Jacques Kallis with the bat and Sunil Narine with the ball were the star performers as the Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the opening match of the Indian Premier League 2014.
South Africa have included recovering batsman JP Duminy in their 15-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 although Jacques Kallis will play no part in the tournament.
The experienced all-rounder has made himself unavailable due to personal reasons but with Duminy returning, and the in-form David Miller also included, the squad is not short of batting options.
South Africa will fly in all-rounder Ryan McLaren as cover for Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander ahead of the third Test against Australia which begins on Friday.
In other news from Australia, it has been confirmed that James Pattinson will miss most of the remainder of the Australian summer as a result of the side pain that he felt on the third day of the ongoing second Test.
Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis were early casualties for South Africa, even before they suffered a mauling at the hands of Australia on the opening day of the second Test in Adelaide.
Philander didn't even make the team due to a sore back and Kallis bowled just 3.3 overs before limping off with a hamstring strain. Australia went on to close the day on 482 for five.
It is Jacques Kallis who wins this week's award. He ended day one against Australia on 84 and turned that into 147 on day three following a second day washout. His innings helped South Africa make 450 in their first innings.
Jacques Kallis has made the cut and has been selected in South Africa's final 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20. Test captain Graeme Smith, who was included in the 30-man provisional squad, has not been included however.
The other notable absentee is fast-bowler Marchant de Lange who has still not recovered from the back injury which ruled him out of the ongoing tour to England.
South Africa have rested all-rounder Jacques Kallis and included Dean Elgar in their 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day International series against England which begins in Cardiff on 24th August.
South Africa have recalled Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith to their provisional 30-man squad for the WorldTwenty20 in September. Kallis last played for the Proteas as a regular member of their T20 team in May 2010, while Smith was dropped before February's three-match series against New Zealand.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news looking back at the opening day's play in the two New Year's Test matches - Australia vs India in Sydney and South Africa vs Sri Lanka in Cape Town.
2011 Cricket World Player Of The Year Sachin Tendulkar missed out on his latest chance to score his 100th international century before Australia's quick bowlers - including fast-improving James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus - bowled India out cheaply.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news looking at India beating the West Indies in the second Test and Jacques Kallis becoming the fourth man to reach 12,000 Test runs.
Centuries from Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni put India in a commanding position of the second Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata before the West Indies, despite a valiant attempt from Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, were comprehensively defeated.