The Proteas first-ever Test series win in Australia in 2008 was largely down to JP Duminy’s magnificent and game-changing 166 runs in the second Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Playing in only his second match after the Proteas won the opening encounter in Perth, Duminy strolled to the crease with the Proteas in a spot of bother at 127-4 after Australia posted 394 in their first innings.
The visitors slumped to 251-8 when Dale Steyn joined Duminy in the middle and together they produced one of South Africa’s most famous partnerships of 180 for the ninth wicket, helping the Proteas to a total of 459.
Duminy, though, was the anchor of South Africa’s recovery and initial survival with the bat as he brought up his maiden Test ton. He would eventually account for a spectacular 166 before departing, putting South Africa in control of the match, which led to a nine-wicket victory and a series win.