With the presence of betting partners and sponsors in sport, it’s no surprise cricketers are still being targeted by bookies, writes GARY LEMKE.
Success doesn’t come overnight. By the same token, neither does failure. Six years ago the Proteas were the No 1-ranked Test team in the world. Now they are a long way off the ‘Big Three’. It’s the delayed effects of Kolpak and the player drain.
This Test was heavily loaded in favour of South Africa the moment they went past 250 in their first innings after inexplicably being put in to bat by England’s Joe Root at the toss.
Of all the new faces involved when it comes to 2020 after the annus horribilis that was South African cricket in 2019 the most important is going to be Jacques Kallis..
It might get worse before it gets better, writes Gary Lemke in his latest SA Cricket Magazine column.
Just like Herschelle Gibbs was awarded citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis for his 2007 World Cup heroics, Faf du Plessis could be given the freedom of Chennai following his hundred against Australia which had significant consequences for India, writes GARY LEMKE.
Thankfully, South African cricket fans don’t have to go full into full meltdown mode and burn their Proteas shirts in public because while victory over Sri Lanka was a matter of too little too late, it at least lifted some of the gloom around a poor World Cup campaign, writes GARY LEMKE.
Played seven, won one, the most embarrassing World Cup campaign in South Africa’s cricketing history. Protea Fire? More like Proteas Dire, writes GARY LEMKE.
Yet again South Africa were unable to get across the finishing line in a World Cup match when there was every chance of them being able to do so, writes GARY LEMKE.
Take the win and leave town was the plan and South Africa did what was needed, picking up their first win of the World Cup, by nine wickets against Afghanistan in Cardiff, writes GARY LEMKE.
Given that the game was a ‘must-win’ following three straight defeats, one assumes that the South African selectors picked their strongest available squad to take on the West Indies, writes GARY LEMKE.
Sometimes you just have to take it on the chin and say ‘we are not good enough’ to win the World Cup. That’s where South Africa are, after losing their third successive match, writes GARY LEMKE.
The ‘best bowling side in the competition’ gave their batsmen a World Cup record to chase for victory, which proved beyond them as they slumped to a second successive defeat, writes GARY LEMKE.
Brutal. Clinical. Bullied. Men against boys. Choose whatever reference you want but England showed why they are World Cup favourites when swatting aside South Africa in the opener at The Oval, writes GARY LEMKE.
South Africa will face strong competition in England, but they will work some Proteas magic, writes GRAEME POLLOCK.