Proteas need to stay humble

2009-01-26 22:12

Christo Buchner

Adelaide – South Africa has the cricket world at its feet after Monday’s emphatic victory over Australia.

The Proteas won the fourth one-day international convincingly by eight wickets and wrapped up the series in the process. The South Africans scored the desired 223 runs with 11.5 overs left.

To rub salt in the wounds, the victory was achieved on Australia Day.

They are the first South African cricket side to achieve the twin feat of a Test- and one-day series victory on Australian soil. The last side to manage that was the West Indies in 1992/93.

However, one-day skipper Johan Botha has called on the side to stay humble.

“You must always remember that this is not your last game and there are plenty more challenges ahead,” said Botha.

“It’s wonderful to win here. It’s not something that happens every day, but we must keep our feet firmly on the ground and not get carried away.”

His Australian counterpart, Ricky Ponting, was full of praise for the South Africans, who combined good bowling and outstanding batting to achieve the victory.

“They played us off the park and it was also our worst performance of the season,” said Ponting.

“South Africa fronted when it really mattered and deserved their victories. We knew they would be tough to beat and so it proved.”

South Africa have a major incentive to win the last one-day international on tour in Perth as a victory will see them knock Australia off the top of the world rankings.

Botha said a victory could be very important from a psychological perspective.

“I don’t know if the rankings list is a reliable measure. It’s going to be a very important game. If we can win convincingly again it will be a huge psychological boost ahead of the home series against the Aussies,” said Botha.

He added that youngsters such as Wayne Parnell and Lonwabo Tsotsobe could definitely get opportunities.

AB de Villiers, who was named man of the match after his innings of an unbeaten 82 off 85 balls, said it was a dream come true.

Hashim Amla, who struck the winning runs, batted superbly again and posted an unbeaten 80.

Gerald Majola, chief executive of Cricket South Africa, was delighted with the Proteas’ series win.

“Very few experts predicted this because they believed South Africa are better at Test than one-day cricket,” he said.

He praised Botha for his “inspirational leadership” that blended youth and experience in a “remarkable way”.


  • de-juan - 2009-01-26 22:38

    World at its feet? Dont be so hasty Christo. Yes this is a magnificent performance from the Proteas but remember it is the same side that was humiliated in England a few months ago. Also looking at the form of India, I feel we need to play them at least again and do well to claim that.

  • CricketLuva - 2009-01-26 23:27

    Well done Boys!! Even without Smith and Boucher you did us proud! Lets hope this is the beginning of better things with the World Cup next on the agenda!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-27 00:18

    De-Juan...history in the making and you still see the "glass half empty"...sometimes we just need to sit back and enjoy the moment...inevitably it does not last very long...

  • Robin - 2009-01-27 00:47

    Stofile and his band of bandits want to make sure they have a 'Magabesque' hold over South African sport. The draconian regulations which the Department of Sport and Recreation have proposed will be extremely detrimental to both cricket and rugby. This ANC led government is totally incompetent when it comes to crucial aids policies, primary health care, crime, housing etc, but they would like to micro manage South African sport? It's wonderful to see the genuine integration in sport and as proud as I am of South Africa , especially living in Australia and facing up to these 'yobs' at the cricket, I get extremely angry and sad when I see this behavior and then feel vindicated in leaving South African shores.

  • Duncan - 2009-01-27 02:18

    Congratulations on the win, and the series wins. No doubt you were the better team. Sound advice from the captain, as Australia is not the team it was a year ago and SA could be surprised by someone else. I think it is probably premature to say that SA has the ability to dominate world criclet for the next few years, but for now, enjoy your time in the sun. In closing, Duminy has announced his arrival on the international cricket stage. What a boytjie, what a talent!! The top highlight of the tour without question.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-27 07:21

    I am glad the captain is putting in strong emphasis of being humble and not gloating even after the most comprehensive of victories. The team needs to stay hungry and go in search for more victories. If you want to see what humility and respect for your opponents can achieve, just look at Pep Guardiola's FC Barcelona. Let this series win be the beginning of the assertion of the Proteas dominance in the world cricket stage. You have come so far, but this is only the beginning of the Journey.

  • Jon Quirk - 2009-01-27 07:46

    Lest we get too carried away, let it be said that this was a very poor Australian team, just a shadow of that of a few years ago. Well done lads! But the real challenge will be India.

  • jacojvr - 2009-01-27 07:48

    how did we lose all 5 in a row in england then? - yes, stay humble. congratulations.

  • Anthony - 2009-01-27 08:12

    All this garbage about Aus having a poor team is just an example of a general lack of understanding about the game of cricket and sport in general for that matter. Revel in it I say. Each win is an achievment. I believe in blind faith for my team they are the best because they are South African...end of bloody story!

  • Nigel - 2009-01-27 08:14

    Johan Botha was underestimated in the public's eye. I see now why Mickey Arthur and the other South African selectors has such confidence in him. Humility in victory is a sign of a great leader. Well done Johan Botha!

  • crv - 2009-01-27 08:16

    I am proud to say I was there, the day that South Africa, humbled the Aussie cricket team. You played like gentlemen and like gentlemen your feet is still on solid ground. Well done "Boytjies" you made us proud yesterday and through out the series.

  • Craig - 2009-01-27 08:33

    If I were a betting man I would have lost my house and everything I own, I thought the Aussies would whitewash our side, so it is with great pleasure and new respect that I now applaud this team and apologise for doubting them - Long may this new found confidence persevere !

  • de-juan - 2009-01-27 08:47

    Anon who posted on the 27th at 12:18am. I celebrate the victory by the Proteas but am a realist. Let us forget all accolades now, and focus on improving, the big improvement from this is that we dont need to fear/choke at the sight of Oz no more. As you said it doesnt last long, well lets make it last long this time. Forget talk of us being the greatest now with the world at our feet thats rubbish, lets build and aim for a full glass and the WC 2011

  • Des - 2009-01-27 08:58

    Robin.... 'feeling vindicated at leaving SA shores'.... for petes sake man. You have turned your back on SA, stop trying to justify your reasons for doing so. Yes SA has problems and we are working through them. This is still a young democracy and has done rather well so far considering. You expats get behind SA when it is comfortable to do so and yet you want nothing to do with the country. I dont get that. One day your kids will support their new country.. perhaps you should start now too??

  • lobo - 2009-01-27 09:19

    Robin - 12:47 Why can't you enjoy the moment without bringing politics into it. Seems like you're not even concerned too much about the cricket, don't be so bitter bru, it wil eat you up.

  • Met Uysh! - 2009-01-27 09:27

    SA had the best team, we beat them CONVINCINGLY and anyone who suggests otherwise has the right to do so but I would quitely consider them stupid.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-27 09:27

    Congrats to SA, however the return series against Aus would be interesting with the return of Lee , Bracken as well as Symonds. I hope SA does give the newer players a chance in the next game in order for them to gain more exposure at the highest level.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-27 10:58

    Well said Des, I agree with you. The expats don't pay taxes or help to build this country in any way and do nothing but whine-but still want to take credit for OUR sports victories.Well done boys, you are brilliant.All the true South African cricket lovers salute you.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-27 11:23

    WELL DONE BOYS! you deserve it and im proud to say that i predicted a 4-1 series win. Yes the Ozzies are not as strong as before but remember there is NEVER a Weak Oz cricket side and those of you who think they will bestronger with LEE and Bracken and Symmonds are mistaken.Andrew 'im drunk so i will abuse people on the radio' Symmonds WILL NOT be back. Lee and bracken are injured and will not be back to full form. Cricket Aus hav not managed their players well and thats why they hav injuries. well done mickey , johan and the boys! you ARE the best!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-27 11:52

    What ever happens in the future games as long as the team stays focused and the selectors and our sporting fedurations dont go messing things up again, by interfering in the team. I think we have a winning team here. Their fighting spirit was fantastic for a young team as they are. Well done guys and especially to Johan Botha you made us proud.

  • Chris H - 2009-01-27 12:18

    Congrats guys dont keep your guard down as we done against England.

  • Stephen - 2009-01-27 12:41

    @de-juan, India are good at home. When they travel they struggle against good sides

  • LEN - 2009-01-27 13:25


  • Rob - 2009-01-27 13:41

    Robin... You clearly got issues about having left SA. Don't bring your insecurities into this forum. Go write on one of the expats websites so you all can justify each other for having turned your back on SA.

  • LEN - 2009-01-27 14:13


  • Robin - 2009-01-28 07:57

    Actually Len and Rob, I guess you should not project your own psychological issues. Firstly, I alternate between South Africa and Australia, as I have dual citizenship and my work is of the nature that this allows me to do so and secondly my family is based in Sydney, as my wife is born and bred in Australia. She has issues about living in a country where the crime statistics are amongst the highest in the world. If you want to go and abuse an Australian go and watch the cricket when the Australia return the favor of playing on South African shores?

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