South African captain Faf du Plessis hailed what he said was South Africa's most complete performance of a 10-Test summer during which his second-ranked team had beaten top side India and third-ranked Australia. In reply, Australia made 221 in their first innings and were 88 for 3 at the end of the 4th day's play, still trailing by 524 runs.
"I haven't given it much thought until you just asked me".
As Morne Morkel bowed out of global cricket and South Africa made history, Vernon Philander's heroics at the Wanderers on Tuesday were somewhat overshadowed. "It was nice to see him solider on, that's what leaders do and I never expected him to do anything else". "If the hunger is still there then I will try and push it as long as I can". Not one day did I not enjoy coming to nets and warm-ups. The main thing (worry) was for me to, with the injections, make it worse and be out for three-four months.
Without diving into the now monotonous story of Bancroft's methods, the orders issued to him from his two leaders from beforehand, coach Darren Lehmann's unawareness of the criminal ideas, the predictable consequences of the same on the trio, Lehmann's resignation and the public emotional outburst from the sacked "leadership group", the match will never be remembered for South Africa's massive win by 322 runs. "The way he came out and landed the ball was sensational". It's a battle between two guys who are highly competitive.
The Australian side have been rocked by a ball-tampering scandal in which former captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were sent home after the third Test before being slapped with hefty bans. Pat Cummins took three wickets for Australia in the 2nd innings.
"Has been a really challenging week, can't doubt our effort".
Elgar admitted the good guy transformation felt odd in the fourth Test under Tim Paine's captaincy, after the antagonistic and toxic series blew up last week after the ball-tampering scandal.
"We've potentially maybe had our head in the sand a little bit over the last 12 months (thinking) if we continue to win we can kind of act and behave how we like and the Australian public will be OK with that", Paine said.
"That was awesome that Vernon did that", man-of-the-series Kagiso Rabada said after the Test match. When you're slightly off in Test cricket, against world-class opposition, you're found wanting - and we certainly were. He has had the edge over me but I know he has also bowled a hell of a lot of balls at me and I've frustrated him.
"It's odd. I've played quite a few Tests against Australia and it's definitely been the most docile Test since I played Test cricket".
South Africa's previous biggest Test win was by 358 wins against New Zealand back in 2007-08. In the end, it was a run-out, perhaps appropriately effected by Markram, who with 480 was comfortably the leading run-scorer in the series.
"Getting injured and still bowling epitomises what Morne has done for us and what he brings to team and in the changing room". "All of us are in the same boat, we are just taking it series by series".