The top-rated batting unit on the planet failed to live up to the hype once again at the 2017 Champions Trophy.
South Africa’s batting implosion against Pakistan bodes badly for a more challenging clash against India.
The Proteas head into the Champions Trophy with only one competent death-bowling option in Kagiso Rabada.
A dearth of substantial top-order partnerships continues to limit the Proteas’ potency.
Keshav Maharaj’s arrival and Morné Morkel’s return bode well for a Proteas side with grand ambitions.
Stephen Cook, Hashim Amla, and Temba Bavuma need to find form ahead of a series in England where big team scores will be paramount.
The ODI series finale in Auckland should provide the South African attack with a shot at death-bowling redemption.
Defeat to New Zealand in Christchurch showed that the Proteas still have much to rectify in the lead-up to the Champions Trophy.
Stephen Cook will be a key player for a Proteas side building towards several big series in 2017.
The Proteas need to come out fighting in the first Test against New Zealand.
South Africa’s new spin trio was responsible for the unlikely yet timely win against Australia in Guyana.
While South Africa have ticked some boxes in the top- and middle-order, a genuine all-rounder remains elusive.
The limitations of the Proteas coaches and the flawed attitude of the players can no longer be ignored.
A dearth of experienced bowling options presents a massive challenge for South Africa’s new Test skipper AB de Villiers.
While Quinton de Kock’s Test recall is long overdue, it won’t solve all of South Africa’s problems.