Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated the Proteas on winning the Test series against Australia by a 3-1 margin after winning the final
Test match by 492 runs at Wanderers on Tuesday.
margin (by runs) was South Africa's biggest against all opponents.
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to captain Faf du Plessis, head coach Ottis Gibson and all the players and team
management on their outstanding achievement," commented CSA Acting Chief
Executive Thabang Moroe.
"This is the first time we have won a home series against
Australia since unity and to complete away and home series wins against them in
the space of 17 months is a huge achievement.
"Faf is our
first captain to achieve this and coming on top of the home series wins against
India and Bangladesh earlier this season this completes an outstanding period
of Test cricket for all involved. Indeed, apart from the ODI series against
India our boys have played consistently outstanding cricket over a long season.
make special mention of Ottis as well in his first year in charge of our
national side," he said.
been many outstanding individual achievements from the likes of Kagiso Rabada,
the leading wicket-taker in the series, and Aiden Markram, the leading runs
scorer in the series, among others but this has been a real team effort with
all the players contributing to this success.
Philander's performance today was quite exceptional.
also the time to thank Morne Morkel for his immense contribution to South
African cricket over more than a decade and to wish him well in his future
endeavours," he added.
been really pleasing is the number of new caps who have done outstandingly well
across the three formats and this reflects well on our talent development
pipeline. Markram, Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo all made their Test
debuts; Markram, Ngidi, Dane Paterson, Wiaan Mulder, Heinrich Klaasen and Khaya
Zondo in the ODI format; and Klaasen, Robbie Frylinck, Junior Dala and
Christiaan Jonker in the T20 format.
Proteas can now head to Sri Lanka for their next Test series in the second half
of the year, confident that they can continue to challenge India for the ICC
No 1 ranking in this format.
and other stake holders can also look forward to another bumper season of Test
cricket in 2018-19 when we host both Sri Lanka and Pakistan," concluded Moroe.