Du Plessis delighted to break long Australia jinx

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With the series going in South Africa's favor, this Test series has been one to watch out for, with controversies flying right from the first match to players getting banned and some exciting cricket being played over the past 30 days, this series is not something one would soon forget.

Fast bowler Morne Morkel says he will definitely miss playing global after helping the Proteas to an historic series victory over Australia. South Africa beat Australia in the final test match by mammoth 492 runs.

Regrettably for coach Darren Lehmann - who tearfully announced last week this would be his final match in charge - plus Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, it was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. I'm really going to miss the banter in the change room, but I'm also excited for the new guy who's going to come into the team and enjoy this journey. "I honestly felt we were going to be a lot better than we were but it (the scandal) probably had a lot more of an effect on guys than we thought", he added. Be it the 2008/09 Test series where Australia defeated South Africa by 2-1 or be it the 2013/14 Test series between the two with the visitors defeating the hosts again by a margin of 2-1.

The defeat gave South Africa a 3-1 series victory, their first at home against Australia since 1969-70.

In what could be a watershed series, they have also caused a change in the way Australia will play their cricket in the future following the ball-tampering furore for which this series will long be remembered. "The guys were really pumped after that first game".

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Vernon Philander bulldozed through their batting line-up on the final morning with figures of six for 21 as South Africa took less than 90 minutes to win by 492 runs on the final day. No Australian made a hundred.

Du Plessis admitted his side were stung into action by what transpired in the first Test. The three highest run-scorers of the series were South Africans.

Australia peppered South Africa with verbals in that match, during which Nathan Lyon was charged by the match referee for his "ball drop" celebration after completing Warner's run out of de Villiers.

While South Africa were eventually bowled out for 298, Markram's 143 proved to be the foundation for a successful series on a personal level - he would later post 81 in Cape Town and 152 in Johannesburg.

The 33-year-old Morkel, who made his global debut in 2006, says he will miss playing front of the South African public but is happy to pass the torch onto another young player. "I still have a love of the game".

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