South Africa seals big win in 2nd test, clinches series

HOBART, Australia (AP) South Africa has clinched the three-test series against Australia with a match to spare, following up its 177-run win in Perth with an emphatic victory by an innings and 80 runs on Tuesday at Bellerive Oval.

It was South Africa's third consecutive series win on Australian soil – following victories in 2008-09 and 2012-13 – and it handed Steve Smith his fifth straight test defeat as Australia captain.

The Australians resumed on day four at 121 for two, still needing 121 to make South Africa bat again in the second test, but lost eight wickets for 32 runs in another staggering batting collapse.

The Australians were skittled for 85 after being sent in on a green pitch on Saturday, and conceded a 241-run deficit when South Africa replied with 326.

Usman Khawaja top-scored with 64 but was out swiping at a ball from Kyle Abbott and edging behind, triggering the collapse. Australia slumped from 129-2 to all out for 166 before lunch on the fourth day.

Abbott returned 6-77 and Kagiso Rabada had 4-34, the fast bowlers dominating some fickle Australian batting again.