Graeme Smith determined South Africa maintain momentum against New Zealand

Last Updated: 05/12/12 2:58pm

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Graeme Smith: Wants South Africa to continue their continue their winning run against New Zealand

Graeme Smith: Wants South Africa to continue their continue their winning run against New Zealand

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South Africa captain Graeme Smith is determined to build 'something special' in the wake of their second consecutive Test series success in Australia.

The Proteas, who have not lost a Test series away from home since 2006, are the world's number one Test team with a 123 rating while England are in second on 117.

South Africa secured a 2-0 series victory over England last July and Smith hopes they can put some distance between themselves and Andy Flower's team when they take on New Zealand in a two-Test home series in January.

"We have given ourselves the opportunity for our home summer to create a bit of a gap between us and the other teams. It is an opportunity to build something really special."
Graeme Smith

"We are enjoying the opportunity to be here," said Smith. "We have worked hard to be here and we knew that Australia would be the big stepping stone for us holding onto number one (ranking).

"Having players that are able to perform around the world is a key factor and our understanding of how to be successful away from home.

"When you go to another country you have to figure out how do we win here, how do we deal with the pressures of performing in front of someone else's media and crowds and handing everything that comes with that.

"We have given ourselves the opportunity for our home summer to create a bit of a gap between us and the other teams. It is an opportunity to build something really special. The motivation for us will be to beat New Zealand first up."

Grounded

It has been suggested that current crop of South Africa stars are the nation's best-ever squad, claims coach Gary Kirsten has been quick to play down.

"It is a very special achievement for the Proteas and South African cricket. I don't think that what this team has achieved, over a long period, should be taken lightly," said Kirsten.

"It has been nothing short of remarkable. We have played 10 test matches this year, nine away from home, and won series in England and Australia.

"But it is always difficult to compare (different eras). In terms of this team's achievements there is no doubt that they are up there but I think that the players would be reluctant to compare with different eras."

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