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Recent epic Tests between Aussies, SAfrica

AAP logoAAP 30/10/2016 Rob Forsaith

RECENT TENSE TESTS BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA

2014, Cape Town

A close-fought series boiled down to the final hour at Newlands, where a hobbled Ryan Harris finally broke through South Africa's stonewall to secure victory and the No.1 Test ranking. Relations between the teams hit a new low, with the majority of the hosts unwilling to share a customary post-series beer. AB de Villiers says he's never copped worst sledging, while Dale Steyn is yet to forgive Michael Clarke for comments he made. Faf du Plessis likened the opposition to a "pack of dogs" - prompting the tourists to howl at him during play.

2012, Adelaide Oval

Peter Siddle bowled himself to breaking point, delivering 63.5 overs for the match after fellow quick James Pattinson broke down. Siddle struggled to stand at the end of play and missed the ensuing series decider, which the Proteas won. Du Plessis was hailed a hero by South Africa, having spent almost eight hours at the crease on debut to deny the hosts victory.

2011, Johannesburg

Pat Cummins, then aged 18, was given the new ball on debut and didn't disappoint. The speedster claimed seven wickets for the match and struck the winning runs in Australia's thrilling two-wicket victory. The result was all the more remarkable given it came after Michael Clarke's side were skittled for 47 in Cape Town.

2009, Durban

An inexperienced Australian outfit were upset winners of this three-Test series, thanks in no small part to Phillip Hughes. Hughes, one of four men to receive their baggy green during the trip, made a mockery of South Africa's star-studded attack by scoring centuries in both innings at Kingsmead.

2009, SCG

Graeme Smith personified leadership on this tour, when South Africa secured their first ever Test series win in Australia. Smith was named man of the series, having played key roles in wins at the WACA and MCG. The opener's most memorable moment came in the dead rubber that Australia won, when he walked out to bat at No.11 with a broken hand.

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