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Johannesburg - A year ago, the Proteas narrowly won a rain-affected two-Test series against New Zealand that would lead to a glorious run.

The victory against the Black Caps was followed by an ­unprecedented 5-0 one-day international (ODI) series whitewash of Australia at home; a 2-1 Test series win in Australia; whitewashes of 3-0 and 5-0 against Sri Lanka at home and a clean sweep in all formats against New Zealand in their back yard.

Yet it took just a month in England to fritter all that goodwill away with a 2-1 ODI series defeat to the Poms, a group stages exit from the ICC Champions Trophy and another 2-1 defeat at the hands of the English in the T20 series.

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