South Africa crash Ricky Ponting's farewell party with big win over Australia

South Africa also became the first team to win back-to-back series in Australia since the terrifying West Indies side in 1988-89 and 1992-93. The South Africans achieved it with sporting good grace after forming a highly unusual honour guard for Ricky Ponting, 37, Test cricket's second highest run-scorer, as he emerged for his final innings.

updated: December 03, 2012 18:12 IST
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Perth: South Africa thrashed Australia by 309 runs in the third Test on Monday to hold on to their number one Test ranking and ruin an emotional farewell for veteran batsman Ricky Ponting. (Pics: Amul's utterly punterly tribute to Ponting)

Set a mammoth target of 632 runs to win, Australia lost their first wicket on the second ball of the fourth day and they were eventually dismissed for 322 as the Proteas sealed the three-Test series 1-0.


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