AT the height of summer, it is barely credible that the number one ranked cricket side in the world will have had nothing to do for a full month. I am sure that the Protea entourage have been delighted with this unexpected opportunity to spend an extended holiday with their families after a mildly arduous year, but their extended vacation has done nothing to kindle interest among the growing supporters of cricket in South Africa. This can happen in a three-match series, but what was revealing is how ordinary and defenceless the Proteas looked while these two were plundering Graeme Smith’s attack in the first two Tests. One can argue that there were extenuating circumstances with the injuries to Philander and Kallis, as well as the dreadful form of Tahir. But it should not be overlooked that Dale Steyn was also a long way off his best bowling.