- Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
Rain had the final say in what was building up to be an epic ODI between South Africa and England. Quinton de Kock look determined to chase down the 400-run target on his own, or at least until he ran out of partners, but South Africa’s inexperienced bowling let them down on an outfield that was constructed with batsmen in mind. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The inaugural season of the Women’s Big Bash in Australia exceeded expectations in every way. But while the women’s game is becoming increasingly professional Down Under and across the pond, it still lags behind in South Africa. The weakening rand, which so threatens the men’s game, could now also endanger the women’s game if the governing body doesn’t box clever. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Some of the factors that fed into a rather turgid affair at the FNB Stadium on Saturday include a general lack of strikers and of exciting stars and, well, the usual hype around the derby. In the meantime, Mamelodi Sundowns are just getting on with the business of playing good football, leading the Premier Soccer League and investing in the club. By ISMAIL LAGARDIEN.
The Blitzboks lost to New Zealand in the final of the Wellington Sevens over the weekend, but it is not their epic on-field performance that had everyone’s tongues wagging. Dubious refereeing got under the skin of many South African fans and raised some questions about the consistency in officiating in these tournaments. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The Soweto Derby is a relatively peaceful, colourful, noisy and spectacular event. In the rest of the world, local derbies can be bloody affairs that draw on deep tensions within local communities and societies. We should not forget the death of 43 people during a Soweto Derby at Ellis Park in 2001. By ISMAIL LAGARDIEN.
A fancy new algorithm has worked out that Arsenal will emerge the winners of the English premier league in May this year. We have to believe that the supercomputer and the algorithm know what they’re talking about. Some of us will feel a lot better after the January transfer window closes on 2 February. If Arsenal are to be contenders for the league this year, they may want to invest in one or two high-class strikers. By ISMAIL LAGARDIEN.
The “what ifs” will never be answered, but South Africa deserve credit for pulling themselves out of a slump which, at one stage, looked like it might never end. A new era can begin from here, but it will only dawn in six months’ time. While they wait, South Africa have plenty of time to plan and plot the way forward into their new era. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Cele deserves all our respect, and has be remembered for more than what he gave us on the field. He was, also, more than a star or a sportsperson, he was a South African taken away from us by the scourge of road violence that takes away young people – many often in the prime of their lives. By ISMAIL LAGARDIEN.
South African cricket reached another of its “lowest ebbs since re-admission” as South Africa were ripped apart by England inside three days, losing the third Test by seven wickets and conceding the series 0-2 with a match still to go. That the scorecard says England won by seven wickets hardly does justice to the severity of the demolition job that South Africa ran into over the last three days. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
South Africa squandered their advantage of winning the toss by gifting England wickets on day one at the Wanderers; suddenly they are looking like the 2015 team again. With a bowling attack that shares just 77 caps between them – 70 belonging to one player – some hard graft awaits. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Hashim Amla resigned from the South African Test captaincy with immediate effect on Wednesday. Amla said that this decision has been one that he has been pondering since the team returned from their horror show in India. AB de Villiers will see the team through the series against England. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
In a week during which the now infamous Penny Sparrow took to social media calling black people 'monkeys', Temba Bavuma replied with his classy bat, while South Africans cheered him on. As is often the case in South Africa, sport provided us with a reminder that talent is universal. By JUDITH FEBRUARY.