25 Sep 2020 5:21 PM +00:00

South Africa vs Australia: Five things we learned from the series

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Few series in modern history will go down as transformative and impactful as the recent four-Test series between South Africa and the touring Australians.

On one hand, the South Africans ended a hoodoo at home against the Aussies, bagging a win and reasserting themselves as one of the more dominant forces in world cricket while also bidding farewell to champion seamer Morne Morkel.

On the other, Australian cricket exits the series in far more turmoil and tension than it came into it. The ball-tampering scandal sparked a chain of events which led to captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft each receiving lengthy suspensions from the game. Australian cricket will take plenty of time to recover but the positive leadership of Tim Paine in the interim is commendable if not successful yet.

With the series now in the rear-view mirror for both sides, we take a look at the key takeaways.

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