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Cricket: I’m not yet as good as I want to be – De Villiers

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    Ant thinks of the world and the people who live in it as a bear with a sore paw. She has a stick, covered in thorns and she’s poking the bear. When she’s not doing that, she’s watching cricket and longing for the days of the boring, boring Arsenal.

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Photo: Supporters of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense gather at the Arena Conda Arena in Chapeco, Brazil, 29 November 2016, to perform a vigil in honour of the victims of the plane crash in La Union, department of Antioquia, Colombia. According to reports, 75 people died when an aircraft crashed late on 28 November 2016 with 81 people on board, including players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense. The plane crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport. The cause of the incident is as yet unknown. Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against Medellin’s Atletico Nacional on 30 November 2016. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

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Photo: South African captain Faf du Plessis (R) celebrates as the team leave the field following their win in the first Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Western Australia Cricket Ground (WACA) in Perth, Australia, 07 November 2016. (EPA)

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Photo: Faf de Klerk (L) of South Africa in action during the Rugby test match between Italy and South Africa at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, 19 November 2016. Italy won 20-18. EPA/MAURIZIO DEGL'INNOCENTI

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Photo: Wayde van Niekerk in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 07, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Photo: South African captain Faf du Plessis looks on during a press conference prior to the team training session at the Western Australia Cricket Ground (WACA) in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 01 November 2016. EPA/DAVE HUNT

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Photo: South African bowler Kyle Abbott (centre) reacts after dismissing Australian batsman Usman Khawaja for 64 runs on day four of the 2nd Test match between Australia and South Africa at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Australia, 15 November 2016. EPA/DAVE HUNT 

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Photo: England’s Elliot Daly (C) in action against South African players Willie le Roux (L) and Willem Alberts (R) during the Rugby International Test match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium in London, Britain, 12 November 2016. England won 37-21. EPA/GERRY PENNY

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Photo: Tiernan O’Halloran of Ireland (C) is upended by Willie le Roux of South Africa during the Test Series rugby match between South Africa and Ireland at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 25 June 2016. EPA/Gavin Barker

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Photo: South African captain Faf du Plessis (R) kisses Kagiso Rabada (2-R) after he dismissed Australian batsman Mitchell Starc on day 5 of the first Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Western Australia Cricket Ground (WACA) in Perth, Australia, 07 November 2016. EPA/DAVE HUNT

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Photo: South African bowler Kagiso Rabada (centre) reacts with team mates after dismissing Australian captain Steve Smith for 34 runs on day 4 of the first Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Western Australia Cricket Ground (WACA) in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 06 November 2016. EPA/DAVE HUNT

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Perth, AustraliaCricket - Australia v South Africa - First Test cricket match - WACA Ground, Perth, Australia - 6/11/16 South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates after dismissing Australia's Shaun Marsh at the WACA Ground in Perth. REUTERS/David Gray

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Photo: South African bowler Keshav Maharaj (R) reacts after dismissing Australian batsman Peter Neville on day two of the first Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Western Australia Cricket Ground (WACA) in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 04 November 2016. EPA/DAVE HUNT

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Cricket - Australia v South Africa - First Test cricket match - WACA Ground, Perth, Australia - 4/11/16. South Africa's Dale Steyn reacts after injuring himself at the WACA Ground in Perth. REUTERS/David Gray

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Photo: Seabelo Senatla of South Africa celebrates after scoring a try during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Sevens Rugby quarterfinal match between South Africa and Australia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 10 August 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Perth, AustraliaCricket - Australia v South Africa - First Test cricket match - WACA Ground, Perth, Australia - 3/11/16 South Africa's Quinton de Kock hits a boundary from the bowling of Australia's Mitchell Starc. REUTERS/David Gray

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Photo: South Africa celebrate as Wayne Parnell gets the wicket of David Warner of Australia during the 2016 Momentum One Day International Series game between South Africa and Australia at Centurion Park, Pretoria on 30 September 2016 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Photo: Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sport and Recreation and Patrice Motsepe during the Mamelodi Sundowns arrival at the OR Tambo International in Johannesburg on the 26 October 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Photo: Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane celebrates after winning  the African Champions League (CAF) Final second d leg soccer match between Zamalekand Sundowns Casablanca at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 23 October 2016.  EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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