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Wed Apr 16 07:20:38 SAST 2014

Proteas secure series whitewash

Reuters | 14 January, 2013 12:111 Comments
2nd Test: South Africa v New Zealand, Day 3
Faf du Plessis and Alviro Petersen of South Africa during day three of the second Test between South Africa and New Zealand at St Georges on January 13, 2013 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

South Africa completed a 2-0 series win over New Zealand on Monday after thumping the visitors by an innings and 193 runs on the fourth day of the second Test.

Fast bowler Dale Steyn claimed innings figures of three for 48 and match figures of eight for 65, as New Zealand were bowled out for 211 in their second innings half an hour before lunch.

New Zealand also lost the first Test by an innings after they were bowled out for 45 before lunch on the opening day.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith said that he had been pleased by the standard of cricket his team had played over the series as they strengthened their position as the world’s top-ranked Test nation.

“We’ve had to work hard to get into this position and it’s nice to keep playing well and it’s been a wonderful two Test matches for us,” Smith said at the post-match presentation.

“They (the wins) were very professional and both were very big wins. A lot of guys contributed and I thought our style of cricket and the way we played was good. Bar a couple of dropped catches in the first Test I thought our cricket was of a very high standard."

Dean Brownlie and BJ Watling provided the bulk of New Zealand’s runs with a 98-run fifth wicket partnership.

Brownlie brought up his fourth Test fifty but after making his way to 53 off 141 balls he edged a delivery from Jacques Kallis to keeper AB de Villiers.

Watling, one of the few positives the Black Caps could take out of the series, recorded his second half-century of the match, scoring 63 off 117 balls with 11 boundaries before he was bowled by a superb delivery from Steyn that pegged back the batsman’s off-stump.

Brownlie’s dismissal left New Zealand on 182 for five and the advent of the second new ball brought about the departure of Colin Munro (15) 21 runs later when the left-hander was caught at third slip off a delivery from paceman Morne Morkel.

Steyn followed up Watling’s dismissal by having Doug Bracewell (0) caught by a diving Alviro Petersen at third slip before Morkel got Trent Boult (3) caught at point.

Steyn wrapped the series up by having Neil Wagner (4) caught by De Villiers.

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum conceded his team had been inferior to the Proteas.

“We knew coming in to this series that is was going to be tough playing against the number one side in the world. We will learn a lot of lessons from this. We were well short of the mark and we were exposed.

“We wanted to come here and compete... but South Africa showed their class and we weren’t quite up to the mark,” he said.

A three-match one-day international series between the two countries starts in Paarl on Jan. 19.

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Well done boys! This is the best Team ever in my openion and we come a long way to be where we are. Thanks to Kirstin and his team, the doctor etc! Keep up the goods team spirit there, all the support from the fans is at your disposal. Well... also well done to the opponent (you will INDEED regroup and come back strong like before) big up Black Caps. I must say that in order to maintain this stadard this can only be done if South African start to plans in grooming the young players. It will be soon we start loosing legends of the game, players like Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis and Dale Styn. Well done Proteas... Next... Sri Lanka