Du Plessis delighted with South Africa's 'remarkable' series fightback

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis lauded his "unstoppable" side after they completed a 3-1 Test series win over Australia on Tuesday.

The Proteas and, in particular, bowler Vernon Philander worked quickly on the final day in Johannesburg, bowling the tourists out within an hour and a half of play.

And Du Plessis looked back on the series with delight, crediting his team for bouncing back from defeat in the first Test to dominate Australia.

"This series has been remarkable," he said at the post-series presentation. "As a team, we've performed really well.

"You don't often get the opportunity to play against Australia in a series and beat them 3-1. That says a lot about the cricket that we played.

"Since that first Test match, the guys have been extremely motivated to turn it around. Our cricket has been amazing. It's been a long summer and a very successful summer for this Test team.

"This is a very proud captain standing here."

He added: "I've never seen our team as motivated as after that first loss. The guys were hurting and wanted to prove a point. Since then, we've been unstoppable."

AB de Villiers, who starred with the bat having returned to the team in December after missing most of 2017, said: "I'm very happy.

"I'm enjoying my cricket. The environment makes it so easy to just come in and enjoy yourself, to play the best cricket you can possibly play.

"This is probably the best series I've been a part of in my career."

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