VS AUSTRALIA (2018): SA won by 492 runs
The match after the infamous “Sandpapergate” Test at Newlands, Australia arrived at the venue mentally shot with a swirl of criticism back home and they were never in the contest. Aiden Markram’s 152 in the first innings set the home side up, while Vernon Philander’s 6-21 in the tourists’ second innings skittled them for 119, completing a 3-1 series win for the home side. It is SA’s biggest margin of victory by runs in their Test history.
VS PAKISTAN (2019): SA won by 107 runs
A low scoring Test won comfortably by SA in the end, led by Duanne Olivier’s match figures of 8-125. Quinton de Kock also scored a superb 129 in the second innings, ably supported by Hashim Amla’s 71. No other batsman scored more than 23 in their total of 303.
VS ENGLAND (2020): England won by 191 runs
SA’s batting woes cost them the match as they responded to England’s first innings score of 400 with a paltry 183, only Quinton de Kock (76) playing a lone hand. Beuran Hendricks took 5-64 to restrict England to 248 in their second innings, but SA fell well short of their victory target of 466 despite a breezy 98 from Rassie van der Dussen.
VS SRI LANKA (2021): SA won by 10 wickets
A victory set up by the bowlers as Anrich Nortjé took 6-56 in the first innings and Lungi Ngidi 4-44 in the second. Dean Elgar scored 127 in the first SA innings to go with 67 from Rassie van der Dussen, as the home side dominated the Test from start to finish.