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.
Aaron Phangiso has grabbed a belated opportunity to confirm his position as a worthy second Ptoteasspinner behind Imran Tahir.
One-day skipper AB de Villiers noted that he wants his team to find confidence before the triangular series in Australia.
Hashim Amla, playing his first series since succeeding Graeme Smith as Test captain, has fought off Sri Lanka's spinners to seal a 1-0 series win.
Kumar Sangakkara smashed his 49th half-century as Sri Lanka fought back on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa on Saturday.
South Africa coach Russell Domingo on Saturday denied his team was earning a reputation for ball tampering.
Aggressive hundreds from Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers gave the SA cricket team their first ODI series win over Sri Lanka on the island.
It is the turn of bowling coach Allan Donald to enforce some free-thinking and adaptability on his troops.
Batsman Hashim Amla has been named South Africa's Test cricket captain, a tough choice between him, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis.
Hashim Amla's appointment as SA's Test cricket captain is likely to be ratified next week in a surprise turnaround from his usual reluctance to lead.
The board of Cricket South Africa will only discuss the selection on June 3, but two new players should be on the list having been consistently good.
The Proteas have lost their opening ICC World Twenty20 cricket game by five runs, with captain Faf du Plessis relegated to the bench injured.
South African cricket lovers may finally be able to watch a global event without expecting the Proteas to win.
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.
Australia's Ryan Harris took the last two wickets as South Africa came within five overs of saving the third Test - skipper Graeme Smith's final game.
Graeme Smith had an ominous warning for the Australians after the Proteas crushed the visitors by 231 runs in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.