Change in sports teams rarely happens easily or conveniently. It can be precipitated by the “happy” accidents of injury or loss of form but, for the most part, a captain, selector or even CEO has to make the decision to move on to a younger generation. The Proteas’ national selection convener, Linda Zondi, has been acutely aware for the last two years of the need to manage the transition from half a dozen long-serving players in their mid-30s who might all be looking to move on from international cricket after the 2019 World Cup. In fact, it’s fair to say it has been a healthy obsession for him and his panel. AB de Villiers removed himself from the equation but that hardly made things any easier. JP Duminy’s return from shoulder surgery is taking longer than was planned, making World Cup selection even trickier, and now, at the worst time possible, the selectors have finally made the dreaded move to (publicly) acknowledge that there is a problem with the great Hashim Amla. Amla’s om...

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