PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Dale Steyn of South Africa celebrates dismissing Michael Hussey of Australia during day four of the Third Test Match between Australia and South Africa at WACA on December 3, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

South Africa powered to a mammoth 309-run victory over Australia in Perth today on the back of another excellent performance by the team’s bowling unit.

The victory clinched a 1-0 series triumph, the second in succession by the Proteas in Australia. A drawn series would have been enough for the South Africans to retain their top ranking in the Test arena, but their clinical win with more than a day to spare reinforced their No 1 status.

Australia, set 632 to win, began the fourth day today on 40/0 and were dealt an early blow when opener David Warner was caught off the second ball of the morning.

The Proteas bowlers were irrepressible, all of them playing a part in the steady disintegration of the opposition. Spinner Robin Peterson claimed the wickets of Ricky Ponting, captain Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade for a match haul of six wickets.

Paceman Dale Steyn finished it off, though, in the final session, breaking an 87-run stand for the 10th wicket. Steyn had earlier got rid of Michael Hussey and Ed Cowan, and finished with seven wickets in the match.

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