Proteas seal series victory

03 April 2018 06:25:21 EST

Faf du Plessis' South Africa have been congratulated on the biggest Test win in their history - and a series victory over Australia.

The Proteas crushed an Australian side - missing banned trio Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft plus injured fast bowler Mitchell Starc - by a whopping 492 runs in Johannesburg.

The tourists lost seven wickets for 31 runs on the fifth and final morning - Vernon Philander claiming the first six before the run out of Nathan Lyon completed the rout.

"Congratulations to captain Faf du Plessis, head coach Ottis Gibson and all the players and team management on their outstanding achievement," said Cricket South Africa's acting chief executive Thabang Moroe.

"This is the first time we have won a home series against Australia since unity and to complete away and home series wins against them in the space of 17 months is a huge achievement.

"One must make special mention of Ottis as well in his first year in charge of our national side.

"There have been many outstanding individual achievements from the likes of Kagiso Rabada, the leading wicket-taker in the series, and Aiden Markram, the leading runs scorer in the series, among others but this has been a real team effort with all the players contributing to this success.

"Vernon Philander's performance today was quite exceptional."

South Africa are 6/1 to win the Twenty20 World Cup in 2020, while Australia can be backed at 11/4.

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