More than ever, international cricket needs the Caribbean team to take its place among the best once again.
The Caribbean team dream of past glory but recent history gives a brutal picture of the challenge they face.
Ultimately the South Africans were the Aussies' equals but too many slips cost them the series.
The captain is prepared to move away from the predictable Proteas by bringing himself – and other 'amateurs' – on to bowl.
Expect fireworks and sledging in the ODI series between two of the top cricket teams in the world.
Every opportunity to play at the iconic Australian stadiums should be consumed voraciously, even if in lesser formats and with far less at stake.
Driven not only by versatility but also a rarely seen creativity, De Villiers should be a tonic for any potential selection headaches.
The Proteas "won rusty" at the start of their New Zealand tour, but win they did.
India – and money – dictates the game, which is going to bite those who so readily sold out.
The Black Caps are an all-star team and will brutally test the strength of the South Africans.