South Africa v Australia: Tim Paine says Australia must improve behaviour after series defeat

Fourth Test, Johannesburg, day five:
South Africa 488 (Markram 152, Bavuma 95) & 344-6 (Du Plessis 120)
Australia 221 (Paine 62) & 119 (Philander 6-21)
South Africa won by 492 runs; win series 3-1

Captain Tim Paine said Australia must improve their “behaviour” after they were thumped by 492 runs by South Africa in the fourth Test to lose the controversial four-match series 3-1.

Australia were without the banned Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after the ball-tampering scandal that marred the third Test.

“We have potentially had our heads in the sand over the last 12 months that if we continue to win we can act how we like and the Australian public will be OK with that,” said Paine.

“We have found out in the last month that the Australian public don’t like the way we go about it, so it is pretty simple – we have to improve our behaviour.”

Paine replaced Smith as captain following Smith’s ban.

The series win was South Africa’s first over Australia at home since 1970.

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