‘Impressive’ Proteas lament poor weather

Johannesburg: South Africa captain Graeme Smith has praised his team’s brilliant performance during their New Zealand tour, which concluded with the Proteas claiming the three-match Test series 1-0, after emerging victorious in the one day as well as the Twenty20 series.

The Proteas completed the Test series victory, courtesy their nine-wicket win in the second Test in Hamilton, with the other two matches badly affected by rain, which in a way halted their march to become the number one team in Test cricket.

It`s been a terrific tour for us. Any tour where you can walk away with every trophy is a tick. There have been some great performances throughout the six-and-a-half weeks. All teams in all formats have played well, which is what you want,” Smith said.

South Africa had the opportunity to claim the world’s top Test ranking if they swept the Tests 3-0, but rain washed out the final day of play in Dunedin and more than seven hours in Wellington.

“We`ve pretty much been on the front foot throughout this Test series... (but) the weather played a big part in Dunedin and here. Losing close on 150-160 overs, we were the one team pushing to win... we gave ourselves an opportunity to win,” Smith said.

“We missed some opportunities on Thursday that would have allowed us to win two-nil (but)... I think (one-nil) is a fair reflection,” he added.