Smith says winning consecutive Test series in Australia ‘proudest achievement of career’

Johannesburg: South African captain Graeme Smith has described his team’s second successive series win in Australia as the proudest achievement of his career.

The Proteas, forced to bat out for draws in the first two Tests, dominated the Australians in the third and final Test at the WACA Ground to post a 309-run win and retain their top ranking in Test cricket.

The Perth win made them the first team in two decades to defeat Australia in Australia on consecutive tours, with the West Indies the previous team to manage it in 1992-93.

“It`s hard to describe how satisfying this feels, to have done it twice is difficult to put into words. One win here seemed a very long way off when we lost 2-0 back in 2005, but now we have won twice,” Sports24 quoted Smith, as saying.

“It`s incredible - every single one of the players can feel extremely proud of themselves. This is the proudest achievement of my career,” he added.

The series win also gave South Africa a six-point lead at the top of the ICC Test rankings, the biggest margin in more than four years.


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