Stats: South Africa register fourth-biggest Test win of all-time

South Africa v Australia - 3rd Test: Day 2
Morne Morkel walked away from international with a win under his belt
Modified 03 Apr 2018

Morne Morkel got the fairytale finish that he would have wanted as South Africa thrashed Australia by 492 runs and wrapped up the fourth Test, early on day five at Johannesburg in his farewell game. In doing so, South Africa registered their biggest win over Australia and sealed the four-match Test series 3-1.

Set an improbable 612 for victory, Australia were never in the hunt, having lost three wickets at stumps on day four. Although facing an injury-ravaged South African bowling attack, Australia simply couldn't find a way past as Vernon Philander ran through the Australian middle-order and ended up with his career-best Test figures.

With Morkel looking to finish the match and his Test career with a wicket, a run-out proved to be Australia's downfall as they were eventually bowled out for 119.

Here are some interesting statistical highlights from the fourth Test between South Africa and Australia:

0 - No other team has defeated Australia by a bigger margin in an away Test. This was also South Africa's biggest margin of victory over Australia in Tests.

1 - This is the first time that South Africa have won a Test series at home against Australia since their readmission to international cricket.

2 - Australia's 492-run defeat was their second-worst (in terms of runs) in Test history. Their 675-run defeat against England was their worst.

3 - This is only the third time in a series of four Tests or longer have Australia not had a single century. The first time was in 1956 against England and the only other time was against South Africa in 1970.

4 - South Africa's 492-run victory over Australia is the fourth-biggest win (in terms of runs) in Test history.

4 - South Africa become the fourth team after West Indies, England, and Australia to come back from 0-1 to win 3-1.

7 - Faf du Plessis becomes just the seventh captain in the post-war era to beat Australia home and away. Len Hutton, Mike Brearley, Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Jeremy Coney and Andrew Strauss were the others.

8 - This is only the eighth time that a team has come from 0-1 down to win the Test series 3-1.

21 - Since 1997, this is the 21st successive Test match between SA and Australia in South Africa without a draw.

21.83 - Vernon Philander's average at the time of his 200th wicket is the seventh-best average for a bowler at the time of taking 200th Test wicket.

Published 03 Apr 2018
Fetching more content...
App download animated image Get the free App now