Exciting, action-packed, thrilling, explosive and brilliant are the best words to describe the Proteas series whitewash win against current world cup champions and number 1 ranked Australia. The Proteas were clinical in securing a 5 – 0 series victory over the visitors! Both new and experienced heroes played their part in this historic series win, and the Proteas achieved this without injured star players like AB DeVilliers and Morne Morkel. It shows that the team has huge depth to it! And it shows that the team has some very talented young stars with bright futures! This is the first time Australia have been beaten by such a convincing margin in a series, which makes it a fantastic achievement for the Proteas who are well on their way to claim that number one ranking from the Aussies.
Team captain Faf du Plessis says that he is incredibly proud to be the captain of a Proteas team that created history. “It’s really special. We as a team, obviously before the series, didn’t expect 5 – 0. We wanted to beat the Aussies, but when we got to 3 – 0, it was important for us to try and make sure we don’t take our foot off the gas. This group of players wanted to make history, and we did that today,” Du Plessis said. “It’s a special feeling. As always, these things probably won’t make as much sense while we are sitting here now, but I’m hoping that tomorrow when I wake up and going forward, this will be an incredible team effort and team achievement that will last a long time. I’m incredibly proud to sit here and be the captain of a side that’s done that. But for me, the greatest thing is that we were a team right through this series. We had special guys put up their hand through every game, which is what you want as a captain.”
Some of the star performers from the Proteas were:
Rilee Rossouw was named Man of the Series for efforts with the bat. He scored 122 runs in the 5th ODI last night, despite having fractured his finger in two places, which helped the Proteas post that big score of 327! Rossouw scored 63 runs off 45 balls to help SA to victory in the 1st ODI. Rossouw scored his 2nd fifty in the 2nd ODI when he scored 75 runs off 81 balls.
Quinton de Kock was named Man of the Match in the 1st ODI for his incredible 178 runs off 113 balls! What a knock! That knock set up the win for South Africa! De Kock set up the Proteas innings by scoring 70 runs off 49 balls in the 3rd ODI opening the batting.
New player Andile Phehlukwayo bowled brilliantly in the 1st ODI taking 4 wickets for 44 runs in his 10 overs!
Faf du Plessis was named Man of the Match in the 2nd ODI for his match-winning 111 runs off 93 balls. Du Plessis was the top run scorer in the 4th ODI for South Africa. He scored 69 runs off 87 balls in the low scoring match.
JP Duminy scored a quick 82 runs off 58 balls in the 2nd ODI to help South Africa to victory. Duminy also contributed well to the Proteas’ score during the 5th ODI scoring 73 runs off 75 balls.
It was Miller time during the 3rd ODI when David Miller scored 118 runs off 79 balls to secure the match and the series victory for South Africa. He did so with Andile Phehlukwayo by his side who also did well scoring 42 runs off 39 balls!
Kyle Abbott was one of the heroes during the 4th ODI. He bowled brilliantly taking 4 wickets for 40 runs in his 8 overs restricting Australia to a low total in their innings.
Tabraiz Shamsi also starred with the ball in the 4th ODI. The spinner took 3 wickets for 36 runs in his 10 overs!
Well played, Proteas! You’ve made South Africa very proud, and have definitely given us something great to smile about!