After a few questions about South Africa's continued swarming of a Sri Lankan side with little sting, AB de Villiers suddenly could not believe where his post-match conversation was actually going.

"Guys, we are talking about bees," the captain balked. And they were.

Some asked how de Villiers knew the bees had arrived at the Wanderers? "When the slips went down," was the answer. Others wondered whether the break in play affected concentration? "It was annoying," de Villiers said, while Niroshan Dickwella offered a much more stern assessment. "Our momentum was taken away by that break," he lamented. The rest of the reporters may have opted to skip the player interviews in search of the beekeeper who saved the day. Requests to talk to him were coming in even as play continued.

But novelty aside, South Africa had something really sweet to enjoy afterwards.

They have now won their sixth successive ODI series at home and have racked up a record 12 wins since beating England last February. Their previous best - 11 victories in a row in their own conditions - came in the 1996-97 season. They are stacking up well ahead of the Champions Trophy and de Villiers' only hope is that they keep on winning, especially over the next week.

Sri Lanka appear unable to keep up, which has given South Africa a chance at a whitewash, even though de Villiers is wary of putting too much pressure on the side too soon. "There were too many 3-2 results in the past and we've had many opportunities to win series 5-0 and 4-1. We are all a bit sick and tired of not taking our opportunities and we are sitting here with another opportunity," he said. "We try to be clinical about every game we play, with a bit more emphasis and importance on getting results in every single game we play and not just trying to win a series. Having said that, I don't want to mention it too often and I don't want to make it our main thing that we play for 5-0 whitewashes, because that can backfire quickly."

As much as winning is a priority, South Africa may also use the next two matches to experiment because "we are trying to give the whole squad a chance of playing," de Villiers explained. They've already been forced to use bench strength in the batting department because David Miller was ruled out of the series with a finger injury. Farhaan Behardien, who replaced Miller, was not needed at the Wanderers but he will hope for some time at the crease in Cape Town and Centurion. The other player South Africa may want to look at is chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi, who is being kept out by the evergreen Imran Tahir, but has a reputation for being a secret weapon. But the real battle will be between the allrounders.

Wayne Parnell, who played in the first two matches and did "fantastically well" according to de Villiers, was left out in Johannesburg in favour of local lad Dwaine Pretorius and de Villiers liked what he saw. "He is pretty accurate. He is consistent in his areas and is open for advice from some of the senior players. It's an open door to chat to him, I always like to work with bowlers like that," de Villiers said.

Pretorius' tight line and effective use of the short ball saw him finish with a career-best 3 for 19 and stake a claim for a more regular spot in the XI. It's little wonder that he, too, could not stop buzzing. "This is the biggest crowd I have played in front of and it was amazing. It was a great atmosphere the whole time. I know there were bees on the field but it sounded like bees were everywhere," Pretorius said.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent