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Proteas are inconsistent - Waugh

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh on Sunday told Eyewitness News Sport the Proteas were close to being...

Proteas captain Graeme Smith addresses a press conference in Cape Town on 08 November 2011. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh on Sunday told Eyewitness News Sport the Proteas were close to being the best team in the world, but were inconsistent.

"South Africa has moments when they look like the best side in the world and they have moments when they don't look like the best side in the world. They are a little bit inconsistent. They really shout have beaten Australia 2-0 in the recent tour, but for some reason they can't quite grab it, when the opportunity presents itself," he said.

With questions around Graeme Smith's run of form, Waugh said perhaps it was time for him to follow the example of Ricky Ponting and relinquish the captaincy at Test level.

"Graeme [Smith] has been captain for a long time, since he was very young. Maybe it would be good for him to be a player not so much a captain. Ricky Ponting has done it and it relieved a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Graeme [Smith] should think of not being a Test captain and just go there and enjoy his batting."