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20 March 2018 12:13 (South Africa)

Cricket: The great escape - lessons learnt for fragile Proteas after rain wins final day

  • Antoinette Muller
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    Antoinette Muller

    Antoinette 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.

Photo: Faf du Plisses and Quinton de Kock at the end of play on Day 4 of the 3rd test match between New Zealand Black Caps and South Africa Proteas. International test match cricket. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand on March 28 2017. Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Photo: South African captain Faf du Plessis (R) talks with bowler Kagiso Rabada during day two of the third Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 25 November 2016. Photo: EPA/DAVID MARIUZ

Cricket: Fear and fast bowling in the age of demerit points

By Antoinette Muller
Gideon Sam, President of SASCOC during the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Town Square Mall of Africa, Midrand South Africa on 27 February 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Reflections: Gideon Sam vs The Board vs Sascoc Staff

By Nkateko Mabasa
Photo: A screenshot of the YouTube video Remember Albert.

Remembering Albert Johanneson, the man South African soccer forgot

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt (C) shouts at his players warming up prior to the first international Test match between Ireland and South Africa at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa 11 June 2016. Photo: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Rugby: What the Springboks can learn from Joe Schmidt’s Ireland turnaround

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Rassie Erasmus is announced as Springbok coach during a South African rugby press conference at SuperSport Studios in Randburg, Johannesburg on 1 March 2018 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Rugby: New Bok coach Rassie Erasmus talks a good game

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Australian captain Steve Smith plays a shot on day two of the third Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 25 November 2016. EPA/DAVE HUNT

South Africa vs Australia Test series preview: One for the connoisseurs

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Then Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa addresses members of the media about the 2017 Local Government Tourism Conference to take place at Emperors Palace, from 3 to 4 April 2017. (Photo: GCIS)

Tokozile Xasa: What a Female Minister of Sport means for South Africa

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola during the Premier League match Crystal Palace vs Manchester City at Selhurst Park in London, Britain, 31 Decenber 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/GERRY PENNY

Analysis: He wore a yellow ribbon – Guardiola remains defiant

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Farhaan Behardien of South Africa bats during the 2018 T20 match between South Africa and India at Wanderers Cricket Stadium, Johannesburg on 18 February 2018 Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Analysis: Scrap T20 internationals? Trevor Bayliss has a point

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Selina Buechel (R) from Switzerland competes next to Caster Semenya (L) from South Africa during the women’s 800m Semi-Final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, Britain, 11 August 2017. EPA-EFE/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Analysis: Sascoc Inquiry scratches the surface of corruption, but misses transparency mark

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South Africa's Caster Semenya competing in the women's 800m heats at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 10 August 2017. EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Caster Semenya never signed informed consent for sex tests, says ex-ASA board member

By Antoinette Muller

Explainer: What you need to know about the Sascoc hearings

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: BSF Nigeria / Instagram

Winter Olympics 2018: All eyes on remarkable Nigerian women bobsleigh team

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African national rugby union coach Allister Coetzee looks on during a training session of the Springboks in Stellenbosch, South Africa, 31 May 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Analysis: The rugby problem runs deeper than merely having a poor coach in Allister Coetzee

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Kagiso Rabada of South Africa during the 2018 Sunfoil Test Series match between South Africa and India at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 24 January 2018 Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Cricket: South Africa’s #BlackExcellence smashing transformation myths

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Ottis Gibson, Coach of South Africa during the Sunfoil Test Series South Africa Press Conference and Training at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 2 January 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Five talking points as South Africa wraps up Centurion Test in style

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South Africa’s Sevens team leave the pitch after beating France during day 1 of the 2017 HSBC Cape Town Sevens at Cape Town Stadium on 9 December 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

2017 Daily Maverick Sports Team of The Year: The Blitzboks

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South Africa’s Caster Semenya celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the women’s 800m final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 13 August 2017. EPA/SRDJAN SUKI

2017 Daily Maverick Sports Person of the Year: Caster Semenya

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Werner Kok of South Africa (R) drives past to score a try against Japan during the HSBC 7s World Rugby Series held at the National Stadium in Singapore, 15 April 2017. Photo: EPA/WALLACE WOON

Magnificent Sevens: Seven talking points before the Cape Town Sevens

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Coach Allister Coetzee, during 2017 a Castle Lager Outgoing Tour Press Conference at Tsogo Sun Palazzo Hotel, Montecasino South Africa on 02 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Rugby in Crisis: It’s not just Allister Coetzee who should be subject to a performance review

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Xola Mlambo and Bongani Khumalo of Bidvest Wits during 2017 Telkom Knockout Bidvest Wits Training at Sturrock Park in Braamfontein South Africa on 28 November 2017. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

Reporter’s Weekend Sporting Notebook: Sangomas, kicks-to-the-face and looming player strikes

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Philip Snyman (R) of South Africa is congratulated by Branco du Preez (L) after scoring a try during the Cup Final of the Sydney 7s World Rugby Series in Sydney, Australia, 05 February 2017. EPA/PAUL MILLER AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Dubai Sevens: Analyse this – the dummies’ guide to the Blitzboks in the first round of the World Series

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Mihai Surdu (Unsplash)

MeToo: Early research hints at vulnerability of young South African athletes

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African rugby fans react with disappointment after it was announced that France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup during a public screening in Pretoria, South Africa, 15 November 2017. South Africa was the early favourite to host the worlds biggest rugby union tournament for the second time however France was chosen. Photo: EPA/Christiaan Kotze

Analysis: #RWC2023, money muscle and the transparency ruse

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Dominic Bird (C) of the All Blacks in action against French players Scott Spedding (R) and Vincent Rattez (L) during the rugby test match between France and New Zealand's All Blacks in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, France, 14 November 2017. Photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo /EPA-EFE.

#RWC2023: Shock move as France trumps South Africa as hosts

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Head coach Stuart Baxter during 2017 Bafana squad announcement at FNB Stadium auditorium on 20 September 2017 @Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix; Allister Coetzee, coach of South Africa during 2017 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour Press Conference at Tsogo Sun Palazzo Hotel, Montecasino South Africa on 02 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix; Ollie le Roux (Martin Dobey  via Flickr)

Reporter’s Weekend Sporting Notebook: Boks, Bafana and baffling Ollie le Roux

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South African fans show support for the 2023 World Cup bid during the 2017 Incoming Rugby Series between South Africa and France at Kings Park Stadium, Durban, on 17 June 2017.  Photo: Gavin Barker/(BackpagePix).

Rugby could learn from cricket: Could a rotation system help solve squabbles?

By Antoinette Muller
File Photo: South Africa 2023 World Cup hosting bid during the 2017 Incoming Rugby Series between South Africa and France at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, on 24 June 2017. Photo Gavin Barker/(BackpagePix)

#RWC2023: Squabble, squabble, toil and trouble – tensions rise from other bidders

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Eben Etzebeth (C) of the Springboks is tackled by Aaron Smith (R) of the All Blacks during the rugby test match between South Africa’s Springboks and New Zealand’s All Blacks at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 July 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

#SaveRugbyUnion: The radical proposal for new international club competition

By Antoinette Muller