It's go time. South Africa and Australia kick off their three-match Test series at Centurion on Wednesday. The boardroom rubbish can be put aside briefly and everyone can focus on actual cricket for just a little bit. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks out five key battles from the first Test.
South Africa begin the first of three Tests against Australia in Centurion on Wednesday. The world's number one ranked Test team will remain as such, no matter what the result of the tour.
However, having not beaten Australia on home turf since readmission, there is a certain sense of expectation on the Proteas to show why they are the number one-ranked Test team in the world.
Australia have lost their last two series away from home, and while they might have annihilated England in the recent Ashes series, they were often flattered by England's ineptitude. To stay the best, you have to beat the best, and many will feel that after Australia's Ashes performance, they are one of the best.
Australia are under pressure to prove that what they achieved with their 5-0 demolition job over England was not a fluke. South Africa are under pressure to prove they're not just behemoths ...