South Africa's champions tag in danger against menacing Australia

No. 1 in Tests, South Africa hardly played like champions against visiting Australia in the opening Test. With two more matches to go, the Proteas run the risk of being annihilated in front of home fans.

updated: February 16, 2014 16:44 IST
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Centurion: South Africa entered their Test series against Australia as undisputed world champions in the five-day form of the game.

But the crushing nature of their 281-run defeat in the first Test at SuperSport Park has raised the possibility that their era of dominance may be coming to an end.

Irrespective of the result of the current three-Test series South Africa will remain on top of the International Cricket Council rankings - but they will need to raise their game in order to be regarded as champions in more than name only.

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