There was a moment in Sunday's Champions League Twenty20 final that would have rattled any South African cricket fan who was watching closely.
The Proteas might find forgiveness easier to come by than when they arrived home from last year's World Cup, but the tournament still raised a series of questions.
Far from becoming dispirited by the public outcry that followed their naming of the Cricketer of the Year shortlist, the ICC must have been delighted by the Saeed Ajmal furore.
Along with Paddy Upton, Gary Kirsten has identified what it is that the world's top cricket teams require to lift them to another level, writes Tristan Holme.
Graeme Smith's omission from South Africa's World Twenty20 squad was no great surprise, but it's worth pointing out a couple of healthy reasons behind it.