South Africa beat Australia in fourth Test to win series 3-1

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Australia captain Tim Paine insists it is time for his side to change the way they play the game as they start to reform following the ball-tampering saga in South Africa.

On a day when national icon Winnie Mandela passed away, a South African side eyed the prospect of its first series win against Australia on home soil since her husband Nelson helped create the possibility of readmission to global cricket in 1991.

The batting resistance was non-existent, lasting only 16.4 overs and adding only 31 runs, while Philander finished the innings with 6-21 as South Africa nabbed a 3-1 series victory - their first over a touring Australian side since 1970. "As players you do have competitive nature with each other, I played with him at Delhi previous year and it was nice to share information".

"We were extremely motivated before this series and up for the challenge, but there was definitely a shift in mindset after that first test", du Plessis said.

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"This means a lot to us", South Africa captain Faf du Plessis told reporters. But Morne battled all the injuries and aced through the struggles each time to come back and prove everyone who wrote him off wrong.

Man of the series Kagiso Rabada, whose own conduct was scrutinised during the series and nearly led him to be suspended in Cape Town, also weighed in on Australia's reinvention plan. "It was nice to see him solider on, that's what leaders do and I never expected him to do anything else". You can't just drift through it. To my team-mates as well, I could be the man I am today by playing the best of cultures, and it's a fantastic environment.

South Africa batted first and made 488 in their first innings and declared their second innings at 344 for 6.

A series full of bad blood and boorish behaviour, collateral damage and carnage ended with the latter.

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"Obvious this Test match had a different feel to it, there was not as (much) competitiveness and other stuff as the other Test matches before it", Du Plessis said. You don't always get an opportunity to beat Australia 3-1.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's been a really challenging week".

David Warner and Quinton de Kock had their infamous stairwell altercation in Durban, Kagiso Rabada brushed shoulders with Steve Smith and was suspended in Port Elizabeth before Newlands exposed the biggest ball-tampering incident of all time as Australia were left disgraced. When you're slightly off in Test cricket, against world-class opposition, you're found wanting - and we certainly were. This group in here had the chance to show some real fight and determination and unfortunately, we weren't able to because I think mentally we weren't quite there. So it's a chilled place, we enjoy ourselves and it's really relaxed, there's even rum-and-coke on the table, but not before the end of play! Bancroft has been our leading run-scorer for Australia.

"(Thinking) if we continue to win, we can kind of act and behave how we like and the Australian public will be OK with that.

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