Ashwell Prince would like S. Africa to be cricket kings like Australia

January 1st, 2009 - 9:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Jan.1 (ANI): South African cricket vice-captain Ashwell Prince has said that a series victory against Australia is only part of a larger plan.
A win in Sydney would deliver a whitewash and the official No.1 ranking but, Australia also face the daunting prospect of flying to South Africa at the end of the summer for a possible repeat dose.
Prince, injured on the eve of the Perth Test and rated only a 60-40 chance of being fit for Sydney, walked out onto the MCG on Tuesday night with the rest of the squad and made merry on the famous ground.
“We all went out onto the pitch, the whole squad including management, and we had a small celebration out on the middle of the MCG and we thoroughly enjoyed that,” he said.
“We”ve come a long way as a team. We”ve won in most countries over the last year or 18 months. The only place we didn”t win [the series] in was India, but we came away with a draw [1 win, 1 loss 1 draw], the Courier Mail quoted Prince, as saying.
“The captain [Graeme Smith] said Australia set the standard over the last decade and obviously we don”t want to go on a dip after just winning one series. We want to sustain that sort of performance for a long time. It goes without saying that if you are at the top then you want to stay there for as long as possible,” he said. (ANI)

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