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We have to improve our behavior against opponent, says Tim Paine

We have to improve our behavior against opponent, says Tim Paine

Australia's controversy-plagued cricket tour of South Africa has ended with a chaotic collapse and record-breaking defeat in Johannesburg, where the hosts have triumphed by 492 runs to complete a historic 3-1 Test series win. There was little batting resistance and that only lasted 16.4 overs, adding just 31 runs.

"This means a lot to us", South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said.

Australia were bowled out for a paltry 119 in their second innings to succumb to their heaviest ever loss to South Africa in terms of runs, their second biggest defeat against any opponent and the fourth biggest loss in test cricket.

MILESTONE OF THE SERIES: South Africa's retiring paceman Morne Morkel and Australian offspinner Nathan Lyon both celebrated their 300th Test wicket in this series.

Morne Morkel couldn't have asked for a more eventful series for his send-off as the Proteas registered the 4th biggest Test win in the history of cricket.

"Obviously it had more of an effect on guys than we knew", Paine said.

The Handscomb wicket was his 50th against Australia, but he wasn't done.

"There s been enough spoken about the week we had", said Paine. "They went nearly from motivated to motivated slash angry and they were determined to turn it around".

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Philander's 6 for 21 is the most economical six-wicket haul for South Africa against Australia, beating Hugh Tayfield's 7 for 23 in Durban in 1950. "Since then walking onto the field for South Africa was unbelievable so that was a big turnaround for me in my worldwide career".

Morkel, who made his worldwide debut in 2006, ended fifth on the list of South Africa's all-time leading wicket-takers with 309 Test scalps.

In what could be a watershed series, they have also caused a change in the way Australia will play their cricket in the future following the ball-tampering furore for which this series will long be remembered.

Markram went on to score two centuries and finish the leading run-scorer of the four-Test series, tallying 480 runs at 60.

Regrettably for coach Darren Lehmann - who tearfully announced last week this would be his final match in charge - plus Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, it was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.

The captain's 120 highlighted his side's second innings, with opener Dean Elgar compiling 81 runs in a gritty but at times painfully slow 337-ball knock.

"A lot of guys say they don't miss the game, but I'm definitely going to miss it".

The visitors started day one at the bottom of the barrel, and they were outplayed over all five days. I had that ease in my heart that [Dale] Steyn would do it and then the way Grant [Elliott] took the game away.