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De Villiers heaps praise on 'exceptional' South Africa

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Tom McGarry

AB de Villiers has hailed his South Africa side after they secured an emphatic triumph over Zimbabwe in the inaugural four-day Test.

The gulf in class between the two sides was clear to see as the Proteas were able to secure a comprehensive victory in under two days, winning by an innings and 120 runs.

South Africa had posted a respectable first innings score of 309-9dec, helped largely by a century from Aiden Markram, but it was their bowling attack that then stole the show, as they skittled Zimbabwe out for just 68.

The tourists were then forced to follow-on and they did not perform much better during their second innings, as they slipped from 36-0 to 121 all-out during the final session, handing a routine victory to South Africa.

De Villiers, who made 53 on what was his first Test appearance for nearly two years, was certainly pleased with the ruthless nature of his side's performance, reserving particular praise for the the bowling attack.

"The bowlers were exceptional on a very spicy wicket but we still needed to do the basics well and we didn't miss our mark very often," De Villiers said.

South Africa are likely to face a stiffer test of their credentials when they take on the world’s top-ranked Test side, India, in a three-Test series that gets underway on January 5.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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