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Clarke: We were totally outplayed

Port Elizabeth: Australia captain Michael Clarke conceded his side were outplayed with bat and ball after they slumped to a 231-run defeat by South Africa in the second Test on Sunday.

South Africa wrapped up victory by taking nine wickets in an extended final session on the fourth day. Paceman Dale Steyn picked up four of them, aided by some prodigious movement both ways.

The result left the series all square at 1-1 with one match in Cape Town to come.

“South Africa deserve credit. We were totally outplayed and you have seen a class spell of reverse swing from all three of their bowlers but especially Steyn,” Clarke told reporters. “We didn’t get a ball to reverse swing all game.”

Australia made a fast start in pursuit of a daunting target of 448, reaching 126 before losing all 10 wickets for 90 runs.

“We knew the best time to bat would be when the ball was new. To face the ball swinging both ways is difficult at any time but especially when you walk out to bat with nought against your name,” said Clarke. (Reuters)