Durban:Cricket South Africa on Tuesday lauded the national team for their win against Australia in the fourth ODI at Port Elizabeth, which have them an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
CSA CEO Gerald Majola said in a statement the victory confirmed the Proteas' status as the world's best ODI team.
"Although it is now a dead rubber, the Proteas will be going all-out to stretch their lead in the world log even further with victory in the final match on Friday at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg," he said.
"The win is a personal milestone for century-maker Herschelle Gibbs, who has overcome several recent set-backs to reach the top again and to justify CSA's faith in him. It is also wonderful to welcome newcomers Wayne Parnell and Roelof van der Merwe into the Proteas' ranks".
CSA would also like to thank and congratulate Graeme Smith and Johan Botha for their leadership and performances which have seen the Proteas beat Australia both at home and away to take top world ODI honours.
They were backed by a committed management team under Mickey Arthur, who has grown extraod inarily in stature as national coach. "The Proteas' supporters, sponsors and suppliers have also been superb and the players have responded with unprecedented performances that have enhanced both their sport and their nation," said Majola.