New Zealand have started their tour of SA in great fashion, whipping the President`s XI by 200-odd runs. And it was a pretty good president`s XI too, with a couple of former internationals and a couple of fringe youngsters. Shane Bond looked in very impressive form, bowling with plenty of pace on an uncharacteristically seamer-friendly Bloem wicket, and Vettori scored an excellent 99 in the NZ 1st innings. They have 1 more warmup game, against a SA "A" side, before the test match series starts. SA have just completed our tour of Pakistan, having played some very good test cricket in beating the hosts 1-0, making good use of a spin-bowling option in Paul Harris, and giving young paceman Dale Steyn another go. Both performed pretty well, and this augurs well for the series. But the Proteas once again showed some extremely erratic ODI form, winning the series 3-2, but looking anything but convincing for the most part. The soft underbelly of the ODI middle-order, as well as the middle overs bowling, was again exposed. So here`s to both teams getting into some decent form before the 1st test, and giving us a good series of cricket!