Proteas cricket board hails historic double in Australia

January 27th, 2009 - 12:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, Jan 27 (IANS) Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola has expressed his joy following the Proteas’ historic one-day series win against Australia in Adelaide.”South African cricket has now reached unprecedented heights with the Standard Bank Proteas winning the ODI series in Australia, coming on top of the historic Test series win also in Australia. This makes this Proteas squad the first South African side to beat Australia at both forms of the game in a single tour, and to cap it off, this was away from home,” he said Monday.

South Africa also won its first Test series in Australia. The Proteas were also the first team in 16 years to beat the Aussies on home soil.

He said that before leaving for the series very few experts felt that South Africa could beat top ranked Australia in their own backyard.

“Under the inspired leadership of rookie captain, Johan Botha, this team combined its experience with its youth in a most remarkable way and now have an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series,” said Majola.

“The Proteas have certainly taken up where they left off in 2008 which was their best season ever. They have now moved up a further notch by beating top-ranked Australia in their own backyard in both forms of the game.”

He went on to add that the series was hard fought but played with great respect for each other. Majola said it was heartening to see that some of the young players establishing themselves on the tour.

“Several young players have established themselves on this tour as world stars, such as Dale Steyn, the Morkel brothers, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy. The Proteas also have the best captain in world cricket, Graeme Smith. This all bodes well for the Australian tour into South Africa next month as well as for the general future of the game here,” he said.

“These successes have not come by accident, and all CSA structures can take a bow because they have made a contribution to the preparation of the Proteas.”

The victorious Proteas return to Johannesburg Saturday.

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