Cape Town – Last Friday, jet lag Dale Steyn just returned from Australia to attend the launch of the Super Mzansi (MSL) League in Cape Town.
Steyn had just landed back in South Africa after being in Australia together Proteas, helping them secure a valuable 2-1 ODI series victory in preparation for next year's World Cup.
"This is one of my more enjoyable tours to Australia," said Steyn.
Since the Australian football fraud scandal rocked world cricket earlier this year and resulted in a ban on captain Steve Smith, batsman star David Warner and rookie Cameron Bancroft, Australian cricket has been on the ropes in a desperate attempt to recover.
The result was a far more unfriendly approach to the field than we expected from the Aussie in recent times.
"They are tame, but if you go to Australia, you can feel why," skipper Faf du Plessis said when returning to South Africa on Monday.
"It is difficult to explain the pain experienced by Australian cricket if you were not there. The public was angry at what happened and Australian Cricket was strict in imposing sanctions.
"There are many people who ask them to change it (sanctions), but they remain firm because they can see how much influence they have on the supporters. They are really hurt."
Warner and Smith were both banned for a year every time Bancroft stole 9 months.
The aftermath of one of Australia's darkest cricket days saw coach Darren Lehmann step down, while Australian Cricket CEO James Sutherland also resigned.
Now, under the leadership of new coach Justin Langer, Aussies are trying to be more positive on the field in an effort to win back public confidence.
"You understand why they want to play a different cricket brand because there are lots of eyes on them," said Du Plessis.
But, at the end of the day, Australia will always be Australia and Du Plessis revealed that there are still a number of small talk from the crowd.
"You always sing when you go to Australia. That's the beauty of playing there," he said.
"You feel that energy in the crowd. In most changers, you have to walk through the crowd to get to the field so that when you walk down you hear some good morning & # 39;"