The Proteas can use the last matches against the Windies to hone the skills of their reserves.
The Windies have shown just how little appetite the South Africans have for flexibility.
Our top all-rounder is knocked for six after being left out of the Proteas touring squad, but will no doubt bounce back with his trademark stoicism.
More than ever, international cricket needs the team to take its place among the best once again.
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.