THE echo of the ball flying off the confident bat of South Africa's Hashim Amla was the death rattle of Australia's 16 years without a series loss at home.
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Analysts investigating Australia's dramatic Test cricket demise say there are no suspicious circumstances.
It simply followed a short illness complicated by player arrogance, chronic selection short-sightedness, poor captaincy decisions, unreliable batting, indecisive bowling and fielding clumsiness.
Any obituary will say the few spasms of competitiveness Australia mustered in both Tests were brutally amputated by a cohesive South Africa, who recorded their first series victory in Australia.