The caring, empathetic man who has left the cricket field is a far cry from the brash young batsman who took the Proteas helm more than a decade ago.
With cameras all over and cricket umpires watching for ball-tampering, bowlers really have to sweat the small stuff.
When Australia's Mitchell Johnson is flustered, he bowls "a pile of junk". It's too bad that bowling out SA calms him down, writes Neil Manthorp.
The subtle influence of genial coach Darren Lehmann has seen old-fashioned values unite the Australian cricket team and charm the selectors.
CSA faces a big challenge when its alliance with the Pakistan Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket will be tested to breaking point.
The three-Test series between Australia and the Proteas - by a distance, the two best teams in the world - will be decided by their pace attacks.
The "big three" of India, Australia and England now dominate in the boardroom, but South Africa have to show they are in charge on the cricket field.
Global cricket's ex-legal head warns the proposed coup by the "big three" will undermine governance
While cricket's new T20 format is extremely popular, cricket diehards can draw some comfort from the fact that it is not a matter of all or nothing.
Jacques Kallis's absence will be keenly felt when the South African cricket team sets out to beat a swaggering Australia.