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AUS vs SA: Mentally, we weren't quite there, says Tim Paine

AUS vs SA: Mentally, we weren't quite there, says Tim Paine

He said the change in team culture that had been spoken about after the scandal had already started.

"We've potentially had our head in the sand a little bit over the last 12 months (thinking) if we continue to win we can kind of act and behave how we like and the Australian public will be OK with that", Paine said in quotes reported on Cricket Australia's official website.

The result also ranks as Australia's second-heaviest defeat by runs, and their heaviest in 90 years.

In the 1st innings Australia scored 221 runs where Tim Paine scored 62 runs so far.

During the third Test match at Cape Town, captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft were caught red-handed for ball-tampering and subsequently suffered harsh suspensions from Cricket Australia (CA). It was the superstar's first Test ton since January 2015, full of audacious strokes, and came when the match was in the balance. "It obviously had more of an effect on guys than we probably knew ourselves", he added. "We are losing a big player in Morne, but I do think there are players who can step up and fill that role", the captain said.

"This group had a chance to show some fight and determination today and we weren't able to because mentally we weren't quite there".

"There is certainly some areas of concern".

Chadd Sayers went for a golden duck as he sent a thick edge to Dean Elgar at third slip from Philander's subsequent ball and, although he could not complete a sensational hat-trick, Australia were all out within an hour and a half of play.

"Since the establishment of this Trust in 1995, 21 talented cricketers have been placed at some of South Africa's leading schools, better positioning them for academic and sporting greatness".

The absence of Smith and Warner was glaring at the Wanderers. That's something we've got to address, we've lost two of the best players in the world.

"It's been a really challenging week but you can't doubt the effort", Paine said in the post-match ceremony.

Relations between the rivals hit an all-time low during Australia's visit in 2014, when the hosts refused to invite the tourists in for a customary beer after tempers flared on the final day of that series. The task became all the more hard when they were bowled out for 221 in reply to South Africa's first-innings total of 488.

"The guys were really pumped after that first game and for the first time I could feel all 11 guys were really looking forward to the next Test to try and make a play in the series".

"This series has been remarkable".

Under new coach Ottis Gibson, Faf du Plessis and his men secured a 2-1 Test series win over India before beating Australia in a home Test series for the first time since 1970.



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