And when the dust settled over the Super Sixes, four teams - Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa - were the survivors vying to go the distance. A metaphor - the excitement of the Super Sixes matches had raised a sort of dustcloud of comment and criticism. When this died down, it is evident that there were four surviving teams who are competing to get to the final of the Test.
A "fixture" in this context is a match, in this case SA v. Australia.
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