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CSA hails top-ranked South Africa Test team

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Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 11:13 [IST]
 
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CSA hails top-ranked South Africa team

Bangalore, Aug 21: Cricket South Africa (CSA) praised its team for becoming the number one Test side in the world after winning the series 2-0 against England on Monday.

Also read: South Africa become No. 1 Test side

South Africa won the third and final Test by 51 runs at Lord's to dethrone England from the top spot.

"The entire squad, including all the players and team management, deserve every accolade they will undoubtedly receive," said CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul on CSA website.

"They have made the entire country extremely proud and it has been a wonderful period for South African sport coming after the impressive performance of Team SA at the Olympic Games and Ernie Els's victory at the British Open Golf Championship.

"What has been particularly impressive has been the way they have performed when the pressure has been at its most extreme and this is a tribute to head coach Gary Kirsten and his assistants for the coolness under pressure they have brought to the squad," he added.

Faul said the "coolness" of coach Kirsten had "worked wonders."

"That coolness was a feature of Gary's own career and he has worked wonders in his first year in charge.

"What has been equally impressive has been the quality of their cricket and the way they have gone about their work. They have always played positive cricket throughout the series particularly when Graeme made that inspiring declaration at Headingley when he simply wasn't prepared to settle for the soft option of a draw."

Faul congratulated Hashim Amla and captain Graeme Smith, who led the side for a world record 94th time in Tests.

"Particular congratulations are due to Hashim Amla for his record triple century and his Man of the Match award in the First Test and for his Man of the Series award. The same applies to Vernon Philander who was Man of the Match here at Lord's. And, of course, to Graeme Smith for his captaincy world record."

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