Ottis Gibson's side have endured a haphazard 18 months since lifting the silverware in Colombo and they'll have to defy a lot more than history if they are to replicate their exploits of 2012.
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.
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.
Day four of the third Test in Cape Town was overshadowed by the retirement of Proteas skipper Graeme Smith, and his subsequent failure with the bat, while the Aussies were bound and determined to push for the win.
I just wanted to let you know that I'm kind of a little bit heartbroken that you're leaving, after nearly 13 years together. You've been the Proteas' skipper for almost my entire professional life, and I'm not really sure how to deal.
@Karma... The Commonwealth is possibly the worst I have seen it in years. Getting crushed 0 - 5 by an up and coming Australia must hurt right ...yes, especially after we beat them easily at home 3 months...Have Your Say