Strong batsmen prepared to force the pace on sluggish tracks can be rewarded, but "accumulators" looking for singles in T20 cricket sink quickly.
With Bangladeshi cricket on the rise, victory for the visiting South Africans is by no means assured.
Despite the complaints about quotas, there are definitely enough black players available in cricket.
Though losing in the semis was brutally disappointing, AB and Co proved they certainly aren't chokers.
South African cricket certainly pulled the rabbit out of the hat but they've still got two games to go.
A record unbeaten 256-run fifth wicket partnership laid the foundation for the Proteas' opening victory of the Cricket World Cup.
A record-breaking partnership of 256 between David Miller and JP Duminy led South Africa to a 62-run win over Zimbabwe on Sunday.
The West Indies gained their first win in the five-match cricket ODI series after they looked doomed to defeat several times.
AB de Villiers scored the fastest-ever One Day International century as he led South Africa to a 148-run victory over the West Indies on Sunday.
AB de Villiers led his side to a comfortable 61-run Duckworth-Lewis victory over West Indies in their one-day international match in Durban on Friday.
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.
South Africa's Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers notched up an unbeaten 70-run stand to leave the Proteas well-placed in the second Test at Newlands.
More than ever, international cricket needs the team to take its place among the best once again.
Makhaya Ntini is SA's second-highest wicket taker, but Dale Steyn is looking good to take that record, and Ntini says he welcomes it.
The Caribbean team dream of past glory but recent history gives a brutal picture of the challenge they face.
The captain is prepared to move away from the predictable Proteas by bringing himself – and other 'amateurs' – on to bowl.
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.