Australia v South Africa: Steve Smith century secures series win

Australia all-rounder Steve Smith scores a century against South Africa at the MCG
Steve Smith reached his century off 109 balls and struck seven boundaries
Fourth one-day international, Melbourne:
Australia 268-7 (49 overs) beat South Africa 267-8 (50 overs) by three wickets
Match scorecard

Steve Smith scored 104 off 112 balls as Australia beat South Africa by three wickets to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match one-day series.

Smith shared a sixth-wicket stand of 121 with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade as the hosts chased 268 in Melbourne.

Australia had slumped to 98-5 before Wade and Smith guided them to 219-6, and James Faulkner's unbeaten 34 helped secure victory with an over to spare.

Captain AB de Villiers top scored with 91 in South Africa's total of 267-8.

The fifth and final one-day international - which is the last match of South Africa's tour - takes place at Sydney on Sunday.

Australia then begin a four-Test series against India on 4 December - with skipper Michael Clarke battling to be fit for the first Test in Brisbane because of a hamstring injury which has kept him out since the first one-dayer against the Proteas.

Top Stories