13.7.2019 06:40 pm
From Benoni to Lord’s, former Easterns and KwaZulu-Natal spinner Anthony Botha has had an interesting journey.
Economic realities of course mean that there are half-a-million South Africans working in Britain in all sorts of jobs, but for one expat in particular, Sunday will be a special day as he has been inside the inner circle of the England team as they prepare for Sunday’s World Cup final against New Zealand at Lord’s.
Veteran Imran Tahir has a simple theory, but it’s arguably the best one.
The Proteas’ canny spinner will bow out of ODI cricket against the Aussies this weekend.
The Aussie batsman seems to suggests that Faf du Plessis and co need to be bracketed with lowly teams like Afghanistan.
They are similar bowlers but Andile Phehlukwayo says he is in awe of the remarkable control Dwaine Pretorius brings to the attack following his man of the match bowling performance against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.
The next week will feel like forever for Faf and the men before they get on the plane home.
After being dropped from the World Cup side, his return against Sri Lanka was a match-winning one.
The bearded stalwart seems reluctant to imagine playing in the next World Cup though.
The captain praised his bowlers for closing down the Sri Lankan innings, which went from 67 for one in the 10th over to 203 all out 40 overs later.
While it was pleasing to see the Proteas finally meet expectations, it does not ease the pain of what has gone before.
Man of the Match Dwaine Pretorius finished with the outstanding figures of 3/25 from 10. This included a remarkable 46 dot balls.
While the Proteas have had a dismal time on the field and are hurting terribly, they have largely kept their inner turmoil to themselves.
However, Upton did not rule out throwing his own name into the hat should Ottis Gibson be shown the door.
He also made a point of making a heartfelt apology to South African fans for the Proteas’ World Cup failure.