South Africa have not lost a Test series overseas since 2006, and beat the Aussies in the third Test in Perth to take the series one-nil. They also retained the number one Test ranking. Here are some stats from the series.
South Africa have not lost a Test series overseas since 2006, and beat the Aussies in the third Test in Perth to take the series one-nil. They also retained the number one Test ranking. Here are some stats from the series...
576 - Michael Clarke's runs
The Australia skipper won the Man of the Series award for his efforts with the bat, despite being on the losing side. He was magnificent in the first two games, scoring back-to-back double centuries of 259 not out and 230 to rescue his side when the top order failed. He struck 77 boundaries and a six in the three Tests, with 40 of those coming in the 230 knock in Adelaide.
146.50 - Faf du Plessis' series average
Du Plessis was brought into the side in the second Test to replace the injured JP Duminy, and he single-handedly (for the most part) prevented South Africa from losing that match. He made 78 and 110 not out, and then added another 78 not out in Perth. He made the third most runs for the visitors, despite playing one game less than Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis. His average was the best of any batsman in the series, including Clarke.
299 - Dale Steyn's Test wicket tally
The Proteas paceman will have to wait until the series against New Zealand to take his 300th scalp, after taking seven wickets in the third Test. The bowlers spread the victims between them, thus ensuring the win but denying the Phalaborwa Express a career milestone.
260 - Imran Tahir's runs conceded
The Proteas leg-spinner was brought in for the second Test and he was carted around the park by all and sundry. He failed to take a wicket and conceded the most runs in a Test for a wicketless bowler. He went at seven runs to the over, and was at no risk of being picked for Perth.
117 - Peter Siddle's overs in two Tests
The Victoria paceman sent down a back-breaking 64 overs in the second Test alone, causing him to miss the final game in Perth. He was dead on his feet by the end of day five at the Oval, slumping to the ground between deliveries as Du Plessis refused to let the hosts win the game.
50 - Nathan Lyon's maidens
The Australia spinner, in contrast to Tahir's single maiden, had a half century in that area, the most of any bowler in the series. He was overall the best Aussie with the ball, going at an economy rate on 2.73 over the three Tests.
16 - Dean Elgar's balls faced
Compare Faf's debut to that of middle order batsman Elgar, who faced 16 balls in Perth for no runs, bagging a duck in each innings. He fell to Mitchell Johnson both times, the first after 12 balls and then after four.
33 v 0 - No balls in first and third Tests
In the opening match in Brisbane, Proteas debutant Rory Kleinveldt bowled 12 no-balls in the first innings alone, and the combined efforts of all the bowlers from both sides saw 33 over-steps. By the time Perth rolled around, the coaches had clearly done their jobs and not once did the stumps umpire raise his arm in the air.
32 - Ricky Ponting's runs
The now-retired batsman did not have a series to remember as he signed off. Punter batted five times in the series and top-scored with 16, and his final Test in Perth saw him make four and eight. Still, he ended his career with an average just shy of 52 over 168 Tests.
14 - Morne Morkel's wickets
The lanky fast bowler was the top wicket taker in the series, with innings best figures of 5/146 and the only SA bowler to take a five-fer. Steyn was next on the list with 12, as was Nathan Lyon, though the best haul for an Aussie paceman was nine to Peter Siddle.
10 - Graeme Smith's catches
The Proteas skipper took more catches in the series than wicketkeeper AB de Villiers (8), making his spot in the slips a valuable one. He took five catches in the second Aussie innings in Perth alone.
3 - Two-ton batsmen
This was a high-scoring series, with innings scores over 500 breached three times. Three players scored two centuries apiece, namely Clarke, Amla (104 and 196) and Michael Hussey (100 and 103). Six others scored a single ton, four of whom were South African. David Warner and Ed Cowan bagged tons for the hosts.