South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith has paid tribute to the way in which his side comprehensively outplayed New Zealand on their way to a 2-0 series victory.
Smith prevailed over innnigs victories in both matches in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, with New Zealand failing to score more than 275 and in Cape Town being bowled out for just 45.
Rumours were doing the rounds as early as September about Surrey signing South African captain Graeme Smith and the club have now confirmed the left-hander as their new captain for the 2013 season as well as for the following two years.
It will be the 31 year-old's second spell in county cricket, after leading Somerset in 2005, a season in which they lifted the Twenty20 Cup for the first - and to date - only time.
South African Test captain Graeme Smith will miss the Indian Premier League 2012 as he undergoes an operation to fix an ankle injury.
A recovery time of eight to ten weeks puts him out of contention for the tournament, where he was due to represent the Pune Warriors.