As South Africa sealed an incredibly unpredictable 5-0 win against Australia after a tense final game in Cape Town, we thought we would look for the previous times the Proteas have sealed an ODI series with a whitewash. Incredibly in ODI cricket, considering only series with more than three games this was the 39th whitewash and just the 5th since 2012. Here is the full list of the SA whitewash series victories in ODI cricket for series with more than three games.
South Africa in West Indies, 2005
The series started well for the South African side as Makhaya Ntini took four wickets in limiting the Windies to 253. It was then chased down with ease thanks to a century from skipper Graeme Smith. Boeta Dippenaar’s second 50 of the series led to an easy chase in the second game and put the Proteas on the verge of a series win. In the third match Dippenaar continued his fine form with a ton as the Proteas posted a great 284, with Jacques Kallis scoring 87. A much younger Chris Gayle devastated the South Africans with 132. When Andre Nel dismissed the big West Indian the Caribbean side needed 27 to win off 26 balls and 4 wickets left. When Ntini dismissed Browne there were 4 runs required off the final over, with three wickets remaining. With four balls remaining only two runs were needed before Charl Langeveldt produced the first ever hat-trick in ODI cricket for South Africa and secured a one run win! South Africa completed the whitewash on the back of some great cricket and inspired by man of the series Boeta Dippenaar.
India in South Africa, 2006/07
India were the first team to taste a whitewash from the South Africans here at home and quite honestly they were saved the indignation of a fifth defeat by a rain out. Such was the difference in class in the series. In the three matches that SA batted first the combined victory margin was 343 runs. In the one victory chasing they did it with nearly 20 overs remaining. This was not a contest, it was a slaughter. In fact India only managed to get to 200 once in the series and even failed to get to 100 in Durban when they were bowled out for 91. In that game Jacques Kallis singlehandedly scored more runs! In fact Kallis, Kemp (100*), Gibbs (93*), de Villiers (92*) and Smith (79) all beat the highest Indian score of 63. In a five match series, India recorded just 3 fifties!
West Indies in South Africa, 2007/08
The West Indies were under the receiving end again from our boys but for this occurrence it was in South Africa and there was no need for last ball heroics by Langeveldt. The difference may well have come in the fact that two South Africans were able to score 8 scores in excess of 55, while the Windies only pitched in with two. The difference in the quality of batting consistently meant that WI set targets not quite good enough. 175, 169, 252, 263 were not quite there and when they did bat decently in Jhb scoring 295, Duckworth Lewis took it home for SA. Morne Morkel, Charl Langeveldt and Shaun Pollock led the wickets with a combined 20, where Pollock incredibly bowled 11 maiden overs out of 47 and rightfully shared the man of the series with JP Duminy who scored 227 runs at an average of 113.50! It was also the last time Polly played ODI cricket for SA and a fitting farewell for a great man of our game!
South Africa in West Indies, 2010
It was more of the same for the Windies in 2010 when South Africa visited, however this time the whitewash was a lot closer than before (yes I know how that sounds). South Africa sealed the series with three relatively convincing wins before the final two games produced humdingers. Chasing 304, South Africa managed to win by 7 wickets mainly due to the brilliance of Amla scoring 129. But an incredible last over almost saw the Windies home as Darren Sammy missed a final ball run out to force a draw! The last game the chase was different as it was just 253 needed. But when Ryan Mclaren was the 8th wicket to fall SA still needed 18 runs, when the 9th wicket fell, 1 over was left and 7 runs were needed. Van der Merwe hit five in the first two balls before Lonwabo Tsotsobe, batting for the first time in an ODI. He watched a nearly wide fly past before he swatted the ball to the boundary and confirmed the series and another Windies whitewash! Amla was man of the series for scoring 402 runs in the series!
Australia in South Africa, 2016
Australia came to South Africa, missing a couple of frontline bowlers, but as the world’s top ranked ODI side. Our most recent limited overs series was the disappointment in the West Indies and of course the poor World T20. There were only a few who were truly optimistic. But instead what we saw was incredible. It started with QDK’s incredible 178 in Pretoria, Faf’s 111 in Johannesburg, Millers 118* blitz in record breaking Durban, reserve Abbott’s 4/40 in PE and of course consistent Rilee’s 122 in Cape Town. It was the series where fans started to support again. It was the emergence of the new Zulu Andile Phehlukwayo, the underlining of Tahir’s youthful exuberance at 37 and Faf’s emergence as a great captain. It was a series that reminded us of the quality of JP Duminy, the keeping ability of Quinton de Kock and introduced us to a very promising Dwayne Pretorius. But you know what stood out the most. It was a team that took different turns to stand up. It was a team. And that team smashed the Aussies! It’s bloody brilliant! That may very well have been what #ProteaFire is supposed to be about!