SA Cricketing Moment of the Year 2014 – Winning in Sri Lanka [analysis]

The South African cricket team has had a solid year, despite suckling on the hind teat of scheduling yet again. Nothing was more impressive than the Test series win in Sri Lanka, though, and ANTOINETTE MULLER caught up with coach Russell Domingo to chew over some of the memories.

New captain, new opener, new challenge – no problem. That was the case for South Africa when they toured to Sri Lanka earlier this year. The Proteas had not won a series in Sri Lanka since 1993, and after having had the number one ranking ripped from underneath them, without even lifting a bat, South Africa had a tough challenge ahead.

The first Test courted controversy, with Vernon Philander caught up in a ball-tampering hullabaloo. While that won’t be noted in the scorebook, for many fans this will forever be a dark blotch on the Test.

Still, scoring 455 in the first innings took some doing, especially the hundreds from Dean Elgar and JP Duminy. Faf du Plessis and rookie Quinton de Kock also added to the tally, and by the time the bowlers were let loose, the pressure was on. South Africa’s second innings saw a declaration from captain Hashim…

Source : Daily Maverick