South Africa sweep Aus­tralia de­spite Warner hero­ics

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

DAVID WARNER (car­i­ca­ture) hit a mag­nif­i­cent cen­tury for Aus­tralia but could not pre­vent South Africa from com­plet­ing a clean sweep by win­ning the fifth and fi­nal one-day in­ter­na­tional by 31 runs at New­lands yes­ter­day. Warner hit 173 off 136 balls but re­ceived scant sup­port from his team­mates as Aus­tralia, chas­ing South Africa’s 327 for eight, were bowled out for 296. South Africa won all five matches in the se­ries, the first time Aus­tralia have suf­fered such a beat­ing in a five-game bi­lat­eral se­ries. Aus­tralia will re­tain their No. 1 rank­ing in one-day in­ter­na­tion­als, how­ever, with South Africa two points be­hind in sec­ond place. Rilee Ros­souw hit 122 and JP Du­miny made 73 as South Africa piled up the t h i r d- h i gh­est to­tal in a one-day in­ter­na­tional at New­lands, mak­ing them firm favourites on a ground where the high­est suc­cess­ful run chase was 258. South African cap­tain Faf du Plessis paid trib­ute to Warner for an "in­cred­i­ble in­nings" but said South Africa de­served their se­ries tri­umph. "At dif­fer­ent times dif­fer­ent guys stood up. What­ever Aus­tralia threw at us we had the an­swers. I'm very proud of the team."

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