Australia have slumped to a 31-run defeat in the fifth one-day international against South Africa at Cape Town despite a sensational 173 by David Warner.
The left-handed opener’s heroics weren’t enough to prevent Australia making history by losing five matches in a bilateral ODI series for the first time.
The Proteas’ 5-0 whitewash was secured thanks to Rilee Rossouw’s third ODI hundred as the left-hander lifted the hosts to 7-327 at Newlands.
In reply, Warner’s monumental knock took the tourists within 41 runs of their victory target but when he was run out in the 48th over any hope of an unlikely win was gone.
Warner’s fifth ODI hundred of 2016 now means he has scored 1089 runs this year from 20 matches with an average of 57.31.
It was also the highest score by an Australian in an ODI against South Africa, eclipsing Ricky Ponting’s 164 in 2006’s remarkable game at the Wanderers.