Captain Graeme Smith led the Proteas to their first-ever series win over Australia at the MCG in Melbourne on Monday ? finally breaking a hoodoo that has hung over the South Africans for decades.

After the heroics at the WACA we did not think it could get any better for the South Africans, but we could not have been more wrong! We rate the Proteas!

Graeme Smith: The Proteas skipper has led from the front all series and Melbourne was no different. A well-played 62 in the first innings was followed up by a glorious 75 in the second to lay the platform for victory. We could not ask for much more. 8/10

Neil McKenzie: The SA opener failed again in the first innings and in truth we feared the worst for him in Melbourne. But he showed his grit and determination to remain unbeaten in the second innings ? the selectors will have some tough decisions to make ahead of Sydney. 7/10

Hashim Amla: He looked in fine touch in the first innings, but failed to push on. He too remained unbeaten at the end and hit the winning runs at the MCG. We feel a big score is just around the corner and could very well come in Sydney. 7/10

Jacques Kallis: The veteran all-rounder threw away his wicket in the first innings and sparked a collapse in the batting order. He did reasonably well with the ball though and remains an integral part of the SA line-up. 6/10

AB de Villiers: Fresh off his heroics in Perth, AB did not enjoy his best match in Melbourne. He could only manage seven with the bat, but was busy in the field throughout. 6/10

JP Duminy: You simply could not ask for more from the young batsman. His knock of 166 ? with the tail as a companion ? was superb. A superstar in the making, Duminy is set for a big future. 10/10

Mark Boucher: There have been quite a few calls for his head over the last few days after failing with the bat again in Melbourne, but while we can understand the reaction, we cannot concur. One of the leaders in the team, Boucher's work behind the stumps is unrivalled in SA. Work needs to be done on his batting though... 6/10

Morne Morkel: A vastly improved performance from the tall fast bowler. He was unlucky to not do better in the first innings and picked it up in the second. Morkel is starting to show more consistency with the ball in hand, which can only mean good things for the Proteas. 7/10

Paul Harris: He may have been targeted as the weak link in this South African line-up, but Harris is proving all his critics wrong in Oz. The SA spinner was quite superb in holding the batsmen at bay and picked up the wicket of Ponting in the first innings when the Aussie skipper was looking dangerous indeed. And you cannot disregard just how important his knock of 39 was for the visitors. 8/10

Dale Steyn: A 10-wicket haul against the best team in the world would have been a job well-done for the Proteas seamer, but his knock of 76 runs in SA?s first innings knock makes him our Man of the Match. 10/10

Makhaya Ntini: Steyn may have picked up the bulk of the wickets, but you cannot dismiss the work Ntini put in at the MCG. He followed up a strong showing in the first innings with a quite superb one in the second. 8/10

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