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Day 5

1042dFirdose Moonda

Winds of change blow over South Africa

Up against more than just the opposition, South Africa displayed grit and determination to conquer Perth again, finding fresh heroes while they were at it

1042dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

Australia must face facts, consequences

This was Australia's fourth consecutive Test defeat. History tells us that Australia's cricket system can only take so much strain before it breaks.

Day 4

1043dFirdose Moonda in Perth

Bavuma swoops to lift South Africa's spirits

Just when Australia's openers were beginning to stretch a depleted bowling attack, Temba Bavuma came up with a moment of magic that reinforced South Africa's dominance at the WACA

1043dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

Australia's dangerous signs of complacency

The Australian Test team seems to be well settled, at least at the top. That might not necessarily be a good thing, given the team's recent run

Day 3

1044dDaniel Brettig at the WACA

A memo to Australia's batsmen

Australia's batsmen had the chance to take control of the Test on day two. They didn't. On day three, Dean Elgar and JP Duminy showed them how it was done

1044dDaniel Brettig in Perth

Smith hopeful of fourth-innings heist

Australia's captain Steven Smith has not given up hope of a redemptive fourth-innings chase against South Africa at the WACA, particularly as South Africa have been shorn of Dale Steyn's speed by a shoulder injury

1044dFirdose Moonda at the WACA

Twin centuries cap memorable return

JP Duminy and Dean Elgar debuted at the WACA, with contrasting success, but they made themselves at home this time around

Day 2

1045dFirdose Moonda in Perth

'We want to win this game for Dale' - Philander

Vernon Philander has said he and Kagiso Rabada "owe it to" the injured Dale Steyn to take extra responsibility in his absence and win the Perth Test for South Africa

1045dFirdose Moonda in Perth

South Africa's love story with injuries Down Under

Dale Steyn's shoulder injury wasn't the first casualty South Africa have suffered on an Australian tour. In earlier cases, they have often ended up being blessings in disguise

Day 1

1047dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Warner dominates after SA dismissed for 242

Two of South Africa's least experienced batsmen - Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock - fought back with half-centuries on the first day in Perth, but Australia remained on top at the tea break

1046dFirdose Moonda in Perth

South Africa outpaced on opening day

On a typical WACA pitch, Australia's fast bowlers outdid those of South Africa, who bowled far too short, far too often, to let David Warner race away to a quickfire fifty

1046dDaniel Brettig in Perth

Australia relish blood and thunder day

A lively WACA surface made for an intriguing contest, with Australia setting the tone for the summer with an overpowering first-up performance

1046dDaniel Brettig in Perth

A lot nicer to bowl on than Sri Lanka - Starc

Mitchell Starc was delighted with the WACA pitch, where all of Australia's players felt at home, and said that one couldn't have asked for more on the opening day of the summer

1046dDaniel Brettig in Perth

Shaun Marsh's special snare at short leg

Australia had lost their first choice for short leg with the dropping of Joe Burns, meaning Marsh went in there for the spinners while Usman Khawaja went "under the lid" for the pacers

1047dESPNcricinfo staff

Mitchell Starc: the first-over menace

Mitchell Starc has made taking wickets in the first over of an innings a regular habit, the latest being Stephen Cook on the opening day of the WACA Test

Others

1042dFirdose Moonda

Five hard-earned wins down under

Since readmission in 1992, South Africa have had to fight for all their five Test wins in Australia, and Perth 2016 was the toughest of them all. ESPNcricinfo leads you down the path of most resi

1047dFirdose Moonda in Perth

South Africa look to rediscover glory on the road again

South Africa want to begin their road back to a No. 1 Test ranking by reclaiming the astounding away record that had, until last year, propelled them to the top of the table, says stand-in captai

1048dThe Preview by Brydon Coverdale

Siddle named in XI; Mennie made 12th man

Unlike the recent past, there is no No. 1 Test ranking on the line for Australia and South Africa but that is unlikely to have an impact on what is expected to be an enticing series

1047dDaniel Brettig in Perth

South Africa have history, Australia have Starc

This series will be Steven Smith's first major captaincy challenge at home, while Faf du Plessis leads a group that has no experience of losing a series in Australia.

WACA again

2012

Last time Australia lost a home Test, before this - also to South Africa at WACA by 309 runs. They had won 14 of the 18 Tests since then and four were drawn.

Khawaja in good flow

65

Previous highest score for Khawaja in second innings. He has gone past that score. All his four centuries had come in 1st innings.

Big task

406

Australia's highest score in the fourth-innings of Tests, which came at Lord's in 2009. They have been set a target of 539 in this match.

Enough to win?

414

Highest total in the 4th inns of a Test at WACA, by South Africa in 2008-09. South Africa's lead has already gone past that mark.

Elgar's best

121

Previous highest score for Elgar in Tests, which came against WI in Port Elizabeth 2014-15. He has gone past that mark in this innings.

Doing it again

3

No. of instances of two centuries for visiting team in the 3rd inns of a Test at WACA, including this. Two of those have been by SA; they did the same in 2012-13.

Duminy vs Australia

3

No. of 100's made by Duminy against Aus. This is his 1st 100 against any team in the 2nd inn of a Test.Previously he made 166 in Melbourne and 123 in Port Elizabeth.

Elgar and Duminy Partnership

1

Number of 100 + partnerships for the 3rd wicket for South Africa in Australia since readmission before today. Kallis and Amla added 165 in Brisbane in 2012.

Rare Failure

1

Total runs scored by Hashim Amla in this Test match. This is the lowest he has scored in a Test match since 2006. Previous instance was vs India in Durban.

Back with a bang

4/56

Philander's best bowling figures in Australia. During his previous tour in 2012 he took only 4 wickets from 67 overs in 2 matches.

Rare Collapse

1978

Previous instance when Aus lost their top 5 wkts for fewer than 23 runs at home.They have gone from 158/0 to 181/5.Last time this happened was vs Eng in Brisbane

Warner vs Steyn

4

Number of times Steyn has dismissed Warner. Warner has scored 207 runs against him at a SR of 96.2.