Batsman AB De Villiers and JP Duminy completed what seamer Vernon Philander and leg-spinner Imran Tahir started, as South Africa comfortably beat New Zealand by six wickets in the first ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
Make no mistake, the Black Caps and Proteas' preparation for next year's World Cup starts now. Three ODIs in the same country that will host the 2015 limited-overs showpiece bring plenty of experimentation and fine-tuning.
Captain AB de Villiers has insisted South Africa will succeed in this month's three-ODI series against New Zealand, despite the absence of the veteran Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis.
Captain Brendon McCullum has confirmed all-rounder Jimmy Neesham will open the batting alongside the experienced Martin Guptill, come New Zealand's opening ODI against South Africa at the Bay Oval this week.
Spin bowler Aaron Phangiso is determined to prove significant amid a bowling attack lined with seam bowlers, come South Africa's three-ODI series against New Zealand, which will get underway at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.