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I’ve been amazed by the fatalism with which the cricket authorities and public at large have greeted our series loss to Australia.

It’s as though the series win in Oz was a Christmas present from an overseas relative, all the more delicious for being unexpected.

Back home, the natural course of events was resumed — South Africa lose in Tests to the Aussies. There’s a freakish inevitability to it all — that’s the way it works. Ask Steve Waugh, ask Gary Kirsten, ask the ghost of Dudley Nourse; they’ll all confirm the logic.

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