South Africa 314 (De Kock 90, Du Plessis 53, Amla 50, Henry 4-93) and 80 for 5 (Du Plessis 15*, de Kock 15*, Patel 2-22) drew with New Zealand 489 (Williamson 176, Raval 88, de Grandhomme 57, Morkel 4-100, Rabada 4-122)
August 2006 to March 2017. That’s five months shy of 11 years. And in that time, South Africa have only lost one Test series away from home.
Ross Taylor (16 centuries), Trent Boult and Tim Southee (a combined 394 wickets). They lost the toss. They conceded a total of 314 and then took a lead of 175. At stumps on day four, they were five wickets away from beating South Africa for the first time in 13 years.
And then, there was no more cricket. Overnight storms spilled over into the playing hours, and Faf du Plessis, who was at the crease even as his colleagues succumbed to the fatigue of spending 162.1 overs on the field, was denied the chance to add to his many blockathons. He had seen his side careen to No. 7 in the ICC rankings at the start of the summer.