Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith says he is nervous for the Proteas' upcoming tour to India because it is the start of a big summer of cricket which could be a 'defining period' for the side.
The Proteas jet off to India to play three T20s, five ODIs and four Tests with the first T20 international scheduled for 5 October.
Upon their return home, the Proteas will then host England in four Tests, five ODIs and two T20 internationals before they welcome Australia for three T20s in March 2016.
Smith told the Times: "I'm a bit nervous. It's a tough tour for us and this is a big season for South African cricket with the Indian tour and the English tour later this year. This could be the defining period for this team.
"Four Test matches in India are not going to be easy, especially because it involves a lot of travelling, a lot of people and the conditions are going to spin.
"I'm holding thumbs that everything will go well. If we have a good Indian tour, I think we'll then do very well against the English."
Smith, who holds the world record for the most Test wins as captain, hopes the current team will carry South Africa's proud record of never having lost an away Test series since 2006.
The 117 Test-capped Smith said: "Our record of not losing a Test series away from home since 2006 has been incredible. Hopefully these guys will keep going and keep doing us proud."