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The idea of a South African pace pack should conjure up images of fire and fury, speed and snarling, aggression and attitude. . Its vinnige (fast) Fanie, angry Allan Donald, dramatic Dale Steyn. Theres not much room for boring, even less for subtle, except now.In Hobart, South Africa showed not just their skills but also the consistency with which they can execute that talent. They have mastered the margins and operate within them with such accuracy that theyve taken 10 wickets for under 100 runs seven times in the last five years. Thats more than any other team. In this series, theyve already done it twice.Their three-pronged pace pack, even without Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, can apply consistent pressure. They bowl on a ten cent piece, Steven Smith, Australias embattled captain, said. They dont give you any freebies. They challenge your defenses.As a collective, they always challenge batsmens defenses, albeit in different ways. First there is Vernon Philander, whose strategy is the simplest. On a surface which offers any assistance, he is doubly effective. He showed it on the first morning: fourth stump, outside off, move the ball a little. He chases the edge and targets the pads, limits the runs but does not search for speed. It doesnt matter if you bowl 115 or 150, he said. He reeled off five successive maidens on the final morning as proof.From the other end, there is Kagiso Rabada, who can send the speed gun soaring towards 150kph and can unleash a yorker as dangerous as his bouncer. Rabada has endless energy, the stamina for long spells and the sensibility to know what to do during them. A thoroughbred, former bowling coach Allan Donald called him. The ace for South Africa in this Test was Kyle Abbott. Coming off the bench, having last played a Test match in January and considering himself outside the first three or maybe even four seamers to play he looked the part. Abbott was picked ahead of Morkel not only because the latter is still searching for match fitness, but also because seam movement was going to be a factor. Abbott more than justified his inclusion. He worked Usman Khawaja over on the final morning by pitching it up and either moving it away or straightening; eventually he cashed in on Khawajas uncertainty. Adam Voges also misjudged the length, underlining Abbotts ability to force the batsmen into a shot.I stick to top of off with the odd bouncer. My theory is always to make the batsmen play, Abbott said.Especially because when they are playing, they can never be quite sure what they playing at. Abbott told the ABC that seam movement is something that surprises him as much as it does the batsmen. I actually dont know when its going to do that. If you watch my seam closely, the ones that nip back - its quite upright, but then when it gets a bit towards second slip to the right-hander it hits the shiny side and goes the other way. Thats a little bit of inconsistency in my wrist but I suppose if I dont know when its coming how the hell does the batsman know? I try and hit the stumps - off, middle, whatever it is - as hard as I can and let the natural variation do the work.It must be noted that discipline of the South African attack has gone up a notch since Charl Langeveldt took over as bowling coach after the 2015 World Cup. He was a relentless bowler himself - not emphatic - but insistent and he seems to be passing on the baton.The skills South Africa have were on display, not on the final morning, but on the third evening. Abbott termed it the investment session when they beat the bat repeatedly but failed to find the edge. Philander showed some frustration but in general, South Africa were gearing up for a protracted battle against batsmen Quinton de Kock said looked determined to hang around. From the start of a Test match, we talk about winning it on the last afternoon, willing to take it deep and be as patient as possible, de Kock said after the days play.Australia did not have the same idea. They collapsed for the third time in the series, against an attack that made it clear they could keep coming at them for as long as it took. Test cricket is a ruthless environment. Its about who can hold those pressure situations most and be ruthless with just wanting more. Its about never being happy with what youve done and always trying to be your best for the team, Abbott said. . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. . The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., captured a World Cup downhill event Saturday, his second this year and fifth career victory on the circuit. . Burris threw two TD passes, including a key 15-yard fourth-quarter strike to Bakari Grant that effectively countered a Toronto comeback bid and led Hamilton to a 33-19 victory. OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant matched his career high with seven 3-pointers and scored 39 points, coolly knocking down long jumpers while thoroughly embarrassing Russell Westbrook and his old Oklahoma City team in Golden States 122-96 rout of the Thunder on Thursday night.This rematch of the Western Conference Finals won by the Warriors in seven games quickly turned into the KD show at sold-out Oracle Arena, where OKC (4-1) took its first loss to leave LeBron James and the champion Cavaliers as the leagues lone unbeaten team.So much for this one being just like any other game for Durant. Even he knew it would certainly mean more once the ball was tipped, a matchup circled on calendars everywhere from the moment he joined the Warriors in July.Westbrook was held to 20 points -- yes, thats right -- after coming in as the NBAs leading scorer averaging 37.8 points.Stephen Curry added 21 points and seven assists while Klay Thompson emerged from his 3-point funk to make four from long range on the way to 18 points in the Warriors fourth straight win.But this was all about Durant on a night No. 35 and his teammates redeemed themselves after a 129-100 flop in their season opener Oct. 25 against San Antonio that sent fans for the exits with more than 5 minutes left.When KD sat down for good with 6:41 to play, he received a rousing ovation and fans began chanting K-D!Durant dunked to end the third and pumped his arms and shook his head. He repeatedly pointed to the roof and roared in celebration to punctuate big plays -- and, wow, did he have his share of them in this first, fabulous, hyped-up reunion with his former OKC boys.Consecutive 3s before the half, baskets off rebounds, altering shots with that superior wingspan, KD flat out did it all. He shot 15 for 24, 7 of 11 from deep, in his third 30-point performance, had seven rebounds and a block.Westbrook had put up triple-doubles in two of his previous three games with a 35-point outing in Wednesdays win at the Clippers. But he didnt have it the very next night, going 4 for 15 with 10 points coming on free throws to go with 10 assists and six rebounds.Victor Oladipo led OKC with 21 points.TIP-INSThunder: The Thunder missed a chance to match the best start of the OKC era at 5-0, accomplished in 2011-12. ... OKC played its first of 14 sets on consecutive nights after going 6-10 last season on the second night of back-to-backs.Warriors: Durants 69 straight games scoring 20 or more points are most since Michael Jordan did so from Nov. 24, 1990-April 19, 1991. ... An infuriated coach Steve Kerr had to be held back by assistant Mike Brown when no foul was called on a 3-point attempt by Curry at the 8:34 mark of the first quarter.Free agent relief pitcher Sergio Romo, the Giants closer at the end of the season, tossed towels during timeouts. ... Warriors defensive guru Ron Adams, with 22 years as an NBA assistant, was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame. He coached Fresno State and alma mater Fresno Pacific.ANDRE WARD AND KDOakland boxing star Andre Ward attended Thursday and has become great pals with KD -- even attending his 28th birthday party in late September. Durant reached out a couple of years ago.Just direct messaged me one night out of the blue on Instagram and had this long message about how he respected me, he follows me and Im his favorite fighter. Im like, `Come on, man, this isnt the real KD? Ward recalled. Its the real KD. He left his number, we connected and weve been building a relationship ever since.UP NEXTThunder: Host Minnesota on Saturday to begin five straight home games and eight of nine.Warriors: Visit the Lakers on Friday to face former top assistant Luke Walton for the first time since he became L.A.s new coach. Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys Canada Cheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' '