"But from the Durban Test match if we're completely honest, South Africa just outplayed us purely on skill", Paine said.
It proved an ineffective warning, with Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all being charged over their roles in the ball-tampering scandal that marred the third Test. "Will definitely miss this South African team", a teary-eyed Morkel said in his final press conference after South Africa's record 492-run win in the final Test in Johannesburg to wrap up the series against a deflated Australia. Be it the 2008/09 Test series where Australia defeated South Africa by 2-1 or be it the 2013/14 Test series between the two with the visitors defeating the hosts again by a margin of 2-1.
"Runs are important, don't get me wrong, but his leadership is crucial to the way we play our cricket as well". That hasn't happened in a four-Test series since Bill Lawry's team lost 4-0 in 1970 in South Africa.
He already conquered Australia in Australia and has now gone where no other post-apartheid South Africa captain - including Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje and Graeme Smith - has. With South Africa winning the last Test by its biggest margin ever, South Africa will surely be glad to have a home Test series victory against Australia since their readmission in 1992. "We've obviously got a new coach coming in who will have a huge say on how that is". "They went nearly from motivated to motivated-slash-angry and they were determined to turn it around. The guys were really pumped after that first game".
Warner was then given a personal send-off by a spectator at Newlands, prompting a response from the Australia batsman and the visiting coach, Darren Lehmann, labelling the crowd in Cape Town as a disgrace.
Markram finished the leading run-scorer of the series, tallying 480 runs at 60. This was the second series in succession against South Africa that they suffered a similar fate.
The end for Australia on Tuesday was calamitously fitting: Nathan Lyon couldn't make his ground scrambling for a second run.
De Villiers expressed similar sentiments last month, noting that "we were embarrassed in a way on our home soil (in the first Test), so we felt like it was time for us to really get up for it". Without their former leaders Smith and David Warner, who have long done the heavy lifting in the batting, Australia were feeble and routed for 119 in less than 90 minutes on day five.
"It's going to be a different style to what a lot of the guys have been used to but I think we'll find it pretty quickly". I enjoyed warm-ups, I enjoyed everything.