

Michael Clarke had no answers as South Africa raced ahead in the Perth Test, virtually shutting out Australia's hopes of becoming the No. 1 Test side

Day 1

2146dDaniel Brettig

Australia ahead after bowlers' day

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

2146dBrydon Coverdale

Hastings wins battle, grabs chance

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

2146dBrydon Coverdale at the WACA

Johnson accentuates the positives

Mitchell Johnson's first day of Test cricket in a year was neither brilliant nor disastrous. But importantly, it was encouraging

2146dBrydon Coverdale and Firdose Moonda at the WACA

Punter's final team-mate

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the opening day of the deciding Test in Perth


713dFirdose Moonda in Perth

Captain calling: du Plessis turns to Graeme Smith

None of the calls Faf du Plessis will have to make in the next month will be as important as the one he makes this evening. The one to Graeme Smith."I'm supposed to speak to Graeme a bit later, just t

1767dMichael Jeh

Cricket's finest bloke?

Quiet, unassuming, polite and humble, Hashim Amla remains a terrific role model

2147dFirdose Moonda in Perth

South Africa hope fast bowlers will fire

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

2147dPeter English

Australia's second-best, without a doubt

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

2147dBrydon Coverdale in Perth

End of a great career, start of a new era

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

2148dFirdose Moonda in Perth

Robin Peterson set for Test return

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

2148dDaniel Brettig

Ponting to retire after Perth Test

Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from international cricket, on the eve of the third Test against South Africa in Perth

Australia 4th innings Partnerships

1st40EJM CowanDA Warner
2nd41EJM CowanSR Watson
3rd21RT PontingEJM Cowan
4th28MJ ClarkeEJM Cowan
5th58MEK HusseyMJ Clarke
6th10MEK HusseyMS Wade
7th0JW HastingsMS Wade
8th6MG JohnsonJW Hastings
9th31JW HastingsMA Starc
10th87NM LyonMA Starc