“The boys appreciate all you guys do for us and these victories are as much yours as it is ours,” wrote Steyn in praise of the support staff Getty Images

South Africa did something recently which was unthinkable till a few years back. In a five-match bilateral One-Day International (ODI) series, the Proteas clean swept the Australians, thus creating a history of sorts. Though the Australian team was not laced with their best bowling attack, this does not belittle the South African effort by any means. They were on the top of their game and put up a clinical performance every time they took the field. The hosts too kept on shuffling their resources during the series and never played full strength. Even their skipper AB de Villiers did not take part in the series due to injury. So, this makes the South African effort all the more special.

South Africa completely outplayed the Australians throughout the series, which also included a thriller of a game at Kingsmead, Durban where Australia were unable to defend 371. The epic run chase was pulled off by the hosts after David Miller played a blinder of an innings. After beating Australia in the final ODI at Cape Town on Thursday and completing the whitewash, speedster Dale Steyn posted a picture of the South African team through his official Instagram account celebrating his team s 5-0-win over the world champions.

Super squad. Thank you to the team behind the team. Always a smile and always there to help, the boys appreciate all you guys do for us and these victories are as much yours as it is ours. 5-0 is crazy, I ve woken up super proud today, well done men! Thanx to the Aussies, always great playing you boys, travel safe and look forward to a massive series down under! Cheers, wrote Steyn in his post.

Steyn, who was not a part of the limited-overs set-up for quite some time, was brought back to the team after a prolonged absence and delivered brilliantly. The South African team will now travel to Australia to play a Test series. While de Villiers will not be able to take part in the all-important series, Steyn will once again play a huge role in the format he is best at.