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November 16, 2016
Six of the best

MAIN MAN: SA ace Kyle Abbott

Abbott grabs half dozen as Proteas claim series in Oz

Kyle Abbott took six wickets as the Proteas beat Australia by an innings and 80 runs on the fourth morning of the second Test.

Yesterday’s demolition Down Under claimed an emphatic series win for South Africa, who are looking to make it 3-0 in the final clash in Adelaide – their first day/night Test.

It was their third successive series win in Australia following similar triumphs in 2008 and 2012.

The combined onslaught from Man of the Match Kyle Abbott (6/77), Kagiso Rabada (4/34) and Vernon

Philander (0/31) saw the hosts lose eight wickets for 32 runs.

Abbott made the initial breakthroughs to get rid of Usman Khawaja and Adam Voges, then Rabada swept the middle and lower order away with a display of hostility and pace that was far too good for his opponents before Abbott wrapped up the tail.

Rabada took 4/9 in his spell and has clearly introduced a fear factor that the Australian batsmen have been unable to overcome.

On bowling the Aussies out in the first session, Abbott says: “We didn’t think we’d get close to bowling them out in the first session.”

“At the start of a Test, you always that you’ll be willing to keep going until the final afternoon.

“So when things do speed up and happen like that, it’s rewarding. But we bowled really well [on Monday] after tea.

“That was our investment session for this morning and we knew that we were one or two balls from cracking open the middle order this morning. And that was just reward.”

Looking ahead to the final Test of the series and an eighth-straight win over the Aussies, Abbott says he has no problem with the pink ball.

The 29-year-old says: “Ja we had a few practices in Adelaide and it’s not that much different to a red ball.

“Whether it swings or not all depends on the surface. It might nip, it might not.

“But under the lights, it did nip around a bit. So we’ll just have to see when we get there.”

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