South Africa sweep Australia despite Warner heroics
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."