Cape Town – It has been a pretty traumatic early summer,
given the ructions over the badly curtailed Indian tour, so the first domestic
final of the season should be at least some reason for a more positive feeling
around South African cricket.
Nor is it as though the current international series in the
Emirates was too hastily cobbled together: unlike the sudden follow-up series
on home soil between South Africa and Pakistan, this particular itinerary has
been known for months.