Game over! South Africa win by a whopping 309 runs and take the series 1-0 and retain the Test mace. Smith takes his fifth catch of the innings, at first slip, Lyon pokes his bat at it and the thick outside edge goes low to the slips, fitting that the captain himself took the final catch
Unfortunately there is no television coverage of the presentation. At least not here. We can confirm that Hashim Amla is the Man of the Match. Michael Clarke is the Man of the Series.
Trawling through twitter, here are some quotes:
Smith: "The guys showed tremendous character in the last two weeks. For us to achieve two series wins is a huge achievement for us. I just want to say to our fans back home, I know you've been waking up early in the morning to watch us. This one's for you."
Clarke: "They are the number one team in the world and have shown throughout this series why they are."
Amla: "I'm glad to have made a contribution. This year has gone well..."
Ricky Ponting, on the guard of honour: "It was an amazing gesture by Graeme and the team, thank you for that."
AB de Villiers tweets: "Now that was very sweet! Hard work paid off. Congrats to Ricky for an amazing career! Inspired me and so many others around the world!"
That's it from us here. Too bad there was no proper coverage of the presentation for most of the viewers around the world.
Thanks for joining us. Thanks for the mails. We'll see you soon. Australia's next assignment is the home Tests against Sri Lanka. South Africa host New Zealand. Cheers!
End of the match: South Africa have beaten Australia at home in consecutive series. Quite phenominal and it;s been quite an incredible series, with only one outright result out of three. Australia were all over the place on the first day at the Gabba but hit back and were the more dominant team through the game. Faf du Plessis played the innings of his life at Adelaide to save what seemed like a certain defeat for South Africa. At Perth, the No.1 Test side was far too good for Australia.
Unfortunately we have lost live pictures but we will try and get you the presentation.
Vikram: "Big fan of RSA cricket, Have endured all the tough times following them,World cup losses..But this is a time to Rejoice..Rankings don't matter to me but series victory in Australia is special..I think they need to strengthen their bowling bench strength if they want to dominate test cricket in the coming years..Kudos Guys..Awesome Job.."
take that! Good length wide outside off and Lyon gets beside the line and cuts hard past point
stays behind the line and punches it to the off side, Lyon makes a bit of room
good length delivery and he punches it towards cover
Pat Cummins tweets: " Halfway, C'mon boys! #315togo"
punches it back to the bowler
another four! Lands it on the off stump and he just chips it over mid-on, didn't go through with it but had enough to clear the fielder
drifts down the leg side, Philander too looking ragged
shot! Pitched up outside off and Starc has a free swing of the arms and clears mid-on comfortably
drifts on the pads and he tries to flick this away and the ball clips his pads and lobs to the off side
lands it wide outside off from over the wicket, left alone
These two have added 75 already
stays right back at the crease and defends
edged! Well well, this was a sitter for the slips, thick outside edge and it flies past the sea of confusion between Kallis and Smith at third and second slip, nobody moved
stays back and punches it down to mid-on
lands outside off and he leaves it alone
Starc's 50 off 32 is the 2nd fastest by an Australian, beating Bruce Yardly
lands it outside the off stump and he leaves it alone
and the new ball goes scorching to the boundary! Drifts on the body and he clips it with ease over midwicket
They are taking the new ball
300's up! Short and wide outside off and he cuts him past point, poor ball, SA waiting for the mistake
goes back and tucks it behind square on the on side
tossed up down the leg side and he looks to paddle it away and the ball just sails over the stumps
|Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth|
|Toss||South Africa, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||South Africa won the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2064|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30|
|Match days||30 November, 1,2,3 December 2012 - day (5-day match)|