Cape Town: All losses hurt. Some cause lasting damage. Michael Clarke's challenge is to make sure Australia's crushing defeat in Cape Town, which he described as the most disappointing of his career, does not leave them psychologically scarred ahead of next Thursday's second Test in Johannesburg.
This was one of the great Test matches of all time; nobody who was at Newlands on the second day, or even on the third, will forget it. The 15 players in Australia's squad must try. They should learn from their terrible batting, but they must also move on. Quickly.
It is impossible to imagine how the Australians felt on the second afternoon, when they dismissed South Africa for 96 and were then bowled out for 47, their lowest Test total in 109 years. Even Graeme Smith said it was the sort of scorecard he hadn't seen since he was a young schoolboy.