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.
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.