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Australia win third Test to sweep series

Damien Martyn completed his century to help Australia edge a tense two-wicket victory over South Africa.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 15:39 IST

Damien Martyn completed his century to help Australia edge a tense victory over South Africa in the third test on Tuesday, with Brett Lee hitting the winning runs to earn the tourists a two-wicket triumph.

Martyn top scored with 101 as Australia, who needed 292 to win, reached 294-8 on the fifth morning of the final test as the tourists secured a first series sweep in South Africa.

The 34-year-old right-hander batted for 286 minutes, faced 208 balls and hit 13 fours in his 13th century, before he was dismissed with Australia 34 runs short of their target.

Stuart Clark was next to go on 275, bringing Michael Kasprowicz to the crease.

Opener Justin Langer, who was concussed by a Ntini bouncer in the first innings, was unlikely to bat in the second innings leaving Lee (24) and Kasprowicz (7) to guide Australia to victory.

Australia won the first Test by seven wickets in Cape Town, and the second Test by 112 runs in Durban.