Sweet re­venge as Eng­land’s stumped

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

WHAT HAP­PENED PROTEA CAP­TAIN Graeme Smith’s un­de­feated 154 runs in the fi­nal in­nings of the third Test at Edg­bas­ton helped his team achieve a se­ries vic­tory in Eng­land for the first time in 43 years – with one Test in the se­ries re­main­ing. The pre­vi­ous se­ries vic­tory, in 1965, was when Peter van der Merwe was cap­tain and the cream of SA’s crick­eters sel­dom lost against Eng­land or Aus­tralia. BEELD said Smith and his Protea team de­served the ac­co­lades for the way they beat Eng­land to clinch the se­ries – es­pe­cially since the team seemed to be in se­ri­ous trou­ble at one stage in the fi­nal in­nings. They can now tackle Aus­tralia with greater con­fi­dence, the pa­per said. The Star said it was an achieve­ment to cher­ish and hope­fully the end of SA’s “chok­ing” in im­por­tant matches.

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