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These have been strange days for SA cricket. No spectators, the traditional New Year’s Test match in Cape Town played at the Wanderers in Joburg, and the Cape Town Test now being played at Newlands in the second week of January.

At least cricket is being played. It took careful negotiations and good personal relationships at the highest levels to save India’s tour to SA this summer. That wasn’t the case 51 years ago, when diplomacy and friendship were not enough to save a tour by white SA cricketers to Australia, and SA was banished from the international game...

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