South Africa's Graeme Smith celebrates becoming first captain to claim 50 Test wins

Last Updated: 24/02/13 6:38pm

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Graeme Smith was a proud man after becoming the first captain to claim 50 Test victories with South Africa's innings win over Pakistan at Centurion.

The win completed a 3-0 clean sweep in the series, with the hero paceman Kyle Abbott - little known even in South Africa - who took match figures of 9-68 on his Test debut.

And Smith said the current team is the best he has played with in his long career.

"To be able to achieve something today in winning 50 Tests with a special group of cricketers is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life."
Graeme Smith

"It has been a very special summer at home with some incredible milestones for myself and the team," Smith said.

"To be able to achieve something today in winning 50 Tests with a special group of cricketers is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Limited knowledge

Abbott, who had come in for the injured Jacques Kallis, was the pick of the South African seamers on a helpful wicket, and Smith admits even he did not know much about him before the match.

"My knowledge of Kyle was limited going into the Test match so it was fantastic to see him bowl as well as he did," Smith said.

"He bowled at a good, solid pace, hit the deck hard, got the ball in the right areas. He asked a lot of questions.

"This is the best team I have played in as a South African cricketer, we have all our bases covered. Part of that is the maturity and professionalism with which they approach every match. If you are even 10 per cent off in your game it can affect the result, but the guys gave it everything again."

Pakistan captain Misbah said his team lacked consistency.

"Full credit to the South Africans for the way they played in this series, their batting, bowling and fielding was better," Misbah said.

"We had an opportunity to win the second Test in Cape Town with two hundreds and 10 wickets for Saeed Ajmal, but a batting collapse hurt us there. It has been the story of our series."

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