Player of the Series Award surprised Australia's David Warner after series win over South Africa

Australian captain Pat Cummins said even David Warner was taken aback by the decision to award him the Player of the Series award against South Africa.

The three-match series ended in a 2-0 win for Australia after the final Test was drawn.

Warner scored a magnificent double hundred in his 100th test in the first of the three Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

It was a lesson in skill, patience, determination and stamina as the left-hander had to battle with cramp and the searing temperatures.

After being awarded the player of the series, Warner's captain Pat Cummins admits the award even surprised Warner himself seeing as he was out for 0, 3 and 10 in his three other innings in the series.

Many felt it was Cummins, who deserved the award for his impeccable bowling and captaincy, but the Aussie skipper was not fazed about being overlooked.

"He (Warner) said it himself - 'oh, that's surprising'," Cummins said.

"I heard someone say it was (very close) between a few different players and Davey got it in the end.

"Whenever someone plays it's not the first thing they put on their mantle, player of the series, so it is what it is."

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