TEENAGER Pat Cummins followed up his six-wicket haul with the winning boundary as Australia secured a drawn series against South Africa by taking victory in a frantic finish in Johannesburg.
The 18-year-old was a hero with the ball earlier in the match and today came in with Australia wobbling on 292 for eight, still needing another 18 runs.
He rode his luck, offering Dale Steyn a caught-and-bowled chance, before pulling the match-deciding four off Imran Tahir.
At the other end, Mitchell Johnson finished unbeaten on 40, while Brad Haddin’s 55 and 39 from Mike Hussey had earlier helped nudge Australia towards their target of 310.
Australia lost the opener in the two-match series by eight wickets in Cape Town, but seized their chance to make up for that disappointment.
Cummins could hardly have made a more spectacular debut, and was named man of the match for his achievements.
“Just to get a Test match is unbelievable. Obviously this is a great win today,” Cummins said “We came from behind and this just tops it off.
“It was great to bowl them out yesterday and to contribute was even better.
“I was a little bit nervous when I came in at the end. I just tried to swing as hard as I could.”
Australia had been 142 for three overnight, a position which gave both teams cause for optimism, but a washed-out morning let them waiting.
Proud Australia captain Michael Clarke explained he was “yelling like an absolute goose” in the final stages of the match, but said: “I couldn’t be happier with the result.”