Australia takes screaming victory over number-one test team
THE incomparable fast-bowling of Mitch Johnson has inspired Australia to a 281-run thrashing of the world's number-one Test team, South Africa, on its own turf.
The result, South Africa's worst loss at home for almost 60 years, gave Australia a one-nil lead in the three-Test series.
Johnson was at his menacing best to push the Proteas to the brink of defeat, taking five second-innings wickets to lift his match tally to a career-best 12-127. Two of those snared on Saturday were thanks to the brilliance of debutant Alex Doolan fielding at short-leg.
The result at Centurion Park was sealed by Nathan Lyon's run-out of Morne Morkel that dismissed the home team for 200 from 59.4 overs, nowhere near the Test-record 482 it needed to win the match or the 174 overs it needed to face to escape with a draw.
Vice-captain A.B. de Villiers again stood tall in the South African batting line-up, top-scoring with 48, yet when he fell to a combination of Johnson's bowling and Steve Smith's sure hands at short cover it extinguished the very, very faint possibility the result would be anything other than a win to Australia.
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