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When a breeze blows down the Elandsberg in the Eastern Cape, it stirs the blooms of thousands of proteas and strelizias on Longmore Flower Estates - including three very special hybrids in short supply on world markets.
The Wanderers Stadium, jam-packed with 32 000 fans, on Sunday witnessed what has been dubbed the greatest one-day international ever as South Africa edged Australia by one wicket, with one ball to spare, in the highest scoring and most explosive ODI in history.
Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini were honoured as two of SA's five cricketers of the year for a record-equalling fourth time at the launch of the 2005 South African Cricket Annual. Andre Nel was recognised for a second time, while AB de Villiers and Boeta Dippenaar were honoured for the first time.
If you were watching any of the previous four cricket World Cups, and you had any sympathy, you might have spared some for South Africa's cricket team.
It's not a year ago that a hand injury forced an early end to Jonty Rhodes' international career. What's the best ever fielder in the game of cricket getting up to now? Well he's not sitting on his hands, as Brad Morgan discovered when he bumped into his old adversary the other day. There's surfing to be done, after all, and banking - yep, banking - and have you heard of 20/20 cricket?
The year 2003 must go down as a disappointing one for South African cricket. The reason is simple: the Proteas failed to make the Super Sixes in the World Cup that was played on home soil early in the year. Brad Morgan takes a closer look at the year that was.
With the 2003 Cricket World Cup fast approaching, its time to take a look back on South African cricket in 2002. Apart from a solid hiding from Australia at the beginning of the year, there were some strong performances from the national team, while there was excitement in the domestic ranks as the four-day Supersport Series produced a first-time champion, Easterns.
When Gary Kirsten did well, South Africa did well. Over the course of an 11-year career the nuggety left hander from Cape Town became the rock upon which the South African team built its batting. And when he was finished he owned most of the important South African batting records.
The first Protea to capture 300 test wickets, Allan Donald was for some time the most successful Test bowler in South African cricketing history, and ranks among the best in the history of the game.