Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

30 December 2013

South Africa: SA v India - Brisk but Fearlessly Contested Test Series

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South Africa ended 2013 with a ten wicket win over India securing a 1-0 series win and breaking the hoodoo of Durban, winning a Boxing Day Test for the first time since 2008. The Jacques Kallis legacy ended with a fairytale, but the South African legacy can only continue to grow.

This phrase is likely to be repeated a few times over the course of the next few days, but what a great shame the Test series, if one could be so obtuse to call two-games a series, between South Africa and India has come to an end after just two matches.

For South Africa, it's the first time since travelling to Australia last year that they have been properly tested in all aspects. Sure, they lost one Test against Pakistan in the UAE a few months ago, but they bounced right back from that defeat.

This time around, South Africa were never really entirely off the hook. It's a series that has had everything - from verbal exchanges, much needed hundreds, retirements, fast bowlers bouncing back and foreign batsmen proving their critics wrong. To use the ICC's marketing speak, this would have, could have and should...

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