, 2022-12-19 02:17:00,
The Proteas formed a huddle next to the Gabba boundary rope on Sunday afternoon, linking arms under the South African flag.
The Test match was effectively over. They had been embarrassed, rolled for 99, their lowest score on Australian soil since World War II, setting the hosts a paltry target of 34 for victory.
Proteas captain Dean Elgar spoke to his comrades, mapping out a plan for the final 45 minutes of the match. Keshav Maharaj nodded in approval.
The South Africans seemingly had nothing to gain, but that certainly wasn’t the case.
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Kagiso Rabada set about terrorising Australia’s top order on the green monster, taking four wickets in an explosive four-over spell that stunned the Brisbane crowd and, importantly, crippled the confidence of his opponents.
Usman Khawaja was the first to go, backing away and carving a short delivery towards to point fielder. The elegant left-hander had contributed 13 runs in the Gabba Test, making it his worst performance in Australian whites since March 2018.
David Warner departed soon after, edging a length delivery with minimal footwork towards the slip cordon for 3. The veteran opener cracked a smile, glanced down at the wicket and quickly made his way back towards the sheds.
It was the fifth consecutive time Rabada had dismissed Warner in Tests, with the New South Welshman failing to reach fifty on each occasion….
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