CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) on Saturday congratulated the Castle Lager Proteas on achieving their 100th Test match victory since the formation of a unified national cricket body.
The century mark was achieved when the Proteas beat Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in the second Test match which finished at Dubai on Saturday.
"This is a day worth celebrating in South African cricket as it is a very relevant milestone," commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. "If one considers that this is only our 207th game since the United Cricket Board of South Africa came into existence in 1991, it represents an impressive winning margin of close to 50 percent, and to maintain this over a 22-year period says a lot for the 81 players who have represented us in the pinnacle form of the game.
"The current side is proudly the best one we have had in the modern era and arguably the best of all time. It is fitting that they are the ones to achieve this landmark under the captaincy of a man like Graeme Smith.
"I extend my congratulations to all who have contributed to this phenomenal record on behalf of all our stakeholders. I would also like to thank Castle Lager for their support of the Proteas throughout this period."
The South African captains during this period have been Graeme Smith (51 wins), Hansie Cronje (27), Shaun Pollock (14), Kepler Wessels (5), Mark Boucher (2) and Jacques Kallis (1), Gary Kirsten and Ashwell Prince.
The coaches have been Mickey Arthur (22 wins), Bob Woolmer (21), Graeme Ford (16), Eric Simons (14), Gary Kirsten (12), Mike Procter and Ray Jennings (5 each), Corrie van Zyl (4) and Russell Domingo (1).
The Proteas had to work hard for their success on the fourth day as Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq added 197 for the fifth wicket before part-time spinner Dean Elgar made the crucial breakthrough by dismissing the Pakistan captain – his maiden Test wicket.
Asad was defiant to the end being last man out for 130 (320 balls, 15 fours and a six), this being his highest Test score and his second century against South Africa.
What must have been particularly pleasing for the Proteas was that the two spinners – Imran Tahir and JP Duminy – were responsible for six wickets (three each) in the second innings. Imran finished with his best match figures of 8/130.
The drawn series moves Pakistan up to fourth on the world rankings ahead of Australia while the Proteas lost four points but are still 15 points clear of England and India in second place.