Malcolm Conn, writing in Australia's Daily Telegraph says the Cape Town debacle shows that batsmen brought up on a glut of short-form cricket and easy Twenty20 money are unwilling or unable to deal with the moving ball.

... this is not an aberration but increasingly Australia’s norm as soon as the ball starts to move consistently. The last two Ashes series highlight that. It is the third time in little more than a year that Australia has been bowled out for under 100 once the ball started to deviate. Australia was dismissed for 88 against Pakistan at Headingley and 98 against England in Melbourne ... This South Africa-Australia Test series is a beacon to the marginalisation of the once sacred game.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo