x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

South Africa end Aussie dominance

South Africa were smiling as Australia tasted a series defeat on home soil for the first time in 15 years.

The South African players could not hide their joy after completing a first series victory in Australia. The win in Melbourne puts the Proteas 2-0 up in the series with one Test left to play. Jacques Kallis, who has been on the end of some stinging losses at the hands of the Australians, said that the feat was just as big ? if not bigger ? than winning the World Cup. It was Australia's first series defeat at home since 1992-93 and puts South Africa just one Test win away from becoming the new number one nation in the world. Kallis, who picked up his 250th Test scalp during the match and is now just 53 runs away from becoming the eighth cricketer to reach 10,000 runs, and could barely hide his excitement at his team's performance. "At the MCG, what better place to want to do it. I've had some individual high moments here but this one takes the cake," Kallis, who is on his fourth tour of Australia, told Channel 9. "Having won a Test match here beats all those feelings, it's an unbelievable effort." Led by the captain Graeme Smith, the Proteas reached the victory target of 183 midway through the second session to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. But Kallis said there were still some nervous moments in the dressing rooms despite the relatively small run chase. "I don't think it's ever easy when you're chasing a total," he said. "There's always anxious moments." Smith, meanwhile, hailed his team in his victory speech. "It has been such a special moment for all of us, it has been an incredible team effort," he said. "I have been smiling non-stop since we hit the winning runs." "To be 2-0 up after this game was something we only dreamt of." *PA