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Stark truth: This is bleakest phase for Proteas since unity

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Proteas Head coach Mark Boucher has a word with the team. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
Proteas Head coach Mark Boucher has a word with the team. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

If you wanted to nit-pick statistically, you could say that troubled times for the South African national men's cricket team began … well, in the very beginning.

In a vastly different landscape, the country lost all of its first five official Test series - four to the game's custodians England, one to Australia - between 1888/89 and 1902/03 as the game took painstaking, high-level root on these shores and clearly lagging behind the other two in developmental, infrastructural and a host of other terms.

The "difficulties" weren't over: there was another lengthy period between 1910/11 and 1929 when SA couldn't win any of 10 further series (nine reverses, one stalemate).

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