<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Graeme Smith pleased with injury-plagued South Africa squad's performance" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121127140406.jpg" title="Graeme Smith pleased with injury-plagued South Africa squad's performance" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Graeme Smith was happy to get away with two fighting draws after "a couple of big injuries" Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Perth: Nov 27, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> South Africa captain <a href="/tags/Graeme-Smith/post" target="_blank">Graeme Smith</a> said that his side s unbeaten run in the ongoing series against Australia, despite being plagued with injuries, is a "rewarding feeling".<br /> <br /> "It s really a strengthening point for us considering we haven t played very well, Smith told <em>Reuters </em>after the second Test at Adelaide.<br /> <br /> "We had another couple of big injuries in this Test match that created a little bit of hassle for us and we still managed to scrape through after not being in great positions.<br /> <br /> "We haven t been at our best but we still haven t been beaten, and that s a very rewarding feeling for us."<br /> <br /> South Africa were dealt a blow during the first Test at Brisbane when middle-order batsman <a href="/tags/JP-Duminy/post" target="_blank">JP Duminy </a>pulled out due to an Achilles injury.<br /> <br /> The Proteas also had to withdraw pacer <a href="/tags/Vernon-Philander/post" target="_blank">Vernon Philander</a> from the squad for the Adelaide Test after he pulled up with a back injury.<br /> <br /> But the biggest scare came when talismanic all-rounder <a href="/tags/Jacques-Kallis/post" target="_blank">Jacques Kallis</a> strained a hamstring while bowling on day one of the Adelaide Test. Although the 37-year-old did not bowl further in the match, he came on to bat when the Proteas were in precarious positions in both innings, scoring a half-century to help his team avoid the follow-on in the first and a gritty 46 in the second.<br /> <br /> Duminy s injury ushered in a debut for <a href="/tags/Faf-du-Plessis/post" target="_blank">Faf du Plessis</a> in Adelaide, who almost singlehandedly forced a draw with a defiant century in the second innings, preceded by a fighting 78 in the first. His efforts earned him the man-of-the-match honours.<br /> <br /> Philander s replacement <a href="/tags/Rory-Kleinveldt/post" target="_blank">Rory Kleinveldt</a> also made the most of his opportunity, taking three wickets in the second innings at Adelaide after a wicketless debut in Brisbane.<br /> <br /> While Philander is expected to be fully fit for Perth, Smith hoped Kallis would be fit for the third Test at Perth, even if he were just to figure as a batsman.<br /> <br /> "To watch him (Kallis) be able to still perform with the bat was a crucial factor in the game," said Smith.<br /> <br /> "He played two very important knocks and his experience and skill definitely shone through.<br /> <br /> "Ideally, we d love to have him fit for Perth. He's definitely not going to bowl, but if we can have him just as a batter, that would be the ideal case."<br /> <br /> Smith is proud of his team s unbeaten run away from home, which goes back to February 2010, and hopes his team will recover in time to come back strong at Perth.<br /> <br /> "Obviously, we ve had an extra day of rest from a bowling perspective," Smith said. "Both teams will be pretty battered and bruised.<br /> <br /> "We have five days left on this tour and an opportunity to create something special. That s what we were fighting for."