AB - A dream come true
Man of the match AB de Villiers has described South Africa's one-day series triumph over Australia as a "dream come true".
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 26/01/09 3:26pm
Man of the match AB de Villiers has described South Africa's one-day series triumph over Australia as a "dream come true" after the tourists completed a remarkable double Down Under.
After recording their first ever Test series triumph on Australian soil at the end of 2008, the Proteas clinched the five-match one-day series by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead with victory in Adelaide.
De Villiers (82 not out) shared an unbroken 144-run stand with Hashim Amla (80no) as South Africa comfortably chased down their 223 target with eight wickets and 11.5 overs to spare.
And De Villiers, who kept wicket in place of the injured Mark Boucher in the first innings, admitted that recording back-to-back series wins over Australia was 'unbelievable'.
"It has been an unbelievable few months," he said. "A Test series win (in Australia) and a one-day series win is something a cricketer can only dream of and it has come true for us.
"It has come true at last after a lot of hard work and we are delighted.
"It was a very good one-day wicket and things just came together. I've been hitting the ball well in the nets and luckily it came off for me today."
Captain Johan Botha, who has led South Africa superbly in place of the injured Graeme Smith, praised his side's character throughout the series.
Australia made a strong start in Adelaide, Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey helping the hosts to 110-2 before a procession of wickets brought the Proteas back into the match.
"We keep getting ourselves in a difficult situation with the first few overs of our bowling and then the guys keep pulling through," he said.
"We restricted Australia to a good score again and then the guys batted brilliantly."
Botha, who took 2-28 from his 10 overs, revealed his delight with not only his own performance, but also the way his team-mates have supported him during the tour.
"I am very proud, the guys have supported me really well," he said.
"I've been really happy with my bowling the last two games, I've just come on in the middle period and stopped them scoring and got a few wickets which is great for the team.
"It has been a brilliant tour so far and we would like to finish with another win in Perth.
"We will have to give one or two of the bowlers a rest but I'm sure the guys who come in will want to finish well."