The Proteas will be looking to come at Australia like a dief in die nag in their first ever day/night Test match at the Adelaide Oval today (6am).
Overwhelming favourites, a win for the Proteas will see them earn back-to-back series whitewashes over the old enemy.
This series, though, hasn’t been without controversy, with SA skipper Faf du Plessis still fighting with the ICC regarding his match fees after being found guilty of ball tampering.
Faf was found guilty after shining the ball with spit from a sweet.
And with the Aussies expected to hand debuts to Matt Renshaw, Nic Maddinson and Peter Handscomb, South Africa will be hoping this match turns out to be as easy as taking candy from a baby.
With Du Plessis and his team bullying the Aussies in the first two Tests, their biggest threat in Adelaide will be the first encounter with the pink ball.
The South Africans had their reservations about playing in the day/ night Test, but after a few practice games with the pink ball, Quinton de Kock and company is ready to roar.
The lefthand batsman has been in superb form throughout the tour, scoring 252 runs – the most in the series – at an average of 84, and it will be crucial for him to continue in that vein if SA want to win their first ever day/night Test.
Similarly, the series’ leading wicket-taker Kagiso Rabada will have to be on song and it will be interesting to see how the bowling attack deals with the new ball.
The “mint-gate” incident involving the Proteas’ captain, though, will add some extra flavour to the match.
Australia are renowned for getting under the skin of their opponents and with the Proteas’ little skirmish with a Channel Nine reporter in the build-up to the match, there is sure to be a lot of sledging in what is effectively a dead rubber.