Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated the Proteas on their Test series victory over Pakistan.
The Proteas took a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series when they beat Pakistan by 9 wickets in the second match that finished at Newlands on Sunday.
"Congratulations to our Proteas on the excellent start they have made to the new year," commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.
"With the new ICC World Test Championship starting later this year it is highly encouraging to see the results that head coach Ottis Gibson, captain Faf du Plessis and all the players and support staff are achieving and they all deserve our congratulations and best wishes for the future.
"What is equally encouraging is that we have a good blend of experienced older hands and exciting young talent and this bodes well for the future. It is also evident that we are building the depth of our squad and nowhere has this been better illustrated than by the manner in which Duanne Olivier grabbed his chance following unfortunate injuries to Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi.
"This result will enable the Proteas to make significant progress up the ICC Test Rankings table as they step up their quest to challenge India as the world's No 1 ranked side.
"We can now all look forward to the final Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers, starting on Friday as the Proteas aim to complete a clean sweep against tough opponents.
"I would also like to thank Northerns and Western Province, our hosts for the first two Test matches. Taking the Boxing Day Test match to SuperSport Park for the first time was a significant success and Newlands, as always, has attracted bumper crowds for the New Year Test match. The support of our fans has been tremendous," concluded Moroe.