Why don't they do a tri-series for the ODIs any more?
What do you think will happen in South Africa? Will Australia be able to dominate like they have on home soil?
The last year have been big on the home side winning but will Kallis not being in the side make a difference?
They raised an interesting point in the paper today. Kallis was expected to retire after the series against Australia, not before. It's left the SA selectors in a bit of a quandary, because the aren't sure what type of player to replace him with. Should they bring in a specialist batsman, should they bring in a specialist wicketkeeper, or should they bring in another paceman? They already have a specialist batsman at 7, so maybe a wicketkeeper could come in and allow de Villiers to play as a bat only. Trouble is, de Villiers WANTS to keep. And a specialist paceman would upset the balance of the side, as you would then have the tail starting at 7.
There is also the factors for SA that Steyn has a broken rib, and de Villiers has a hand injury, but both are expected to be fit for the series.
They dumped the Tri-series concept a few years ago when they decided that no-one was watching ODIs anymore. The games featuring Australia were well-patronised, but the games featuring the two touring teams were ratings disasters for Channel 9. I think they will come back, because ODIs haved proved to be more popular than the "experts" thought they were.