Smith: proteas want to extend Test No. 1 lead

2012-12-07 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Proteas skipper Graeme Smith said they are eager to extend their lead at the top of the Test rankings when they face New Zealand at home.

After SA defeated Australia with a 1-0 series win, they now have 123 points — six ahead of second-placed England, and nine ahead of Australia.

“We are enjoying the opportunity to be [at number one].

“We have worked hard to be here, and we knew that Australia would be the big stepping stone for us holding onto number one [ranking].

“We have given ourselves the opportunity for our home summer to create a bit of a gap between us and the other teams.

“It is an opportunity to build something really special. The motivation for us will be to beat New Zealand first up,” he said.

New Zealand start their tour against South Africa with three T20 internationals on December 21, 23 and 26, followed by two Tests (January 2 to 6 and January 11 to 15) and three one-day internationals (January 19, 22 and 25).

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