Steve Smith and Australia have given cricket lovers around the world another reason to question the integrity of the game.
The Proteas’ chances of bouncing back against Australia will hinge on their ability to post more top – and middle –order partnerships of substance.
The Proteas bowlers disappointed as much as the batsmen in the humiliating 5-1 series defeat to India.
The Proteas have to show more urgency and innovation against the Indian spinners in the remaining ODI matches.
Proteas coach Ottis Gibson may need to revise the balance of the side as well as the strategy ahead of a very different challenge against Australia.
The Proteas found a winning formula and a new identity in the 2-0 series victory over India.
The Proteas look set to reap the benefits of a four-prong seam attack in the short- and long-term.
South Africa’s success against India and Australia may hinge on the management of AB de Villiers.
Ottis Gibson must continue to experiment with the aim of developing all-rounder options before the 2019 World Cup.
Careful management of one of South African cricket’s prize assets will ensure that Kagiso Rabada takes his place among the Test bowling greats.
Keshav Maharaj has shown that he has the skill, as well as the mental strength to join and possibly surpass an elite group of South African Test spinners.
The senior players will be under pressure to lift the team’s standards in what will be a crucial Test series against Bangladesh.
New coach Ottis Gibson will need to address the Proteas’ mental frailties as well as their technical shortcomings during this period of transition.
A lack of significant individual scores and partnerships continues to compromise the Proteas in big Tests.
Faf du Plessis has to deliver as a batsman and tactician in South Africa’s must-win Test at Old Trafford.