- Ant Sims
Vernon Philander has been caught in the middle of an alleged quota controversy after media reports suggested he was selected for the semi-final after interference from the board. Unsurprisingly, Cricket South Africa and the South African sports ministry have already denied the claims, but such reports follow an enquiry, if only for the sake of trust from the support base. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Australia are the World Champions of cricket after a convincing win over New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday. Much like their journeys here, the two teams’ performance on the day stood in total contrast. For one thing, this should set the tone for years to come. For another, the losing team will be wondering how things went so wrong, so quickly. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The conviction of former tennis icon, Bob Hewitt, on two counts of rape and one of indecent assault, vindicates the experiences of many women who grew up in the claustrophobic and deeply patriarchal 1960s, 70s and 80s and who were victims of the unquestioned toxic power and privilege bestowed on men during this epoch. It might be difficult for younger women to imagine just how silencing and oppressive a time it was. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Two quarterfinals into the 2015 Cricket World Cup, those who invested the past six weeks of their lives into following the tournament must be utterly disappointed. Both matches have been dull and one-sided, and yet the tournament’s format was designed to protect the “strongest” teams. Say what? By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
As far as the stats go, there has never been a worse time to be a bowler at a Cricket World Cup. The scoring rates are at an all-time high and while innovative approaches can take some credit, the rulemakers should consider the impact that some of their decisions might have on future generations. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Don’t despair, South Africans. We are taught not to rejoice in others’ misfortune, but desperate times call for desperate measures. For all the ECB’s #LoveEngland Twitter campaigning, there’s no love lost there – and as for the sorry state of English cricket, it’s okay if you want to indulge in a little therapeutic Schadenfreude. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
South Africa continued to keep their World Cup campaign on track with a massive win over Ireland on Tuesday. Their next challenge will come against Pakistan over the weekend, but they can be pretty pleased with the way things are turning out after their dodgy outing against India about a week ago. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Chris Gayle obliterated some records (and the Zimbabwe bowlers in the process) when he became the first person to score a double century in a World Cup on Tuesday. For Gayle, the knock could not have come at a better time. For South Africa, however, it was the worst possible time. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.