"It's been a really challenging week but you can't doubt the effort", Paine said in the post-match ceremony.
Kagiso Rabada, the youngest of the lot at 22, made a decision to be that man as he picked up 11 wickets in the match - his fourth 10-wicket match haul in Test cricket - and helped his team register an emphatic six-wicket win to level the series. South African captain Faf du Plessis hailed what he said was South Africa's most complete performance of a 10-Test summer during which his second- ranked team had beaten top side India and third-ranked Australia. "This last test match there was a lot of seam movement".
Australia captain Tim Paine insists it is time for his side to change the way they play the game as they start to reform following the ball-tampering saga in South Africa. I thought we were going to be better than we were.
Australia won the first Test of the series before the hosts hit back to claim their first Test series win at home to the Aussies since readmission with a 3-1 result.
No Australian batsman scored a century this series.
South Africa opener Dean Elgar described the match as the "most docile" he has played against Australia but said he was "pretty sure it's not going to last very long". "They went nearly from motivated to motivated-slash-angry and they were determined to turn it around".
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The tourists were bowled out for 119 in pursuit of a fanciful 612 victory target after Philander bulldozed their batting line-up on the final morning with figures of six for South Africa. That hasn't happened in a four-Test series since Bill Lawry's team lost 4-0 in 1970 in South Africa.
Markram finished the leading run-scorer of the series, tallying 480 runs at 60. A run out to Nathan Lyon, the final wicket, was a fitting final humiliation of a shambolic tour.
While South Africa were eventually bowled out for 298, Markram's 143 proved to be the foundation for a successful series on a personal level - he would later post 81 in Cape Town and 152 in Johannesburg.
Morkel had nostalgic tears in his eyes at his final news conference, a moment that restored some spirit to the series and the sport after banned Australians Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft broke down in distress while fronting the media after they were sent home in disgrace for the ball-tampering plan.
The 33-year-old Morkel, who made his worldwide debut in 2006, says he will miss playing front of the South African public but is happy to pass the torch onto another young player. I enjoyed warm-ups, I enjoyed everything.