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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 January, 2005, 13:34 GMT
Skipper encouraged by SA triumph
Graeme Smith
Smith was delighted to end a run of moderate results in Tests
South Africa captain Graeme Smith looked forward confidently to the rest of the series after their 196-run win over England in Cape Town.

"I was hoping for a lot better 2005. We had a tough 2004 and it's a great way to start the year," said Smith.

"We started the series on an iffy note in the bowling department and we've just improved throughout the series.

"It was a superb team performance. We go to Joburg with a lot more confidence and look to play well there too."

Charl Langeveldt and Makhaya Ntini shared nine wickets in England's first innings and it was Shaun Pollock (4-65) and Nicky Boje who were the chief destroyers in the second.

"It's nice to get a win again," said Smith, who last tastes victory against New Zealand in Wellington last March.

"The series is level now at 1-1 and we've got two massive games to come at Johannesburg and Centurion."

Kallis on top

Jacques Kallis was named Man of the Match after scores of 149 and 66 and three catches.

Jacques Kallis
We've got the momentum now
Jacques Kallis

He has now replaced India's Rahul Dravid as number one in the PwC Test batting rankings.

Kallis has now scored 448 runs in the series at an average of 74.66

"Hopefully it will keep going. It's nice to play a big role in South Africa winning a game again, it's been a long time. I'll certainly treasure the memory.

"I think it was a good Test wicket. There was something in it for the bowlers and if you were prepared to work hard enough as a batter, you could graft out a few runs.

"Obviously you need a bit of luck to go your way," he said.

"The series is all set up. England are obviously going to come out fighting but we've got the momentum now and it's important we take it forward.

"I'm looking forward to two more good Tests."




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