Durban:Christmas is in the air in Durban. If you haven't been to a Boxing Day Test - and this correspondent hadn't - you might find it almost surreal. Test cricket brings its own vibe with it; an anticipation and intensity that appears to be missing, at least on the surface. There is Christmas, there are "The Holidays", and then there is the New Year. It is a time to relax, a time to enjoy, a time to take stock, and a time to look forward.
Make no mistake about it, though: in less than 24 hours India's biggest Test of the year will start, and perhaps this particular unit's biggest too. It has been a year of success where they have held on to their No.1 ranking for 360 days, but they will know how seriously that tag will be taken if they find themselves 2-0 down on seaming tracks in a country that has forever been their nemesis.