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A LACK OF PATIENCE in batting led to the West Indies’ downfall against South Africa. That’s what Player Of The Series Dale Steyn reckoned contributed to the Caribbean cricketers’ failure to make big totals in the two Tests they lost in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados to go down 2-0 in the three-match Digicel home series.“They can sit down and learn from our batting line-up. “Somebody like Shiv [Chanderpaul] batted unbelievably well. He attacked when he had to and he defended well when he needed to, but patience is probably a key thing for them at the moment,” Steyn told reporters on Tuesday.Hard work“They are probably not the most patient batting line-up I’ve ever bowled to, but I don’t think that there’s anything wrong, they’ve just got to put in some hard work,” he added.The experienced Chanderpaul scored 300 runs at an average of 75.00 to be the West Indies’ leading batsman, as he moved his Test aggregate to within 31 runs of the 9 000-mark. All-rounder Dwayne Bravo (166 runs, average 33.20) was the next highest run-scorer.Steyn, who captured 15 wickets in the three Tests, at just 18.13 runs apiece while becoming the fourth fastest bowler to take 200 scalps, said all was not lost for the West Indies as they have some gifted players.“They’re a good side, there’s massive talent. You look at somebody like Chris Gayle. “We don’t just go to our team meetings and do our video analysis of the West Indies players and say do this and you’re going to get them out,” Steyn said.“You have to sit down and look at this guy. If he gets away from you he can score a lot of runs. “He’s shown it in the past and in these conditions he can score not just hundreds but big hundreds, even a triple-hundred. It’s not a batting line up to take lightly,” he noted.More bounceSteyn said he welcomed bowling on a pitch like Kensington Oval where there was some assistance for him and partner Morne Morkel, who ended the series with 14 wickets at 18.92 apiece.“There was a little bit more bounce here,” he said.“Morne has been fantastic,” he added. “He came out and bowled well against England. He did it here as well. I am very glad we have another guy firing,” he said.Terrific tourSouth Africa’s captain Graeme Smith was delighted with the Test series success, which followed their sweep of the preceding two Twenty20 matches and the five One-Day Internationals.“It has been a terrific tour for us. You can’t argue with our results on this tour. “We can’t hide away from the disappointment we experienced in the World Twenty20, but we asked each other to step it up and we made sure that happened in every training session and we performed to the best of our ability,” he said.

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