6 Dec 2012

South Africa look to build on Australia win

11:22 am on 6 December 2012

The South African cricketers want to use their recent series win in Australia as a stepping stone to cement their position as the world's dominant test team and to build something really special.

South Africa take on New Zealand in a two-test home series in January and Proteas captain Graeme Smith says the tests would provide them with the opportunity to build on the momentum from Australia.

The Proteas, who have not lost an away test series since 2006, won their second consecutive series in Australia after their victory in the third test in Perth.

Smith says they've enjoyed the opportunity in Australia and knew that Australia would be the big stepping stone for us holding onto the world number one test ranking.

Now it's a chance to create a bit of a gap between them and the other teams in their home summer, so the motivation will be to beat New Zealand first up.

Smith says South Africa, who became the first team to win consecutive series in Australia since West Indies in 1992/93, had found success due to a growing maturity in the squad.