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Kyle Abbott celebrates a wicket

Australia v South Africa, 5th ODI, Sydney

De Villiers blames over-thinking as plans go awry

Given the intricacy of South Africa's planning for next year's World Cup, it is difficult to believe it has all come down to this: a 4-1 defeat to the opposition they believed they needed to beat to consider themselves ready

Robin Peterson is bowled

Australia v South Africa, 4th ODI, Melbourne

Series defeat raises South Africa doubts

Problems closing out innings with bat and ball have plagued South Africa in this series and have suggested the team is not as ready for the World Cup as they thought

Steven Smith moves outside off and flicks between his legs

South Africa in Australia 2014-15

Steven Smith a 'captain's nightmare'

Steven Smith has come in for high praise after his sparkling 73 in Canberra, with AB de Villiers dubbing him "a captain's nightmare", and Aaron Finch going one further by naming Smith in the same breath as de Villiers himself

AB de Villiers plays a forceful shot

Australia v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Canberra

De Villiers gets the inside track on Canberra

Though South Africa lost to Australia in Canberra, AB de Villiers was able to take away a solid gameplan for the World Cup when they would play Ireland here: batting the opposition out