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Proteas eager to extend lead

2012-12-06 16:00

Cape Town - Proteas skipper Graeme Smith says they are eager to extend their lead at the top of the Test rankings when they face New Zealand in a home series.

Smith's men earlier this week extended their lead atop the ICC rankings with a 1-0 series win in Australia. They now have 123 points - six ahead of second placed England and nine ahead of Australia in third.

"We are enjoying the opportunity to be here (at No 1)," Smith told the Cricket365 website.

"We have worked hard to be here and we knew that Australia would be the big stepping stone for us holding onto number one (ranking).

"We have given ourselves the opportunity for our home summer to create a bit of a gap between us and the other teams. It is an opportunity to build something really special. The motivation for us will be to beat New Zealand first up."

New Zealand start their clashes against South Africa with three T20 internationals on 21,23 and 26 December, followed by two Tests (2-6 January and 11-15 January) and three one-day internationals (January 19,22 and 25).

After the New Zealand tour, the Proteas will host Pakistan in three Tests, two T20 internationals and five ODIs.

Sport24

Comments
  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-06 16:07

    We've already had two articles on how the Aus win was a stepping-stone to cementing the Proteas' position at number one, and how the NZ series presents an opportunity to extend the points gap at the top of the table. I'm a great fan of recycling paper, plastic, glass and metal, but I can't see much point in recycling news stories. Is this story telling us anything that the previous two didn't?

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-06 16:43

      I can understand the desire to keep putting up new content but sheesh man, there are a bazillion stories around the Proteas after Aus. We haven't heard a peep about JP Duminy. How is his rehab going? How does he feel about Faf's success in replacing him? Does he feel that Faf's success will affect his role in future? Is there anything specific he'll be working on during rehab? What about Alviro Petersen? In most recent series, he has scored a ton. He didn't this time. Is it a technique issue? Does he feel that being the only top order batsman not to get a ton has placed some pressure on him again? Or Robin's elevation to the Test side, with Imran presumably going back to provincial cricket. We still need a second spinner in the squad. Who is that going to be, if not Imran? Or Vern Philander. After taking five-fers as regular as clockwork up to now, he had his first moderate series in Aus, not taking a wicket until Perth. Was that just an injury-related one-off or is the honeymoon now over for Vern? Or grab Allan Donald and ask him if he worked on anything specific with the bowlers prior to Perth. They'd been rubbish up to that point and suddenly came right. What is Allan's view on the turnaround? What is Allan's view on the depth of pace bowling in the country? Are we desperate to get Marchant back, is AD happy to go with Rory or Ryan if Dale/Vern/Morne get injured, is a young gun like Chris Morris in the plans? There are many potential stories. No need to repeat stuff.

  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-12-06 16:29

    Are you a parrot? heard this a million times already we get the point

  • Brownbear - 2012-12-06 16:40

    untill they start choking ..... they win some and lose many

      konrad.hauptfleisch - 2012-12-06 16:50

      Brownbear, go play in the woods. Maybe you'll get eaten by a real one :)

      dragonfire47 - 2012-12-06 16:52

      @brown nose, unlike banana boys that lose all

      derrick.pentz.5 - 2012-12-06 19:37

      BrownRear- how do you get to number 1 if you lose many ?

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-06 16:50

    And this we will do, cement our number 1 rank in cast iron, we are unstoppable PURE PROTEA

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