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After the dramatic and historic Test series, South Africa and Australia move on to the Twenty20 series with an anticlimax somewhat inevitable.

The tourists appeared to suffer fatigue on their recent tour of England, fading quickly in the One-Day series and slumping to a 4-0 defeat back when Kevin Pietersen was still enjoying his honeymoon period. Mickey Arthur says that South Africa will be treating the limited-overs games as a separate tour, and there will certainly be no shortage of new faces. Herschelle Gibbs returns to the side following his stint in rehab, and there are set to be debuts in the first match for Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Vaughn van Jaarsveld. Johan Botha takes charge (somewhat surprisingly) of the team in Graeme Smith’s absence.

For Australia, Luke Ronchi comes in as Haddin is rested, the bowlers are shuffled, and David Warner (a Twenty20 specialist who has never played a first class game) is set to make his debut. The hosts will be keen to boost morale with some wins, and they have a strong record to defend, having never lost a Twenty20 international at home.

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Australia and South Africa, as you probably know, don’t always get along. With a possibly momentous series just around the corner, they aren’t wasting any time in letting everyone else know about it.

Mickey Arthur and Tim Nielsen have spent the last few days trading, if not quite insults, then less than complimentary comments.

I like a bit of needle ahead of a Test series, and with the Aussies acting a little wounded by their series defeat in India, there is almost guaranteed to be plenty more where that came from.

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