On Saturday, Australia had a glimpse of what appeared an unlikely victory as it took six of the 20 South African wickets it needed after Cummins declared the host’s first innings at 475-4, with Usman Khawaja top scoring with 195 not out and Steve Smith making 104 for his 30th test century.
Cummins then took three wickets in a fearsome display of pace bowling at his home SCG, while Hazlewood picked up two and Nathan Lyon claimed another as the Proteas finished Saturday at 149-6, trailing Australia by 327 runs. However, South Africa lost just two wickets in the second innings
The draw denied Australia the win it needed to confirm a series clean sweep and its place in the world test championship final to be played at Lord’s in England in June, although it will have further opportunities to do so on the tour of India starting in February.
There, they will need to win or draw one of the four tests in qualify for the final, or hope Sri Lanka do not win both their away tests in New Zealand in March.
Australia had already won the series after two crushing defeats in the first two tests at Brisbane and Melbourne for its first series win at home against South Africa since 2005-06, where it also won 2-0 in a three test series.
David Warner, who scored 213 runs in four innings, was named the Man of the Series. However, his 200 runs came from one innings, which he played in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Travis Head also scored 213 runs, while Steve Smith was the highest run-scorer with 231 runs coming from his bat.
Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada took 12 and 11 wickets each, respectively.
Fans were unhappy with Warner getting the Man of Series award as they felt he wasn’t the deserving candidate. They questioned the decision.
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Warner will participate in the upcoming four-match Test series against India.