The English series started on a high with the first Test victory, only to end in despair. This tour finally exposed the soft underbelly of the Proteas Test side — the batting.

That weakness was almost inevitable after the departure of many great batters and all-rounders such as Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis and others. It is a measure of the current Protea batters’ fortitude and game plans as well as our strong bowling attack, that the Proteas reached No 1 on the ICC Test table...

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