The Black Caps are an all-star team and will brutally test the strength of the South Africans.
Cricket president N?Srinivasan is infamous for being against player influence, but South African Tony Irish may be just the man to thaw him.
Nothing but good intentions from CSA, but black players who earned their spot aren't so happy with 'token' places.
Aaron Phangiso has grabbed a belated opportunity to confirm his position as a worthy second Ptoteasspinner behind Imran Tahir.
Their score vindicated De Villiers's point that cricket is played as much in the head as on the field.
The new Proteas all-rounder may only come in at number seven, but he does take regular wickets.
One-day skipper AB de Villiers noted that he wants his team to find confidence before the triangular series in Australia.
With nothing to lose, Zimbabwe will fight for nothing less than a win, says Test captain Brendan Taylor.
Following his worst and last series, Jacques Kallis has retired before what would have been his sixth World Cup.
The team has proved it has a core of great players, despite the loss of Smith and Kallis.