Aussies crash despite Johnson ton

South Africa completed an innings victory over Australia on day four of the third Test in Cape Town, despite a fine century from Mitchell Johnson.

Johnson finished on 123 not out from just 103 balls as Australia made 422 in their second innings, just 20 runs short of making South Africa bat again.

Paul Harris took a career-best 6-127 in the innings and 9-161 in the match, while Dale Steyn finished with 3-96.

The result means the three-Test series finished 2-1 to Australia.

“Obviously, any time you lose it really hurts, but this has been really poor,” said captain Ricky Ponting, after Australia were condemned to their first innings defeat since India beat them in Calcutta in 1998.

“The first two Tests were as good as we have played, while the first two days here were as bad as we have ever played. It shows if you’re not quite there in terms of your best then results are not going to go your way.

 

We can take the momentum from this match into our series with England 
Stand-in South Africa captain Jacques Kallis

“Bringing along a new generation of Australian players we’ve played some really good cricket. The Ashes series will be another opportunity for them.” 

South African stand-in captain Jacques Kallis said the triumph had provided the team with a major boost before their next Test series against England next winter.

“Obviously we’re elated, it was huge to turn around our fortunes after the last two Tests. We’ve gained in confidence from this game and we can take the momentum from this match into our series with England,” Kallis said.

Harris, the slow left-armer, was named man of the match at Newlands, but the day belonged to Johnson in notching his maiden first-class ton from just 86 balls.

He was given superb support from Andrew McDonald, who made 68 to share a 163-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

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