CSA congratulates Proteas on historic Test Series win over Australia

JOHANNESBURG- Cricket South Africa (CSA) congratulated the Proteas on winning the Sunfoil Test Series against Australia by a 3-1 margin after winning the final Test match by 492 runs at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday.

The series was marred by the controversial ball tampering scandal that rocked the cricket fraternity, which saw former captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner banned for one year and James Bancroft banned for 9 months.

CSA Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe congratulating the team said, “Congratulations to captain Faf du Plessis, head coach Ottis Gibson and all the players and team management on their outstanding achievement,”

This is the first time South Africa won a home series against Australia since the end of apartheid.

“Faf is our first captain to achieve this and coming on top of the home series wins against India and Bangladesh earlier this season this completes an outstanding period of Test cricket for all involved. Indeed, apart from the ODI Series against India, our boys have played consistently outstanding cricket over a long season.

“One must make special mention of Ottis as well in his first year in charge of our national side.

“There have been many outstanding individual achievements from the likes of Kagiso Rabada, the leading wicket-taker in the series, and Aiden Markram, the leading runs scorer in the series, among others but this has been a real team effort with all the players contributing to this success.

“Vernon Philander’s performance today was quite exceptional.

“This is also the time to thank Morne Morkel for his immense contribution to South African cricket over more than a decade and to wish him well in his future endeavours.

“What has been really pleasing is the number of new caps who have done outstandingly well across the three formats and this reflects well on our talent development pipeline.”

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