South Africa all class in dominating performance

MARK GEENTY IN PORT ELIZABETH
Last updated 07:50 15/01/2013
Graeme Smith
Getty Images
HUGE GAP: Graeme Smith shakes hands with Jeetan Patel after the Proteas smashed the Black Caps in the second test.

Relevant offers

Cricket

Mike Hesson backs troops as Daniel Vettori heads home Volts spinner Nick Beard withdraws from cricket to re-model action Brendon McCullum scores 1000 first-class runs in 2014 Zimbabwe axe coach Stephen Mangongo eight weeks from World Cup Hashim Amla stands tall with double ton for South Africa NZC denies pressure was applied to play fourth ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi Tim Ludeman cracks fastest BBL half-century in Adelaide Strikers' win Second test in the balance as Aussies look to Steve Smith Rangiora wicket may suit Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum Brendon McCullum waiting in the wings for Otago

The last time South Africa won consecutive tests in a series was against Bangladesh at home four years ago, and both victories were by an innings.

A mismatch of similar proportions played out over the past fortnight, as South Africa beat New Zealand 2-0, sealed by an innings and 193 run win at St George's Park.

It was all over 35 minutes before lunch on the fourth day of the second test.

Graeme Smith, captain of the world's No 1 team, said the series scoreline was a fair reflection of the gulf between the sides.

"I probably think so," Smith said.

"If you play two tests and win both of them by an innings it's fair to say. I'd like to think we outplayed them comprehensively in the series.

"We've been really professional bar one or two catches in Cape Town. We've played a high standard of test cricket."

It was South Africa's fifth consecutive test series victory, as if they needed any further confirmation that they're the world's best side, after going through 2012 unbeaten.

"Every headline you look at talks about complacency, and are we going to be up for it and perform," he said.

"We showed it's a professional outfit and the guys are really hungry to do well.

"After coming off two big series away from home [against England and Australia] it was very easy for us to idle along in these two tests but we haven't done that.

"The bowlers have bowled with good pace and aggression and intensity and the batsmen got runs, which is nice."

Fast bowler Dale Steyn was named man of the match in the second test for his haul of 8-65, which gave him 13 wickets in the two tests.

World No 1 Steyn sparked New Zealand's first innings collapse to 121 with figures of 5-15.

"He has a great ability to drive the bus through the wall if the batter gives him a sniff," Smith said.

"He has that killer instinct which is great to have in the environment.

"He sets the tone for all of us to follow. When he bowls like he did - that first spell on the second evening when he gets his 145-147kmh and swings it - it's really great to be in the slips and be a part of that moment."

Asked if it was a case of New Zealand playing poorly or his team playing well, Smith said: "It's probably a bit of both. In both first innings we bowled really well and we were able to create a lot.

"The evening on day two here we really got things together and once you create that intensity and pressure and snowball effect, it rubs off and that evening was where the game opened up for us."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should bouncers be banned from cricket?

Yes - they're too dangerous

Neutral - it is what it is

No - it's just bad luck when it goes wrong

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content