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'SA wants to pocket the series 4-1'

After securing an invincible 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI cricket series crushing Australia by eight wickets in Adelaide, South Africa is now aiming to seal the series 4-1 by winning the last ODI on Friday.

cricket Updated: Jan 27, 2009 14:22 IST

After securing an invincible 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI cricket series crushing Australia by eight wickets in Adelaide on Monday, South Africa is now aiming to seal the series 4-1 by winning the last ODI on Friday.

"We have turned a good tour into a great one by winning both the Test and one-day series and we can now turn it into an amazing tour if we complete a 4-1 victory," South Africa coach Mickey Arthur said after the lopsided floodlit contest.

Arthur, who believes that the Proteas squad is fast becoming a formidable unit in international cricket, showered praise on the bowlers for restricting the hosts for 222 in 48 overs.

"Today's victory was set up by the bowlers who restricted Australia to 222. It was the first time that South Africa had managed to bowl the champions out inside the distance in successive ODIs.

"There are many areas in which the team has gone forward. Most notably the contribution of spin bowlers (Johan) Botha and JP Duminy and the manner, in which the bowlers as a unit have managed to close Australia down in the last 20 overs of each match, both in terms of restricting the run rate and taking wickets," the coach said.

"Typically AB de Villiers stepped into Mark Boucher's wicket-keeping gloves as though he had been doing the job all his life and then he shared an unbroken partnership of 143 for the third wicket with Hashim Amla to clinch the victory and the Man-of-the-Match award," he added.