South Africa finalised an innings and 27-run hammering of New Zealand midway through the third day of the opening Test in Cape Town.
South Africa’s fast-paced success, their fifth biggest Test win over New Zealand, was all but secured after they bowled the tourists out for just 45 on the opening morning.
New Zealand, who will host England in February, were never likely to recover from slumping to their lowest ever total against South Africa and only Dean Brownlie’s maiden century on Friday stretched the contest beyond halfway of the scheduled five days.
Victory ensured South Africa, the top-ranked Test nation, will go an 11th series without defeat before the second and final match in Port Elizabeth begins on 11 January.
The seamer Vernon Philander was named man of the match after he inspired the opening-day demolition with five for seven. However, he and his team-mates were at least made to toil by Brownlie.
The 28-year-old right-hander temporarily gave New Zealand hope they could at least force South Africa to bat again after posting his first Test century in his eighth match.
That had looked a forlorn hope on Thursday when South Africa declared their first innings on 347 for eight to take a mammoth 302-run lead.
But after withstanding a rampant Proteas attack to reach the close on Thursday night on 69 Brownlie, who was born in Australia, duly continued his resistance on Friday morning to reach three figures for the first time.
He did so without fear too, clubbing Robin Petersen