It was South Africa’s sixth successive win and extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches. Both are records for South Africa while Smith also became the first man to achieve 50 Test wins as a captain.

Graeme Smith

“We spent a long time on the road,” Smith said of successive away series wins in New Zealand, England and Australia, which preceded five wins at home — two against New Zealand and three against Pakistan. “We wanted to come back and play a really positive brand of cricket in front of our own crowds.”

Smith said the team did not want to become complacent. “There have been some incredible milestones for myself and the team. We can hopefully go on to achieve a lot more.”