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.
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 Proteas’ success under Ottis Gibson is clouding the local governing body’s continued dodgy corporate governance.
Making a spectacular Test debut with the ball for the Proteas is actually a bit of a poisoned chalice.
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.
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

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

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.

Mid-Week Reflections: Tertiary education stakeholders must focus on prospective students

It is not the students’ fault – let the powers that be and sharp minds find a sustainable solution. In the interim, let Azania’s children taste tertiary education.

Less cricket, more wine in wake of weather

It is one of those extraordinary factors in living a life of routine that when the unexpected inexplicably occurs, things tend to go somewhat pear-shaped and the conversation tends to drift into entirely unexpected areas.

We should celebrate this example of ballsy captaincy

Albie Morkel bucked the trend of being a conservative skipper in this week’s Ram Slam semi. This is why the Titans are ahead of everyone else.

Stretching competition into realms of insanity

The challenges organisers of endurance sports come up with never cease to amaze me.

Varsity Cup’s rubbish rules add no value to our slumping game

The student rugby tournament isn’t preparing young players for the “real world” at the top and also insults fans.

Ackers serves humble pie as Swys stutters

How many times over the last few years have we heard claims that Johan Ackermann might be the head coach of the Lions, but that his loyal assistant Swys de Bruin is the real brains behind the dizzy heights Joburg’s Pride have grown accustomed to?

Cheap political points a no-go for new Springbok coach

With Allister Coetzee reportedly in the firing line, Kings coach Deon Davids has emerged as his replacement. That would be unfair on him.

Always an afterburn in battle for the urn

Whether it’s on the actual playing surface or the sidelines, there is never a dull moment when Australia and England fight it out for cricket’s famous little Ashes urn.

The thought lingers: what about the Welsh?

Would whatever the Springbok brainstrust came up with, would it be enough to bewilder the Welsh?

Springboks need the 30-Test rule scrapped … immediately!

Saru’s intentions with the controversial regulation was noble but it ignores all the other structural weaknesses dragging local rugby down.

Part-time assistant coaches hurting Proteas and Boks’ brand

No one should doubt Brendan Venter and Dale Benkenstein’s credentials but their dual roles says much about our federations’ iffy clout.

When clinging to power outweighs the cause

I see our beleaguered Springbok coach has made it clear he wants to pick his strongest possible team for their Test against Italy on Saturday.


 


 

 


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