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Up, up and away! South Africa have completed their World Cup warm-up series against the West Indies. They are packing their bags to jet off Down Under to see if they can finally rid their necks of the heavy albatross that’s been weighing them at ICC events for over two decades now. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks six things we learned.
If South Africa hopes to progress to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, the team has to beat Ghana on Tuesday night, and hold thumbs that results elsewhere go their way too. The task at hand might be a bridge too far, but at least Shakes Mashaba has shown signs of getting the team on the right track. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
With the ICC World Cup just around the corner, South Africa and West Indies have one last chance to fine-tune their approach before heading off to Australasia. They will, of course, play each other during the group stage of the tournament, too, but that will be under different circumstances. For now, it’s all about ironing out the creases. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
South Africa wrapped up their three-Test series against the Windies with an eight-wicket win at Newlands. The 2-0 series lead now cements their spot at the top of the world rankings, even though they have to wait about six months before they get to play another Test. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks some key points from the series.
After an early rattle, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers put on a record-breaking partnership to put South Africa in charge, racking up 340-3 on day one against the West Indies in Centurion. It was the kind of performance that was expected of South Africa and while there is still a long way to go, the Windies are looking even more listless than first anticipated. By ANTOINETE MULLER.
While naming somebody “sports personality of the year” is often little more than a Noddy Badge, once in a while, personalities truly enchant - and dig deep into the hearts and minds of those in their surroundings. Shakes Mashaba has had one heck of a year and deserves to be lauded. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Once you get over the marketing spectacle and reconcile yourself with the fact that matches like the Springboks playing the Proteas in a T20 is just for fun, it actually becomes quite an endearing concept. It’s not going to change the world, it’s not going to unify a broken nation, but it’s a simple distraction that will become an annual feature on the sporting calendar, all for a good cause. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
This week, HIV/Aids has undoubtedly received more media attention than it ordinarily would have. But for the men and women working at Grassroot Soccer, World Aids Day is not much different to any other: it is simply one of the 365 they spend per year, fighting the disease through a language most of us speak – sport. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.