As already shared on the site, the Proteas have accumulated their 12th consecutive win in ODI cricket, matching the National record set back in 2005 (When the team went 20 games unbeaten, with the 12 wins in the middle). We have paid tribute to the current crop, but what about the team from 2005. There were 20 players used in the run of 12 games, but we have just picked the 11 that played the most and feature them in batting order.
Graeme Smith (C) – South Africa’s top scorer in the run with 424 runs at an average of 47.11. Scored two of the three centuries for the team in the run.
Boeta Dippenaar – 327 runs scored at an average of 81.75. The Yo-yo man was just selected ahead of Nicky Boje for us on account of needing an extra batsmen as he only featured in half of the games. Also hit the highest SA score of the run with 123.
Herschelle Gibbs – played in 10 games of the run and scored 370 runs with a top score of 81. His average 46.25 is great, but didnt score the big scores you would be used to in his career, but was useful in many low scoring games.
Jacques Kallis – He notched up 3 fifties in his 8 games in the run, but only picked up 4 wickets, which surprised me immensely, but then I saw he didnt bowl in most matches. This may have not been the best of Kallis but he still averaged 38.14.
Ashwell Prince – Arguably the best batsmen for South Africa in the run, the 89 unbeaten at Queens town was one of the knocks of the winning streak and he ended it with an average of 60.2 thanks to only being dismissed five times.
Justin Kemp – In the absence of Jacques Kallis bowling regularly, the mantle of all rounder was picked up by Justin Kemp. He notched four fifties in his 339 runs averaging 56.50 and coupled that with a great economy in the overs that he bowled.
Mark Boucher – The untouchable keeper player every game in the winning run regularly came in either later in an innings or pulling off a rescue job. Managed to score a couple of 40s and a top score of 49. A great option at number 7.
Shaun Pollock – Arguably South Africa’s second best all rounder in post isolation cricket. He did not have to bat too often in the run but notched up a very useful 37 against NZ. He may have taken only 6 wickets, but bowled one of the best spells of 10-0-23-0 to help SA win the 12th match.
Charl Langeveldt – Now the SA bowling coach, Langeveldt batted just twice in his 10 games. His stand out performance came with the sensational hat-trick to snatch a victory against the West Indies. Picked up 17 wickets in 10 games.
Makhaya Ntini – South Africa’s premier fast bowler at that stage led with distinction picking up a remarkable 22 wickets in just 9 games regularly chipping in with 3 in a game.
Andre Nel – The Benoni boytjie was in the prime of his national career at this stage and was a regular in the squad alongside Ntini. He played 8 of the 12 games and in the process picked up 16 wickets.