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‘Hell of an effort from bowlers’

Port Elizabeth: South Africa achieved something in the second Test that would have been beyond most teams, said captain Graeme Smith after his side’s 231-run win over Australia on Sunday.

The world’s top-ranked outfit came under under-fire after their crushing 281-run defeat in the opening Test but Smith was proud at the way his players responded as they set up a thrilling third and final match in Cape Town on Saturday.

“We have had to draw on past experiences in this match to find a way to win,” he said after South Africa bowled Australia out for 216 in their second innings on the fourth day.

“It has been a difficult week for us after the first Test. We knew we needed to be smart and clinical and work on good ideas on how we could respond.

Having set a daunting victory target of 448, South Africa were on the back foot when the visitors raced to 126 without loss but fired-up paceman Dale Steyn suddenly got the ball to reverse-swing and claimed four victims as Australia lost 10 wickets for 90 runs.

“Dale always ranges from very angry to extremely angry when he bowls,” Smith joked. “But it was a hell of an effort from all the bowlers. The intensity they showed with the ball on a wicket that did not do that much was amazing. To get nine wickets in a session is remarkable.” (Reuters)