Australia beat South Africa by an innings in Melbourne to seal dominant series win

Dominant: Australia wrapped up the series against South Africa  (Getty Images)
Dominant: Australia wrapped up the series against South Africa (Getty Images)

Australia beat South Africa in a crushing victory to seal a dominant series win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

South Africa started the fourth day of the second Test on 15 for one - a deficit of 371 runs - after Australia declared on 575.

But the Proteas were dismissed for just 204 - with off-spinner Nathan Lyon taking three for 58 - as Australia raced to victory by an innings and 182 runs.

Temba Bavuma’s 65 was the only resistance of note before he perished to an ugly slog-sweep at Lyon.

Australia’s seventh win from 11 Tests in 2022 sees them open up an unassailable 2-0 lead over the Proteas.

The hosts’ comprehensive win rarely looked in doubt after David Warner marked his 100th Test by hitting a memorable 200.

Warner, 36, was awarded the player of the match for his first three-figure Test return since January 2020.

The concluding match of the three-Test series starts in Sydney on January 3.

Additional reporting from PA