CENTURION, South Africa (AP):
South Africa beat Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs yesterday for a 3-0 series whitewash, with the world's top-ranked team ending their Test season in utterly dominant form and now targeting a "dynasty" of success, according to captain Graeme Smith.
The Proteas bowled out the tourists for 235 in their second innings late on the third day of the final Test. South Africa made 409, batting first at Supersport Park and then blasted Pakistan out for 156 in their first innings and eventually won a sixth straight Test to seal a second consecutive whitewash on home soil.
Debutant seam bowler, Kyle Abbott, took 7-29 in the first innings and nine wickets in all in his first Test as South Africa powered to victory, even without injured all-rounder Jacques Kallis and fast bowler Morne Morkel.
South Africa has also won six Test series in a row, last losing a series in March 2009. They are unbeaten in 12 series and strongly underlined their top ranking in their final Test of the 2012-13 season, having claimed the No. 1 position with an away win in England last year and defended it with a series victory in Australia.
South Africa have lost just once in their last 23 Test series dating back to January 2007, but their most recent results have moved the team clear of their nearest challengers at the top.
"It's the best team I've played in as a South African cricketer," captain Graeme Smith said. "We've got all our bases covered. That doesn't mean that there won't be challenges ahead for this team, but from my perspective, it's the best team I've been a part of."
The next challenge is a trip to the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan again - this time in Pakistan's adopted home.
Having reached 100 Tests as his country's captain during the series - the first skipper to do that - Smith also made history as the first Test captain to secure 50 Test wins with the innings victory at Centurion, adding a personal highlight to a season where the Proteas won in England and Australia and swept successive series against New Zealand and Pakistan back home.
"It was a special summer," said Smith, who has now been in charge of the Proteas for a decade.
Dale Steyn took 4-80 in the Pakistan second innings and was backed up by Abbott (2-39) and Rory Kleinveldt (2-33), ensuring the South Africans didn't have to bat again as they overpowered the No. 4-ranked Pakistan.
"When a No. 1 team is playing in their home conditions, everything is going their way," Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said. "They're (South Africa) too good in these kinds of conditions."