There is a significant difference between resting on your laurels and savouring past successes. The former inevitably leads to defeat, whereas the latter can, in fact, lead to further victories. It’s why sports teams and individuals watch replays of themselves performing well at critical moments, to reignite that sense of belief. What’s the point in winning if you don’t indulge in the pleasure once in a while? It’s probably not the best time for the Proteas to be doing that, given the problems they face and the enormity of the challenge presented by Pakistan in the imminent Test series, but that shouldn’t stop fans remembering the greatest cricketing summer in the country’s history. A crazy, roller-coaster ride to a 2-1 victory over the best Indian team of all time and the world’s No 1 ranked team was followed by the first victory against Australia on home shores since isolation — in eight attempts. Not just victory, but a dominance so increasingly crushing that it forced the visito...

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