South Africa in Australia 2008-09 December 31, 2008

Prince wants South Africa to build momentum

Cricinfo staff


Ashwell Prince has not been part of the Perth and Melbourne wins but he is hoping to play at the SCG © Getty Images
 

Ashwell Prince has rated himself a 60% chance of being fit for the Sydney Test, where South Africa will aim for a clean sweep having secured their first series win in Australia on Tuesday. Prince was part of what he called a "proper party" on the night of the historic victory, which he had watched from the sidelines after suffering a thumb injury before the first Test.

Their celebrations included a boisterous rendition of You're not singing anymore in a joyous huddle in the middle of the empty MCG four hours after the winning runs were struck. Prince said the team would be back to business in a hurry as they aimed to complete a 3-0 win that would earn them the No. 1 Test ranking and would give them the perfect start to 2009 after a brilliant 2008.

"We've come a long way as a team," Prince said after the squad arrived in Sydney on Wednesday. "We've won in most countries over the last 12 to 18 months. The only place we didn't win [the series] in was India, but we came away with a draw. The guys are very confident of their own ability and very proud obviously of what we have achieved and we're looking forward to building on that and going from strength to strength.

"The captain said Australia set the standard over the last decade and obviously we don't want to go on a dip after just winning one series. We want to sustain that sort of performance for a long time."

Prince said he was a 60-40 chance to play at the SCG, although the selectors will face a quandary if he is available. His replacement JP Duminy starred in both the Perth and Melbourne triumphs and he would be desperately unlucky to be dropped following his 166 at the MCG.

"We all knew what calibre JP Duminy brings to the team and he didn't disappoint and all credit to him," Prince said. "I think the way he handled himself in both the first and second Tests was superb for a young guy in his debut series."

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