Smith: We did extremely well

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    Johannesburg - Proteas captain, Graeme Smith, has commended the way his team fought back to draw the first Test against India at the Wanderers.

    The Proteas put in a valiant performance to go within eight runs of a world-record chase, and will take a lot of satisfaction after being behind India for the majority of the match.

    "They were ahead of the game," Smith said after the match. "I think they would be disappointed that they didn't win it. There was a huge amount in the wicket they had to work with to win a Test match. Knowing the mental drain that it takes to play from behind, day two was an extremely difficult day to bat, and once we were behind it was always going to be difficult to make a play.

    "Credit to the guys and the ability that we had, " he said. " Especially the mental strength and ability to find a way to get something out of this Test match. I think we have done extremely well."

    Smith defended the cautious tactics from Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn, saying the team was fully behind their decision-making.

    "Ultimately the guys out in the middle made the decision that they thought was in the best interests of the team," Smith said. "With Morné (Morkel) struggling to stand and with no ability to run between the wickets and with Imran (Tahir) you're not too sure what you are going to get. We as a team have to support the decision that Dale and Vernon made in the middle. With two overs to go, and one Test match to go with an opportunity to win the series in Durban, we have to be 100 % committed to the decision.

    "The strength of this team is that there are good decision-makers," he added. "Each guy is mature, have made good decisions over the last period of time and have won cricket games for South Africa. That is how we got to No 1 in the world, by trusting each other and trusting our decision-making. Dale and Vernon had my support 100%."

    The Proteas head to Durban for the last stretch of the tour, and will enter the match full of confidence, especially after denying India's bowlers on a sporting Wanderers track.

    "I'd be surprised if MS Dhoni didn't feel that his bowlers should have won the game for them," he said. "With 460 on the board and with 130 overs, you have to believe that on this surface you have the bowling attack that can do the job. 130 overs with the short turnaround in matches there will be a few things that they are thinking about."

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    Thats right, thats is why there was booing at the end of the game. Lots of comments on South African news forums saying SA deserve the chokers label.
     
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    Indeed ! :rofl:
     
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    Milestone curse hits Kallis

    Cape Town - Jacques Kallis was again the unfortunate victim of a bowler reaching a milestone when India's Zaheer Khan dismissed him at the Wanderers on Sunday.

    Kallis was dismissed lbw for 34 in the drawn first Test, albeit in somewhat unlucky circumstances. Replays showed he clearly got an inside edge onto his pads, but with India not agreeing to use the decision review system, Kallis had to accept his fate.

    According to Die Burger's website, Kallis was also West Indian great Courtney Walsh's 500th victim in Port-of-Spain in 2001, as well as Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne's 300th victim in Sydney in 1998.

    Interestingly, when Walsh dismissed Kallis lbw 12 years ago the umpire also missed an inside edge onto his pads.

    Khan is the fourth Indian bowler to achieve 300 Test wickets. Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) spinner Harbhajan Singh (413) are the others.

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