A number of individual performances saved the blushes of the Proteas in their poor ODI performances in Ireland. Ireland, however, received a deserved boost for their years of arduous work and commitment in strengthening their cricket. The country now rivals New Zealand for the “boxing above their weight” title.

Hot off the West Indies tour, the Proteas found it difficult to adapt to the Irish conditions. For example, the fast bowlers battled to adjust their length. In the 1970s the range of pitches in SA demanded that adaptation...

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