DURBAN: England captain Andrew Strauss said on Wednesday that his team’s win by an innings and 98 runs in the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead had been outstanding.

“It’s not far off the best performance I’ve seen by an England team,” said Strauss. “Away from home, that’s as emphatic as we have been. Pretty much the whole match, we’ve done what we wanted to do.”

England’s comprehensive triumph completed a year of success under Strauss’s captaincy, which included an Ashes series win over Australia.

“We’ve come a long way in the last 12 months,” said Strauss. “But we’ve still got a lot of hard work to do.”

Strauss said one of the keys to the team’s success was “not getting carried away when we’ve done well.”

“We reached a point but we haven’t been able to go to the next level. We need to look at why we haven’t been able to take that step,” said South African captain Graeme Smith.

Smith said the scale of the Durban defeat was “massively disappointing” and indicated unhappiness with the way the team had prepared.

Carberry called up

Meanwhile, England called up uncapped Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry as cover for Paul Collingwood before the third Test against South Africa. — Agencies

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