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South Africa showed composure and character to beat Australia, says Graeme Smith

South African skipper Graeme Smith praised his side after they humbled Australia by 231 runs in the second Test at Port Elizabeth and also lauded his side’s composure and character during the win.

The win allowed South Africa to bounce back from the 281-run hammering they received at the hands of Michael Clarke’s men in the first Test at Centurion and level the series 1-1.

“The week building up was a tough week for us. We needed to be smart, we needed to be clinical. We needed good ideas as to how we were going to respond. I don’t think many teams would have been able to respond from a defeat like we tasted.”Smith said the match had been set up by a solid first innings of 423, followed by good bowling.

“The intensity we showed with the ball in both innings was really impressive on a wicket which didn’t offer that much.”

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