Ashwell Prince’s Cape Town Blitz followed a superb strategy throughout the MSL league season and produced some dazzling cricket, but they fell short in the final, writes SIMON LEWIS.
Superstar batsman AB de Villiers believes that his Tshwane Spartans might have enough to be top contenders for the Mzansi Super League tournament set to start next Friday, 16 November.
Fan favourite AB de Villiers can’t wait to take to the field for the Tshwane Spartans and is looking forward to playing his part in feeding the city’s hunger for sporting success.
AB de Villiers refused a request to hold off announcing his retirement and declined an invitation to discuss the issue, said Cricket South Africa’s acting CEO, Thabang Moroe.
The popularity of AB de Villiers throughout the world is reflected in the ESPN World Fame list just issued, in which he is ranked 99; the only South African to make the list.
AB de Villiers’ 69 underpinned a Royal Challengers total which withstood a desperate attack from Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson to win by 14 runs.
Australia’s bowlers are planning to change tactics in targeting AB de Villiers, the standout batsman of the series.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes the ‘go-slow’ session by Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla in the second Test was the perfect innings.
AB de Villiers rescued a series that was in danger of being spoiled by animosity and crass behaviour with a match-winning hundred at St George’s Park.
AB de Villiers, who came in for much criticism when he took a sabbatical from Test cricket last year, now feels he is in the form of his life.
Quinton de Kock has been named in both the ICC Test team and the One-Day outfit for 2017.
Kagiso Rabada, aged just 22 and having played just 24 Tests, has risen to No 1 in the ICC Test rankings following the first Test against India at Newlands.
Dean Elgar, after an excellent 2017, would open the batting with David Warner in an official Cricket Australia Test dream team.
AB de Villiers will captain the Proteas in their day-night Test against Zimbabwe, starting on Tuesday in Port Elizabeth, after Faf du Plessis was ruled out because of a viral infection.
Whatever the merits of the Dolphins being in the Ram Slam final, the Titans justifiably regard them as a clear and present danger.