The true surreal nature of the contest was summed up by Alan Border in commentary remarking that he had batted in an innings longer than this Test had indeed lasted. A game so full of the bizarre and freakish, ended with sanity being restored with South Africa brushing the rust off their 1st innings all round performance. To truly victimise an inept Australia.
If you look at the game honestly, the competitive stages in the game for Australia were propelled by the freakish coupled with the relative rust of a South African Team that hasn't played in near on a year in Test Cricket.
Let us look at the flaws and merits of both.