It was an intriguing match that ended with just 4.3 overs to go, as the hosts nearly pulled off a miracle draw to save the series. But alas, Graeme Smith's final game in national kit ended in defeat.
Cricket Australia announced on Thursday that Mitchell Johnson will return home to Australia to rest ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and will not take part in the Twenty20 series against South Africa.
David Warner and Ryan Harris, heroes of Australia's 245-run win over host South Africa in the Cape Town Test, have achieved best-ever positions in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Tests.
Australia captain Michael Clarke has apologised to South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, after the pair had a heated exchange in the dying minutes of the third Test at Newlands, which the Aussies won.
And so one of the most tense and exciting days of Test cricket comes to an end, with Australia preventing a final day miracle as the Proteas failed to secure a draw in honour of their retired skipper.
@3rd man 'No he never will play for Ireland and that is indeed good news for me. Did enough damage for his own country,still to claim a world cup that will never be on his CV no matter what else he achieves....Have Your Say