Skipper Graeme Smith came out to bat with a broken finger but could not save the match for South Africa as Australia won the third Test by 103 runs in the third Test to prevent a series whitewash.
Chasing an improbable 376 for victory, the South Africans folded up for 272 just 10 balls before the scheduled close of play on the final day. Smith won the Man of the Series award for his aggregate of 326 runs and 'exceptional leadership' in the series.
Smith had not expected to bat and did not have any clothes to wear when his turn came. Jacques Kallis provided the playing trousers, Paul Harris a jersey while Morne Morkel strapped on the pads and tied up his boots. Neil McKenzie chimed in, turning his batting gloves into an improvised splint.
The left-hander entered the ground to a rousing reception, with the SCG standing up to applaud the visiting skipper for his gritty decision. Smith batted in discomfort for his three runs but held out for nearly seven overs with Makhaya Ntini (23 not out) before the end came.