AUS vs RSA 2nd test: Australia decimate hapless South Africa at the MCG to claim test series

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Australia win the 2nd test against South Africa

Australia defeated South Africa by an innings and 181 runs in the second Test of their three-match series, securing a 2-0 lead. The match took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and saw South Africa bowled out for 204 in their second innings, following a 386-run deficit in the first.

The Proteas’ Temba Bavuma scored the only half-century of the second innings, but also caused problems for his teammates with the run-outs of Khaya Zondo and Keshav Maharaj. South Africa faced a weakened Australian attack and lost three wickets for 18 runs after resuming at 15 for one.

Opener Sarel Erwee was dismissed by a yorker from Mitchell Starc, and Theunis de Bruyn was caught by Steve Smith off a delivery from Scott Boland.

Scott Boland took two wickets, and Nathan Lyon finished with 3-58 as South Africa were bowled out. David Warner was named Player of the Match for his impressive double-century in the first innings.

However, Mitchell Starc, who dislocated a finger on the first day but still bowled 18 overs in the second innings, will not be available for the third Test. All-rounder Cameron Green, who scored an unbeaten 51 and took 5-27 in the first innings, is also out due to a broken finger.

The Australian bowlers set up the win in the 1st innings when they bowled out the South Africans for 189. David Warner hit a double century in his 100th test, while Alex Carey hit a century as well to power Australia to 575. The hosts have won against South Africa at home for the first time in two decades as they last won a series in 2001.