The first time Sir Viv Richards batted as high as No3 in ODI cricket he came to the crease in only the second over.
Inside the last three months, the ICC has suspended 10 spin bowlers for suspect actions. It’s a farcical situation.
Staring up from the cover of the book of ‘The 25 greatest South African cricketers of all time’ are 16 faces in black and white and nine in colour. This book, The Selected, was written by two of the country’s most respected cricket journalists in 2007.
It’s not easy to form an absolute opinion from outside the boundary ropes, let alone 10 000km away, but Ashwell Prince is involved in one of the most sensitive cricket disciplinary issues imaginable.
First it was Quinton de Kock who reached 1 000 ODI runs in the same number of innings (21) as Sir Viv Richards, Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott and now Imran Tahir has also leapt to the top of an exclusive ODI list.
Just as we were sitting bolt upright digesting the best-ever Test debut performance by a South African spinner, we are reminded of the fact that it will be another four months before we get to see the world’s No1-ranked team in action again.
Being at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014 reminds me of when cricket was a medal sport. Back in 1998, in Kuala Lumpur. What a golden moment it was too, with South Africa winning the final, against Australia.
Albie Morkel and Imraan Khan both made their Test debuts for South Africa against Australia at Newlands, from 19-22 March 2009. Neither played another Test.
The biggest debate involving Proteas selectors, coach and captain Hashim Amla will be about the new skipper himself.
Ever since Hashim Amla threw his wide-brimmed hat into the ring, to succeed Graeme Smith as Proteas Test captain, the outcome was expected.