Port Elizabeth: South Africa's ruthless demolition of New Zealand showed why they are ranked the number one team in Test cricket, both captains agreed after the hosts completed an innings win in the second and final Test at St George's Park on Monday.
Fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel used the second new ball to devastating effect as South Africa won by an innings and 197 runs before lunch on the fourth day. It was their second successive innings win against the outclassed New Zealanders.
"It's extremely disappointing," said New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. "But there has to be an acknowledgement of the difference in class between the two teams. We weren't good enough but we were put under tremendous pressure by a team at the very top of their game."