Australia win Sydney Test, retain the top slot in ICC rankings
Skipper Graeme Smith came out to bat with a broken finger but could not save the match for South Africa as Australia won by 103 runs in the third and final cricket Test on Wednesday to prevent a series white-wash and retain the top spot in ICC rankings.
Chasing an improbable 376 for victory, the South Africans, who were 62 for one overnight, folded up for 272 just 10 balls before the scheduled close of play on the final day.
However Proteas clinched the winner's trophy after triumphs in the first two matches in Perth and Melbourne.
Graeme Smith batted with a fractured hand in one of cricket's bravest acts but narrowly failed to save his side from defeat as Australia claimed victory with 10 balls to spare on the final day of the third Test.
Mitchell Johnson (2-49) bowled Smith for three in the 115th over of the innings and the Proteas were dismissed for 272 at 5.34pm (AEDT) chasing 376 to win.
Paceman Peter Siddle took 3-54 after his career-best 5-59 in South Africa's first innings.
Smith, who suffered a fractured left hand in South Africa's first innings, removed his plaster cast and walked out to bat at 9-257 with 8.2 overs remaining, to generous applause from the SCG crowd.
Also troubled by a right-elbow tendon injury which he has carried for several months, Smith faced 17 deliveries and batted for 29 minutes.