Proteas

Near-perfect performance from Proteas - Biff

2017-07-18 14:00
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Cape Town - Former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith heaped praise on the Proteas impressive performance in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

The Proteas thrashed England by 340 runs with more than a day and a session to spare in Nottingham to square the four-match series.

Smith lauded the Proteas efforts and complimented the team for bouncing back after their 221-run loss in the first Test at the 'Home of Cricket'.

"They (Proteas) were wounded at Lord's, but came back as a team to land a heavy blow to England," Smith wrote in his column for the Independent.

"Faf Du Plessis and his team will reflect on what was almost the perfect performance today (Monday)."

Smith also singled out the Proteas bowling duo of man-of-the-match Vernon Philander and strike bowler Morne Morkel for their superb performance with the ball.

"I was critical of Vernon Philander's showing at Lord's, but days like today (Monday) show why he's so valuable as a leader of this South African bowling unit. He is almost surgical in terms of identifying technical faults in players," said Smith.

"... I can say quite honestly that I've never seen Morne Morkel bowl better than he has in this game... The control he's shown of late, evident throughout this game, has been wonderful to watch."

"South Africa out bowled England in this game, but the abject lack of fight from the hosts' batting unit will be a huge concern," added Smith.

"An amazing day and an amazing week for South Africa. A win to savour for Faf and his team."

The Proteas have squared the four-match Test series 1-1 with the third Test starting on July 27 at The Oval (12:00 SA time).

Read Graeme Smith's full Independent column

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