SA is Numero Uno

January 30, 2009
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Cricket South Africa paid tribute to Johan Botha and his Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad for beating Australia 4-1 at the WACA on Friday, a victory which has clinched the number one spot in the Reliance Mobile ICC ratings for South Africa.

Sport24 reports that Gerald Majola, CSA CEO, said: “Very few experts gave the Proteas much chance of success on this tour, but they return home tomorrow (on Saturday) as heroes having won the Test and ODI series in convincing fashion against the world champions in their own backyard.

“The historic Test win was something very special under Graeme Smith’s great captaincy and now the cherry on the top comes under Johan Botha’s captaincy in the ODIs with this series win and the world number one ranking.

“What bodes particularly well for the future of South African cricket is that a number of young players such as Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Lonwabo Tsotsobe have emerged as world stars in one of the toughest arenas on the world cricketing circuit.

“The inspirational captaincy of Graeme Smith and acting ODI captain, Johan Botha, also adds considerably to the talent now available to South African cricket. The squad is also backed up by an outstanding management team under coach Mickey Arthur and a national selection panel headed by the legendary Mike Procter.

“But these stunning victories will not take the Proteas’ feet off the ground because they know the Australians are going to fight back to regain their pride and their status in world cricket.

“This has set the stage for what is going to be classic cricketing encounters in all forms of the game when Australia tour South Africa from next month. Both teams are to be congratulated on the excellent spirit shown on this past tour, and CSA is sure that the same spirit will prevail on the next tour.

“CSA would also like to thank the Proteas’ Test sponsors, Castle Lager, and their ODI sponsors, Standard Bank, for their support which has enabled the Proteas to reach these high standards.

“CSA would also like to thank the South African nation for their support of the Proteas through thick and thin and it is just reward that their team is now one of the best in world cricket.”

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5 Comments

  1. avatar Deonjm says:
    January 30th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I must say, I was quite impressed with Botha bar one game. His captaincy was good. They should just watch out to become too predictable with taking the batting powerplay. They have the edge now and must keep it.

    I think the powerplay was the greatest problem for the Aussies batting first. They didn;t know how to use it.

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Awesome by the Protea’s… the home series a must win…

    Didn’t get to see the game yet… but Tsotsobe must have been getting some swing to be troubling batsmen with his medium pace?

  3. avatar Deonjm says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 5:32 am:

    More some clever bowling. Upset the furniture twice.

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 31st, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 5:32 am:

    Tsotsobe has an excellent slower
    ball and uses it to good effect.
    After all these years Ntini still
    can’t bowl a slower ball :noshake:
    Tsotsobe not slow – 140 is OK.

    Come the tests, and we suddenly have
    a problem which spinner to play:
    Harris or Botha?

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    February 1st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 12:30 pm:

    cricinfo has him listed as a medium pacer… 130km/h max…

    The more Japies taking wickets the merrier…

    Saw an in-experienced NZ take the Aus-mob too… is it just a case of them being kak more than us being good?

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