Cape Town – The way seems promisingly clear for Graeme
Smith’s increasingly steely South African Test side to nail down their
top-ranked status in the world for an extended period.
The Proteas currently boast a six-point gap over the
second-ranked English, who are in the midst of a four-Test series in India but
will not make significant inroads into the South African supremacy even if they
win the four-Test series currently locked at 1-1.
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South Africa, for their part, finally have the satisfaction
of coming home, in more ways than one, given that their next two series are on
our soil, and against teams who have never before prevailed here – New Zealand