It was appropriate that Australia’s winning moment in the Adelaide Test came with two debutants: Matthew Renshaw and Peter Handscomb at the crease, because this was the result of a new era.
Once South Africa executed their plans, Australia didn't even have the time to respond; rather than being hit off line or being forced into a change, things just worked for the visitors.
For South Africa, this was a win that was suggestive of the beginning of a new era and a brighter future; for Australia this was a worrying defeat in which their poor away form appears to be creeping into their previously impenetrable home record.
Pakistan won the crucial encounter of the day, a winner-takes-all clash at the Adelaide Oval, against Ireland by seven wickets.
Pakistan, having been put into bat by the UAE, managed 100 more runs than their previous highest score this tournament, racking up an impressive 339-6 with a near-perfect display of modern ODI batting.
This Pakistan team, like the last, and the one before that and before that, don't really like basic skills.
'West Indies' only exists in a cricketing sense, and as they head into a World Cup in turmoil, it’s not hyperbolic to ask whether this is the beginning of the end?
While India crafted their innings with care and consideration, Pakistan, albeit in a more pressurised response, struggled to stay calm.