South Africa hold top spot with emphatic Perth win

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Updated: December 4, 2012

A superb 309-run win in the third test against Australia at the Waca in Perth on Monday helped South Africa to secure a test series win Down Under while consolidating their No 1 position in the world.

Australia resumed on 40 without loss on Monday in their pursuit of a highly improbable winning target of 632.

They were dismissed for 322 after tea on Monday after superb bowling performances by the seam bowling trio and three key scalps for left-arm spinner Robin Peterson.

The 309-run victory provides a fitting climax to what has been a great test year for South Africa.

Their 1-0 test series win against Australia Down Under is only the second occasion in history that a South African team has beaten the Baggy Greens in Australia in a test series – the first being in 2008.

South Africa also beat England 2-0 in England to replace the hosts at the summit of the test rankings.

South Africa 225 (du Plessis 78*) and 569 (Amla 196, de Villiers 169, Smith 84, Starc 6-154) beat Australia 163 (Wade 68, Steyn 4-40) and 322 (Starc 68*, Cowan 53, Steyn 3-72, Peterson 3-127) by 309 runs