Cricket South Africa congratulates Proteas on series win

South Africans celebrated clinching the three-test series with a match to spare following an innings victory in Hobart.

By: PTI | Johannesburg | Published:November 15, 2016 6:28 pm
southafrica-m South Africa won the three Test series 2-0 and are on the brink of whitewashing Australia on home soil for the first time ever in a test series. (Source: Reuters)

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated the Proteas on their emphatic Test series victory over Australia following their victories by 177 runs in Perth and by an innings and 80 runs in Hobart.

“With such impressive and emphatic victories, there are no words good enough to pay tribute to the team,” said CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

“They had lost their captain, AB de Villiers, before the series even started and then experienced another big blow when our attack leader, Dale Steyn, was lost barely a day into the series.

“These were massive setbacks and Hobart was, in fact, the first Test match in which we played without either AB or Dale in some 12 years.

“The resilience, determination and sheer excellence of this squad is something special and all the players, coaching staff and the rest of the team management deserve warm congratulations.”

Lorgat also lauded stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis and head coach Russell Domingo.

“They have now led the Proteas to seven successive victories over Australia across the Test and ODI formats and that is an incredible achievement.

“We now wish them everything of the best for our historic day/night Test match in Adelaide.

“A clean sweep over Australia in a Test series in Australia would give this team a deserved special place in our history.

“We can certainly look forward to a triumphant homecoming and then the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka,” Lorgat concluded.”