- Ant Sims
If there was one man who could perhaps have matched the late great Nelson Mandela as the peoples' champion in the 1990s it was Baby Jake Matlala, dwarfed in physical stature by the first democratically elected president, but fit to stand tall next to Madiba as one of South Africa's greatest heroes. By KEN BORLAND.
It’s difficult to imagine how anyone could really be angry with Nelson Mandela, a man who epitomised forgiveness and reconciliation, but South Africa’s sporting opponents, especially in football and rugby, in the 1990s perhaps had good reason to feel a bit miffed whenever the iconic statesman made an appearance at a game. By KEN BORLAND.
Australia are 2-0 up in the five-match Ashes series after giving England a walloping, again. The Aussies won the second Test by 218 runs with contributions with the bat from almost everyone in the team and Mitchell Johnson once again doing damage with the ball. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five talking points from the match.
Arsenal remain at the top of the table and now sit five points clear, but with fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea to come before Christmas, they'll probably be disappointed to have dropped points against Everton. Even more so with both Manchester City and Chelsea dropping points over a match day weekend that had yet another “wow” factor. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five talking points.
When it comes to Nelson Mandela and sport in South Africa, the most common memory is his role during the 1995 World Cup. But he had profound impact on cricket in the country, too. Not only did a few simple words set the ball in notion to send South Africa to their first World Cup post-isolation, but his interest in the individuals who have represented South Africa was always genuine and heartwarming. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The lack of effectiveness of the Indian bowlers on a lively Wanderers pitch in comparison to the probing aggression of the South Africans was the obvious difference between the two teams as the tourists suffered a crushing 141-run defeat in the first one-day international at the Wanderers last night. By KEN BORLAND.
South Africa beat India by 141 runs in the first one-day international at the Wanderers on Thursday. It was their second-biggest win in terms of runs over India, and a solid batting performance. Some phenomenal bowling from Dale Steyn helped the hosts to a convincing win. There was much to talk about and ANTOINETTE MULLER picked five key points.
There has been plenty of talk about South Africa playing attacking cricket against India, but judging by what coach Russell Domingo said on Tuesday, fans should not expect the batsmen to be bounding down the pitch to the spinners or the bowlers to use the new ball like in a Test match. By KEN BORLAND.
The BCCI have asked for a bigger slice of the ICC revenue pie because they make the pie and provide essential ingredients. In a utopian world, it makes little sense; economically, though, it’s an entirely fair demand. While much focus will be on how the BCCI are flexing their financial muscle yet again, the greater picture should not be ignored: cricket’s need for a parallel and independent economy. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
If cricket fans can manage to swallow the politicking and focus solely on the cricketing action that is about to unfold between South Africa and India, there is much to get excited about. India’s new guard is packed with exciting talents. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks four players worth watching in the one-day series beginning on Thursday.
Everton schooled Stoke, Arsenal extended their lead at the top, Tottenham managed to score and Liverpool suffered the upset which has been coming. The trend continued for spectacular entertainment in the Premier League this weekend and ANTOINETTE MULLER had the tricky task of picking just five talking points.
Something is rotten in the state of South African cricket, and no, it’s not the administrators. The Proteas’ struggles when chasing totals in ODIs have been exposed and paraded for all to see throughout the year, and with the World Cup now just 18 months away, they will face their toughest preparation yet when India arrives this week. BY ANTOINETTE MULLER
Pakistan made history on Wednesday by winning their first ever one-day international series against South Africa. Despite a number of fine individual performances from the hosts, they stuttered towards the end and once again failed to chase a total. They have now lost eight games batting second in 2013, and won just twice chasing this year. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Cricket South Africa have pulled a few rabbits out of their hats over the last few months. With a heavily truncated summer thanks to a spat with the BCCI, they’ve had to resort to a few last-minute solutions to fill up the cricket summer. On the surface, those solutions appear like gimmicks, but they’re a little bit more than that. BY ANTOINETTE MULLER
Jonathan Trott will not take part in cricket for the foreseeable future, owing to a stress-related illness. He’s been suffering with it for a while, but something has now pushed him over the edge. Although the reaction was mostly positive, there is still a serious lack of understanding of how serious such issues are – and that mental illness does not discriminate. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Arsenal remained at the top of the table, Chelsea and Liverpool sat on their heels and Manchester City continued to score goals at will on their home turf. The Premier League returned after the international break and it looked like it never left. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five talking points from the weekend gone by.
With the eye on the ICC world T20 happening in Bangladesh next year, South Africa are starting to show signs of being a solid unit, but there are still a few kinks which need to be ironed out. LYNN BUTLER picks five talking points from the recently-concluded T20 series between South Africa and Pakistan.
Pakistan made history by winning their first-ever one-day international at Newlands. Poor bowling in the last 15 overs, a lack of significant batting partnerships and a host of poor fielding cost the Proteas, who lost by 23 runs in the first game of a three-match ODI series on Sunday. LYNN BUTLER picks five talking points from the first match.
South Africa got a lucky break in the first T20 against Pakistan when they won the game on the Duckworth-Lewis method. JP Duminy said the team “got away with murder” when the rain came down. The two sides will be at it again at Newlands on Friday, and South Africa, with its inconsistent batting, will need to step up as the team continues preparations for next year’s World T20. BY LYNN BUTLER.