South Africa’s pacemen tore through Australia’s last eight wickets before lunch on day four to complete an humiliating innings and 80-run defeat in Hobart on Tuesday and seal the three-match Test series with a game to spare, says a report in The Indian Express.
“Australia had resumed their second innings on 121-2, with hope of saving the match on an overcast day at Bellerive Oval, but their batsmen crumbled to 161 all out in the face of quality seam bowling. Resurgent South Africa won the series-opener in Perth by 177 runs and will head into their first day-night Test match in Adelaide next week confident they can sweep their demoralised opponents. It was their third straight Test series win in Australia after their 2008 and 2012 successes,” says the report.
Meanwhile, according to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, Captain Steve Smith said his side had to "find a way to be successful". "We've got to find a way to be a bit more resilient, spend some time out in the middle," he said, adding, "It seems at the moment whether it's seaming, swinging or spinning we're having some trouble. We've got to find ways, whether it's moving out of your crease, getting a bigger stride or getting your head over the ball a bit better, something like that.
"We've got to find a way to be successful because what we're doing at the moment isn't working."
According to a news report in the Daily Mail, Australia has never been swept in a test series on home soil, and is in grave danger of ending that streak.
"Australia is one of the toughest places to come and win," said Faf du Plessis, who was standing in for de Villers as captain. "We are looking to go for places that may have seemed unlikely. This is a very special moment. There is an opportunity to play the pink ball and beat Australia 3-0."