England deserved series win admits Smith
Friday 04 December 2009
South Africa captain Graeme Smith felt England were good value for their one-day series victory after the final match in Durban was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The pattern of the past week repeated itself today at Kingsmead, where drizzle began sweeping across a playing area under full cover from around noon local time - two and a half hours before the scheduled start.
Heavier rain set in as usual by mid to late afternoon, preventing any play and resulting in an eventual abandonment at 1700 local time (1500 GMT).
Smith told Sky Sports: "England deserved the series victory, they outperformed us in the majority of the games.
"They deserve credit for the way they have played cricket and if we can learn lessons from this it can be an important stepping stone for us looking ahead to the next 12 months.
"We've had some good discussions and learned a few styles of play and found some areas to work on. Our next one-day series is in India where we have got the World Cup in a year or so's time, and hopefully by then we will have a pretty good squad and be a squad that develops from this series."
Smith and co will now hope for revenge when the Test section of the series gets under way in Centurion on December 16.
"There's a fair break now. The last two years have been a great period for us in Test cricket and we want to carry that on," Smith added.
"England have performed well in South Africa so far and have an Ashes-winning squad."
elephant appealPrince William signs up for our charity appeal
elephant appealSo says man jailed for cutting off dead elephant's tusks
booksWe examine the best titles for teens
scienceResearchers teach border collie to understand sentences using more than 1,000 words
booksA Christmas story in six parts
travelWill high-value tourism help the workshops of this Renaissance city?
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 1 match report: Luis Suarez leaves Malky Mackay with nothing but pride
The worst owner in football? Vincent Tan faces fan backlash as Malky Mackay clings to Cardiff job
Spurs don't want Glenn Hoddle as their new manager
Arsène Wenger: Now is the time to finally beat Jose Mourinho
Manchester United 3 West Ham 1 match report: Ashley Young returns in style to finish off Hammers
- 1 Top PR exec Justine Sacco under fire for sending racist tweet before flying to Africa
- 2 French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 The publisher who played with fire: the battle for control of Larsson's £30m legacy
- 5 Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness