What an advertisement for Test cricket. Obviously sad that we’re on the losing side but all I’m asking for is that we fought and fought very hard, and we did that. Over five days, there has to be a winner and credit to England for just a little bit more in the tank than we have. It was a great Test match. Obviously a good variety in the wicket as well: day one and two probably bonus wickets, and then towards the end it got a bit flatter to bat on. But big series like this you want two teams to bash it out for five days. The next Test will be very exciting.
What pleases me is the fact we’ve found someone who’s really good at the top of the order in Pieter Malan. Technically extrmeely sound, knows his game well, and those are the things you’re nervous about when there’s a bit of transition, how are the new players going to do when they come in? He’s stepped in and obviously played one of the great innings. We’ve shown we’ve got another opener who can play Test cricket for us. From a batting point of view not where we want to be yet, but today was a great step in the right direction. Most teams would come when the chips are down and probably fall after lunch or fade away. For me it’s a huge step for us as a young batting unit, showing a lot of character and fight. Today we lost with the right character, and I’m proud of that.