CSA pleased with regained top ranking

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Cricket South Africa congratulated the Proteas on achieving their dual objective of winning the Test series in Sri Lanka and regained the number one ICC Test ranking, after drawing the second match in Colombo.

Cricket South Africa congratulated the Proteas on achieving their dual objective of winning the Test series in Sri Lanka and regained the number one ICC Test ranking, after drawing the second match in Colombo.

The Proteas needed to win the series to go top of the table again, taking the mace back from Australia, and they survived on day five with two wickets in hand to see a rare series win in Sri Lanka to completion.

"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."

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