South African cricketers had a lot to say – comical, quirky, sarcastic and more – in 2014.
‘I don’t think eyes are going to be lighting up when Morne Morkel comes on. It’s going to be when the poor spinner comes on.’ – Robin Peterson recognises the plight of the slow bowlers during the Test series against Australia, February.
‘We are a strange cricket nation. If we win two or three games comfortably, people are accused of peaking at the wrong time, and if we win two close games, people say we are playing badly.’ – Russell Domingo recognises the fickle nature of the South African public during the World Twenty20, March.
‘It’s unrealistic to get your yorkers going bowling with a bar of soap.’ – Stuart Broad tries to excuse England’s loss to South Africa during the WT20, March.
‘I am starting to question whether I’m a cricketer or a model here.’ – Dale Steyn is kept busy during the Indian Premier League, April.
‘They must change that rule and give you another chance.’ – Faf du Plessis severely dislikes getting caught down the leg-side, July.
‘We’re definitely not predictable. You bowled two overs the other day.’ – Steyn, again, this time commenting to AB de Villiers, who was deployed with the ball against Zimbabwe, September.
‘It’s got nothing to do about “I’ll see you in the car park and we’ll beat the crap out of each other”.’ – More from Steyn, who doesn’t have any serious beef with Michael Clarke, November.
‘If he had to get out there, we wouldn’t have been able to keep the ball out of his hand.’ – team manager Mohammed Moosajee, after Allan Donald was almost used as a substitute fielder during the Test series opener against the West Indies, December.