Aussies deserve top spot after beating South Africa in Test

AUSTRALIAN cricket captain Michael Clarke says it didn't matter how the Aussies beat South Africa in the final Test, it was always going to be special.

"We were playing against the number one team in their own backyard,'' Clarke told journalists at the end of the epic match.

The Aussie captain also gave credit to South Africa's batsman for hanging in as long as they did, saying their performance was a credit to them - and a lesson to Australia's attack.

Australia's victory was the hardest-earn win of the seven games they have won from their past eight Test.

But the 245 run victory over South Africa in Cape Town arguably gives them a credible claim to being the best team in the world.

The result won't dislodge South Africa from atop the ICC rankings.

But the manner in which it was achieved - with less than five overs remaining - was certainly memorable.

It was battle-scarred warhorse Ryan Harris who delivered the win as the home side hung on grimly during a day that laboured for the first two sessions before sparking into life in the final hours.

Harris ripped an in-swinging yorker through the defence of Dale Steyn to break a dogged 75-minute stand between the hobbled fast bowler and Vernon Philander.

The Australian quick then pulled the same trick two balls later to topple last man Morne Morkel, sparking riotous celebrations among the Australians.

 

 

 

More on Australia's victory at the Cricket Australia site


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