Cricket South Africa tried to reassure fans by saying they'd be giving Newlands an Australia Test, and that they wanted to give everyone a chance to get a fixture over the summer, but we reckon there are more sinister reasons afoot.
We look back on some of the topics of conversation that kept social media afloat during the Ashes tour, sometimes for days, from the silly to the serious, the cricketing to the not, and the bright spots between the rain delays.
Pirates Don't Play Cricket, co-written by former New Zealand bowler Iain O'Brien and maths teacher Rowan Gibson, is an action-packed, detail-filled and educational look at team-work, making new friends and learning how to throw a ball.
Usman Khawaja is the latest person to go in at first drop, but he made just 25 runs in Manchester and 21 at Chester-le-Street, so the battle for a Punter replacement continues, with an eye to the return leg of the Ashes in November.
If I were Australia batsman Chris Rogers, or fast bowler Ryan Harris, I'd be giving my team mates the cold shoulder for the next few days, after the veterans' career-best efforts went down the drain in Durham.
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