Dale Steyn had been a shadow of his old self over the past few months, as injuries hampered his career and limited his effectiveness with the ball. Temporarily, it seems.
The Proteas are keen to build on the positive elements they have taken out of the drawn Test in Durban, despite so little play being possible.
Supersport Park's head groundsman, Rudolph du Preez, has given some insight into preparing the outfield and pitch for the second Test match between the Proteas and New Zealand starting on Saturday.
Day five of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand was called off before the scheduled start of play even arrived, so the match ended in a draw after four days were lost.
Cricket South Africa have blamed the poor outfield conditions during the first Test against New Zealand on unseasonal rains in Durban, after three full days of cricket were lost to the elements.