Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test: Graeme Smith praises players after series draw
Graeme Smith believes his team can be proud of their away Test record after levelling the series against Pakistan.
Last Updated: 26/10/13 5:08pm
Smith's Proteas squared the two-Test series at 1-1 after avenging their seven-wicket defeat in Abu Dhabi with an innings victory inside four days on Saturday.
The drawn series shored up South Africa's world number one status in Tests and their unbeaten away record since losing 2-0 in Sri Lanka in 2006.
But Smith admitted his team needs to do more to be compared with all-time greats.
"I think we got a lot to do to be compared with great teams... for us to have that record away from home is an extremely proud one to have," said Smith, named man-of-the-match for his knock of 234 in South Africa's first innings total of 517.
"I don't think many teams in the current status of world cricket can travel as well as we do and be able to perform in all the conditions, the pressures, the environments that you face on the road," added Smith, whose side have been ranked number one since beating England last year.
Smith also criticised the worth of a two-Test series and admits he would relish the prospect of a winner-takes-all third match.
"Right through my career I've struggled to understand the two-match series, obviously now the series is 1-1 I think everyone would have loved another one," said Smith, whose team recorded their 100th win in 207 Tests since being re-admitted to international cricket in 1991.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq admitted his side never recovered after being bowled out for 99 inside 37 overs in their first innings.
"I think to start with, that was a really bad session, getting out on a pretty flat pitch for 99, that was something which we couldn't recover from," said Misbah.
"After that we missed chances in the field especially the chance of AB (De Villiers)," said Misbah of the drop catch by wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal off paceman Mohammad Irfan.