The champagne and confetti are out, ready to celebrate England winning their World Cup and bringing it home. But cricket’s good guys want to spoil the party and make up for falling at the final hurdle four years ago.
The Proteas’ ship is on the brink of hitting an iceberg exactly where the Titanic started its disastrous voyage: Southampton. But how did we get here, their tournament on the brink of ending before it starts?
The most successful team in Cricket World Cup history is out to shake off the shame of Sandpapergate and, with their backs against the wall, Australia are in the exact circumstances under which they thrive.
The Proteas frowned on the art of spin bowling until they found a man who could spin them out of sticky situations. More than that, Imran Tahir has revolutionised spin bowling in South African cricket.