Smith hasnt stopped smiling since Proteas hit winning runsDecember 30th, 2008 - 2:08 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Dec.30 (ANI): South African cricket captain Graeme Smith hasnt stopped smiling since his teams series win against Australia.
With the Australians losing the Melbourne Test by nine wickets on Tuesday and the previous Test at Perth, they have lost a Test series at home for the first time since 1992-93.
Reacting to the win, The Age quoted Smith as saying: “It has been such a special moment for all of us, it has been an incredible team effort. I have been smiling non-stop since we hit the winning runs.”
Smith typically led the way to victory with 75. Set 183 to win and resuming at 0-30, the Proteas reached their target one wicket down, 55 minutes after lunch on day five to claim a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Smith hit 10 fours from 94 balls before falling to off-spinner Nathan Hauritz shortly before lunch after an opening stand of 121 with Neil McKenzie. McKenzie scored an unbeaten 59, while Hashim Amla made an unbeaten 30.
South African veteran Jacques Kallis said he was thrilled to cap his fourth tour of Australia with a series victory.
“At the MCG, what better place to want to do it. I”ve had some individual highlights here, but lost Test matches and drawn Test matches, so this one takes the cake. Having won a Test match here beats all those (previous) feelings … and is an unbelievable effort,” he told the Nine Network.
Ponting commended the tourists on their fight back at the MCG, and their series triumph.
“South Africa have outplayed us in all the big moments of these two Test matches. We had them on the ropes early in this game and they have certainly been good enough to turn that situation into a very good one for themselves, and they have won the game very comfortably. This is a series win for them that has been very well-deserved,” Ponting said. (ANI)
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