For cricket’s sanity, the Aussies can’t become w(a)ussies

The supposedly heartwarming scenes we saw at the Wanderers can’t be repeated in the coming months.

In these politically correct times, it's hardly surprising that many people are so entranced by the Australian cricket team's metamorphosis since the ball-tampering scandal.

For cricket’s sanity, the Aussies can’t become w(a)ussies
For cricket’s sanity, the Aussies can’t become w(a)ussies

For cricket’s sanity, the Aussies can’t become w(a)ussies

The supposedly heartwarming scenes we saw at the Wanderers can’t be repeated in the coming months.

Why the Bulls could become even better than the Lions

Why the Bulls could become even better than the Lions

There are real similarities between the two neighbours and their missions to become the best. But the Bulls have one distinct advantage…
Far beyond the bounds of ‘hard but fair’

Far beyond the bounds of ‘hard but fair’

Despite his bluster and know-all attitude about anything in the sporting cosmos, the Arithmetically Challenged Golfer has a strong ethos of upholding the inherent ideal of fairness in any contest which involves antagonists.
Rugby beyond him but he’s still a patriot

Rugby beyond him but he’s still a patriot

The Incomprehensible One duly settles to watch what was for him a fairly confused tableau at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome as Scotland lined up against the Italians.
KG’s brew shouldn’t be watered down

KG’s brew shouldn’t be watered down

When the water isn’t that hot, you’ll still get beer at the end of the day, but it will be watered down and taste like crap. This effect is exactly what I fear for when it comes to Kagiso Rabada.
Aussies knew how to get under KG’s skin

Aussies knew how to get under KG’s skin

The Aussies have accomplished what they said they would.
Little-known Saru presidential candidate could stir the pot

Little-known Saru presidential candidate could stir the pot

Andre May, president of the Leopards, is going to take on serial politician Mark Alexander. It’s a David vs Goliath scenario but what if he wins?
Rassie must look at lessons from history

Rassie must look at lessons from history

The former Free State hooker is by anyone’s definition, deeply imbued with the ethos of rugby union – anyone who has bled buckets to serve the game at the sharp end of the scrum takes that as a given, part of the ebb and flow.
Forget about Bathabile … where is Bantu Holomisa?

Forget about Bathabile … where is Bantu Holomisa?

Now is the time to add my two cents and it has actually nothing to do with the people who made the cut, but rather with one in particular who didn’t.
Lions blackout is baffling and deeply unfair too

Lions blackout is baffling and deeply unfair too

The darlings of South African rugby have inexplicably gone laager mentality before Saturday’s derby against the Bulls.
Are boardroom shenanigans finally reaching the Proteas too?

Are boardroom shenanigans finally reaching the Proteas too?

Our national cricketers have generally shrugged off Cricket South Africa’s antics in the past. That might be changing.
Nowhere to hide from these verbal bouncers

Nowhere to hide from these verbal bouncers

It has become something of an in-joke; simply sneak up behind Mike the Mechanic, whisper the word “Proteas” in his ear and you can literally watch the steam coming from his ears.
Winter Games chills the fires of passion

Winter Games chills the fires of passion

The problem with being a self-confessed sports fanatic is the emotional baggage it comes with.
Why is Dean Elgar ignored in this Proteas time of crisis?

Why is Dean Elgar ignored in this Proteas time of crisis?

The Test opener averages 42 in white-ball cricket domestically but it’s a mystery why the national selectors still consider him a specialist.
Wanted, a Tasmanian Devil for Proteas team

Wanted, a Tasmanian Devil for Proteas team

There was, if truth be told, no hint of the doom and despondency which was to follow less than a day later as the sun above the cricket oval crept ever closer to the trimmed fringes of the outfield and the braai coals glowed.
An open letter to the ICC and their peckish umpires

An open letter to the ICC and their peckish umpires

Seriously, what is all the fuss about being inflexible about the lunch break in the 2nd ODI between the Proteas and India?
Allister Coetzee shattered much of my view on him

Allister Coetzee shattered much of my view on him

Saru’s murky labour practices aside, the embattled Springbok coach’s lack of accountability reflects really badly on him.
Comedy of errors at Wanderers not funny

Comedy of errors at Wanderers not funny

There has been a lot a finger-pointing at the Wanderers pitch over the last week, with the surface misbehaving badly during the third Test between the Proteas and India.
The Special One puts cricket’s failures to rest

The Special One puts cricket’s failures to rest

It had, the Incomprehensible Scot, privately admitted, something of a personal trial as, having duly bowed the knee to the democratic process, he uncomprehendingly trudged his way through four days of a less-than-sparkling cricket Test against India at the Wanderers before the Proteas finally crumbled.
The poster that shows embattled CSA isn’t walking the talk

The poster that shows embattled CSA isn’t walking the talk

The Proteas’ success under Ottis Gibson is clouding the local governing body’s continued dodgy corporate governance.
Lungi, records are meant to be broken

Lungi, records are meant to be broken

Making a spectacular Test debut with the ball for the Proteas is actually a bit of a poisoned chalice.
Local battle for foreign honours doesn’t add up

Local battle for foreign honours doesn’t add up

It was, from the very moment that the Arithmetically-challenged Golfer – a legend in his own mind regarding all sporting matters – first opened his mouth to provide an opening statement, evident that this would be a long afternoon.
Contrasting cases of two soccer coaches

Contrasting cases of two soccer coaches

The reaction to the way two of Mzansi’s biggest football clubs go about their business have over the past week were in such stark contrast that you can hardly believe they compete in the same league.
BBC lands cheap political shots in praising Kagiso Rabada

BBC lands cheap political shots in praising Kagiso Rabada

Cricket South Africa is hardly a paragon of perfection but calling them ‘untransformed’ is a tad unfair, maybe even ignorant.
The wear and tear of the constant Kohli Show

The wear and tear of the constant Kohli Show

On the letters page of this newspaper, readers constantly air their grievances with the amount of repeats aired by Mzansi’s premier pay television provider DStv.

 

 

 

 

 

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