Monday, 28 July 2014
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today congratulated the Castle Lager Proteas on achieving their dual objective of winning the Test series in Sri Lanka and regained the No. 1 ICC World Test ranking.

“The performances of our players in Sri Lanka over the last month has left us breathless at times and have also produced moments of awe, pride and great excitement,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “This is the first South African squad to triumph in both the ODI and Test Series in Sri Lanka and the last time we achieved this on the sub-continent was in Pakistan back in 2007.

“It took great courage and tenacity to support the talents of our world-class players to achieve these series wins. They have now set the bar high for the 2014/15 season which reaches a climax with the ICC World Cup in Australasia in February and March.

“It is hard to find the right words to congratulate our new leadership team of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Russell Domingo. Hashim has made a wonderful start to his reign as captain of the Test squad from every possible point of view whether you look at his personal contributions
with the bat or his calm presence that he brings to the team or his inspiring leadership and tactical acumen that was evident in his declarations in the first Test match.

“There will always be stand-out individuals in any match but this was truly a team effort in getting us across the line in a tense finish and, on behalf of CSA and our loyal fans, I extend warm congratulations to all the players and team management.”