ADELAIDE – Australia avoided a first Test series whitewash at home with a consolation seven-wicket victory in Adelaide as South Africa won the series 2-1.

The Proteas were bowled out for 250 before Australia chased 127 on the fourth evening of the day-night Test.

David Warner made 47, Steve Smith 40 and Matt Renshaw, the England-born opener, 34 not out off 137 balls.

Earlier, Stephen Cook converted his overnight 81 into 104 for South Africa as Mitchell Starc took 4-80.

Victory ended Australia’s run of five successive Test defeats, and was their first in any form of cricket since beating Ireland in a one-day international in September.–Agencies