ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Steve Smith of Australia congratulates Matt Renshaw after he received his Australian cap before play on day one of the Third Test match between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide Oval on November 24, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Australian captain Steve Smith is hoping that his side's Test win over South Africa in Adelaide can start a successful generation of Australian cricket over the next decade.

The Aussies ended their five-Test losing streak with the seven wicket win over the Proteas, and the win gave Smith enough confidence in his side to be able to trust them for years to come.

Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson all made their Test debuts in the Adelaide win, and Smith believes the youngsters could kickstart a dynasty in Australian cricket.

"Last week was great. The guys responded beautifully, a new team together, to play the way we did against a quality opposition was incredibly pleasing," Smith told AAP.

"It's probably a little bit harder now than it was back in the '80s. The demands of international cricket are probably a little bit different with all three formats of crickets and lots of cricket going on.

"But you have to give guys opportunities and see how they go. I guess we'll be trying to stick together for a while.

"The great thing about this team that played last week is they're all so young.

"Obviously you've got to continue to perform.

"But if they can continue to do that, there's no reason why we can't play together for the next five to 10 years and create something really special together."

Australia will be looking to move themselves up the ICC Test rankings once again, after slipping from first to third this year following defeats to Sri Lanka and most recently, South Africa.

Series victories against Pakistan over the Christmas period and India in February would lift Australia back up the rankings, but the Aussie skipper isn't letting the rankings distract him.

"I'm not thinking too much about the rankings at the moment," said Smith.

"For me, it's about ensuring we try and put some consistent performances together and back up what we did last week.

"What we did last week was outstanding so if we can do that consistently, continue to adapt to each conditions and be resilient and get through difficult periods, I'm sure we'll continue to have a lot of success."