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Australia beat South Africa by innings and 182 runs in Melbourne to seal Test series

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Australia thrashed South Africa by an innings and 182 runs in the second Test to win the series with a game to spare. Resuming on 15-1, South Africa were bowled out for 204 before tea on the fourth day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed 3-58, including Temba Bavuma for 65, while Khaya Zondo and Keshav Maharaj were needlessly run out. The final Test in Sydney starts on 3 January.

Australia, who won the first Test inside two days, extended their lead over India at the top of the World Test Championship table. South Africa, who began the series in second, are now fourth. Australia captain Pat Cummins described his side, who have won seven of their 11 Tests in 2022, as “probably the best test team I’ve played in”.

Chief scores

South Africa: 189 (Green 5-27) & 204 (Bavuma 65, Lyon 3-58)

Australia: 575-8 dec (Warner 200, Carey 111, Smith 85). (BBC)



Friday, December 30, 2022 – 01:00

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