Cricket South Africa showers plaudits on world leaders and beaters Proteas

Cricket South Africa CEO Jacques Faul said,"It was fitting that he (Graeme Smith) should be involved in the final dismissal of the series when he took his fifth catch of the innings to set a South African record and to equal the South African record for the most catches in a match (6). He has, in fact, taken 10 catches in his last two Test matches.

updated: December 03, 2012 17:03 IST
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Cricket South Africa (CSA), in a media release on Monday, congratulated the national cricket squad on their superb performance in beating Australia by 309 runs inside four days to clinch the Test series 1-0 and extend their lead at the top of the ICC Test Championship Table to a commanding six points.

It was the Proteas biggest winning margin over Australia in terms of runs since unity and their second biggest of all time. It also meant that 2012 was a golden period for South Africa with no losses - they had five wins and five draws during that period. Nine of these 10 matches were away from home and included back to back series wins over England, the previous No. 1 team, and Australia.

They also joined the all-time greats (England in the 1890s and again between 1928 and 1933 and the all-conquering West Indies teams of Clive Lloyd and Sir Vivian Richards) in completing back-to-back series wins in Australia.

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