SA v Australia, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 5th day March 5, 2014

Australia end international away-series win drought

Stats highlights from Australia's series-clinching win in Cape Town

  • Australia won their first overseas Test series in almost two years. Their previous victory was in West Indies in 2012. Since then, they had lost a Test series in India 4-0, and the Ashes in England 3-0.

  • Excluding Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, Australia's win was the first away series success for a Test side since November 2012, when England won a series in India 2-1 and South Africa won 1-0 in Australia. Since then, there had been 16 Test series that ended in a draw or in a win for the home side.

  • Australia are one of only two teams to beat South Africa at home since their readmission to Test cricket in 1992. The other team, England, have done so only once in 2004-05. Australia won five of the seven series and haven't lost yet in South Africa

  • The 2-1 loss was South Africa's first for 16 series. Australia had handed them their last series defeat too, in 2008-09. Since then South Africa had won eight Test series and drawn six.

  • South Africa's batsmen averaged 14.54 runs per wicket fewer than Australia's batsmen in this series. Since 1992, this is the second highest difference in average between South Africa's batsmen and their opposition in a home series. The highest also came against Australia, in the 2001-02 series, when South Africa's batsmen averaged 17.44 runs fewer than Australia's batsmen.

  • Graeme Smith was the 13th South Africa captain to lose his last Test. Only three players have won their last Test as South Africa captain - Hansie Cronje, Ali Bacher and Peter van der Merwe. Nummy Deane and Henry Taberer drew their last Test as captains.

  • Mitchell Johnson's 22 wickets are the second most by a fast bowler in three-Test series in South Africa after George Lohmann's 35 in a series in 1895-96.

  • AB de Villiers had batted for 326 minutes and faced 228 deliveries by the time he was dismissed by Ryan Harris. No other batsman had faced more deliveries in the fourth innings of a Test at Newlands. Australia's Ian Redpath had faced 216 deliveries for his unbeaten 47 against the hosts in 1970.

  • De Villiers' also faced the second highest number of balls (since balls faced information is available) by a South Africa batsman in the fourth innings at home. Faf du Plessis batted 309 deliveries against India to save the Johannesburg Test last year.

  • De Villiers' 326-minute vigil is also the longest any batsman has batted in the fourth innings at the venue (since minutes batted information is available).

  • De Villiers scored only 43 runs. His strike rate was 18.85 - the second slowest innings ever in South Africa (200 or more deliveries). Jack Russell's 235-ball unbeaten 29 against the hosts in Johannesburg in 1995 is the slowest such innings in South Africa. This innings ranks third in terms of the slowest strike rates for de Villiers in innings of 100 or more balls. His 220-ball 33 in the famous draw at the Adelaide Oval last year is his slowest.

  • Nightwatchman Kyle Abbott kept de Villiers company for 29.3 overs, scoring just seven runs off 89 deliveries. Only Geoff Miller, who faced 101 balls against Australia at the MCG in 1978-79, has taken more deliveries to make a score of 7.

  • Since 2011, South Africa batsmen have dominated the opposition bowlers in Tests at home, with their top order (No. 1 to No. 7) averaging 40.51 per wicket and scoring 51 fifty-plus scores. During this period, there have been only three innings when South Africa's top-seven batsmen all failed to score a fifty (or more). All three were against Australia, two of them in Cape Town.

  • Vernon Philander's rearguard lasted 109 deliveries before he ran out of partners. It was the most balls a No. 9 has batted in the fourth innings of a Test and only the fourth time such an innings has lasted 100 deliveries or more.

  • Philander's fifty was also only the seventh by a No. 9 batsman in the fourth innings of a Test and only eight runs short of the highest fourth-innings score by a No. 9 - Jimmy Blanckenberg's 59 against England in Johannesburg in 1913-14.

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  • Prasanna on March 8, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    @Paul Mcallister, can't agree more - like the Ashes, Aus - SA must play every two years - 3 at home and 3 away - back-to-back. To me , Aus, SA and Eng are the torch-bearers of test-cricket. So the more the contests, the better.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    I think SA v Aus are always the best test series going. it is the meeting of two very similar teams who just go for each other's throats. a real clash of the titans. I hope they can start playing each other home and away every two years. and not every four years like it is at present.

  • Jake on March 7, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Couple of interesting facts since at the start of the Ashes: Combining both test series, 5 v England and 3 v South Africa: Australia has scored 5135 runs in their 16 innings at an average of 321/innings. Opposition has scored 3803 runs in their 16 innings at an average of 238/innings. Australia has secured 17 centuries in these matches Opposition has secured 4 centuries in these matches. Warner scored 1066 runs @74.3 Australia has lost 123 wickets out of 160 in their 16 innings costing 42 runs/wicket Opposition has lost 153 wickets out of 160 in their 16 innings costing 25 runs/wicket Australia declared in 8/16 innings Opposition declared in 1/16 innings Johnson took 59 wickets @ 15.7It is pretty clear that the Australian batsmen and bowlers have dominated the 8 tests. more silly stat, Nathan Lyon's wicket has only been taken twice from the 16 innings he was involved in.Big congrats on a hard fought and successful summer winning 7/8 tests

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    and i read whats the point in sending in abbot as nightwatchman, smith as unimaginative as u may seem from the outset, in close circles you must rank very very highly

  • alfred on March 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    @ izzidole, SA have also lost a test series to England at home, they lost 2-1 in 5 tests.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    The only Thing I am miffed at it is Kallis not retiring with Smith.That would have been some spectacular affair to watch.But then things are as they are and no one gets to choose his time.Brilliant series played along expected lines

  • Billy on March 6, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    South Africa still deserve to be the rightful No.1. Australia have not done enough in the past couple of years to warrant anything higher than its current position. But please let's not compare this South African side to any of the old-time great sides. The facts are these: during their so called unbeaten run, the ratio of series wins and other results was a little over 50%. They did not win the subcontinent and had poor results at home. Most importantly, a draw is not a win. Never has been, never will be. Under any of the usual rankings system in sport (English Premier League, Super 15 Rugby, Sheffield Shield etc.), a draw is penalised (even the ICC rankings do this). In Super 15 rugby, the team who plays attacking rugby gets rewarded further. South Africa have not demonstrated any attacking flair and the number of draws means it cannot rightfully challenge to be in the list of all-time great sides. Not yet anyway.

  • Puneet on March 6, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    Dale Steyn said...This is not Mumbai...Mr Steyn, this is not Indian team !

  • Peter on March 6, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    What a series ! Shame on crowd turnout for their greatest cricket captain last test. Hard to replace a great leader like Smith. If Kallis was king then Biff was the emperor... He fields 9 on the ropes but whaddya do when Davey is going nuts ! A big century at almost run a ball despite the hour long rubbish from JP. Hats off to Pup and the boys. Pup n Rhino... True grit. Could be the start of an era if they nail India at home and another away win.

  • Jayaram on March 6, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Throughout the match, Aussies maintained a much higher Run Rate in the last test. When there are stats(?) available for lowest strike rate, more number of balls, etc, why the Run Rate hasnt been taken. Also, total runs scored by Australia and no. of wickets they have taken against a No.1 team, would also be record if it is compared with another team with another No.1 team.