Vernon Philander took 6 for 21 as South Africa managed to bundle out Australia for just 119 who needed 611 runs to level the series in Johannesburg.
In the process, Philander reached to 200 Test wickets as Morkel finished with 3 in the game taking his Test wickets tally to 306 Test wickets.
A century from SouthAfrica skipper Faf Du Plessis (120) helped the Proteas finish at 344. South Africa thus, pushed Australia's second innings total with over 600 to win which seemed increasingly difficult in just two days.
As it turned out South Africa won the match by 492 runs an completed a series victory with a 3-1 scoreline.
Cricket fraternity hailed an impressive South African series win and the competitive cricket that was played in the process. A series which saw South Africa lose the first Test match in Durban, saw them turn around their fate rather dramatically. Marred by controversies this series seriously tested the character of South Africa as a team and it has to be said them not only did they win the series but they have won the hearts of cricket fans and experts alike.
Here are some of the best tweets.
Another heavy defeat and heavy hearts ♥️ after being 1 test up in the series ????.....it ended in disaster on and off the field ????— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) April 3, 2018
losing 3/1 to a very good South African team
Philander bowling today summed up their execution taking 6/12#PhilanderPathwayToPavilion#SafvAus pic.twitter.com/Tl2CyPAZbU
What an absolute ripper of a series.. been great to watch.!! #SAvsAUS— David Miller (@DavidMillerSA12) April 3, 2018
So,492 runs is the margin of defeat for Australia. Before that Saturday evening, it looked such a close series,but Australia found it impossible to maintain the intensity post the ball tampering saga. Congratulations to Morne Morkel on a great career, giant ,unsung hero. #SAvAUS— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 3, 2018
South Africa must be on top of the world. And deservedly so. A win over Australia is always special for them and this was destruction.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 3, 2018
Test cricket is alive and kicking. Congrats @OfficialCSA on a great series win. Fitting send off to a true champion @mornemorkel65 clinical as always by #TheSurgeon @VDP_24 congrats on the #200club brother. Awesome work @faf1307 and co. #ProteaFire #Spirited #SAvAUS— JP Duminy (@jpduminy21) April 3, 2018
Well done Proteas. Great series win against Aus. Congrats @mornemorkel65 on a fantastic career.— Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) April 3, 2018
Aussie Crkt vehicle’s darned deflated..w/no visible mechanism..but as they say ‘show must go on’.! A word o caution though..only an ignorant fool’d write off an injured Kangaroo..!!— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) April 3, 2018
England beat SA in SA.— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) April 3, 2018
Australia loses to SA in SA.
Yet, Australia pummel England in The Ashes.
The weird and wonderul results in sport. #Sport is the greatest entertainment!