• SA news roundup (Tues)

    The big news in South African cricket circles is the arrival of Dwayne Bravo, the Proteas pledge to get behind the Movember drive and Justin Kemp’s praise of Richard Levi.

    Bravo at Dolphins

    Less than an hour after landing in South Africa, West Indian ODI captain Dwayne Bravo was already talking about his eagerness to contribute to the Dolphins Ram Slam T20 Challenge campaign.

    ‘Its good to have had a safe flight and to finally be here,’ Bravo told the Dolphins official website.

    ‘Its been a while since I’ve come to South Africa; it’s a beautiful place to play cricket so making the decision to come here and be a part of this tournament and this team was an easy one for me!

    ‘This is my first time in the Slam so I’m looking forward to it and to having a good time with the Dolphins,’ he added.

    Having missed Sunday’s opener against the Highveld Lions in which fellow West Indian Chris Gayle turned in a match-winning performance, Bravo is looking forward to putting on a good display for the crowd in Wednesday’s clash with the Warriors.

    ‘I feel bad that I wasn’t able to play the first game to try and help my team.

    ‘Obviously playing against Chris [Gayle] would have been a great game for us; we always have a good rivalry between us but at the same time I’m here now and I look forward to the remainder of the tournament!

    ‘I’m looking forward to the game on Wednesday; I hope all the fans come out in their numbers and support the team.’

    Rolux and Cricket SA announce official Protea’s Mo Off

    As men around the world embark on their annual moustache growing adventure in aid of men’s health issues, this year, two South African cricketers as well as their bowling coach have taken up the Movember challenge ahead of their series against Australia.

    In an effort to help Change the Face of Men’s Health, Cricket South Africa and Rolux, as official partners, have launched the Rolux Cricket South Africa Mo Off which will include Protea’s cricketers, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, and bowling coach Allan Donald growing and grooming their Mo’s for the 30 days of Movember – ensuring that they will be going head-to-head with the Aussies on and off the field.

    ‘Movember is a fantastic initiative,’ says JP Duminy.

    ‘I’m taking part this year in an effort to create awareness, but more importantly, to get people talking about the dangers of and the measures they can take to help prevent prostate and testicular cancer. I probably don’t sport the best ‘Mo’ in the team, but I think I have an added incentive to give it a good crack this year. I see a few of the Aussie players will also be growing their Mo’s in support of the initiative so I guess it will be a fierce contest both on and off the field. May the best Mo win.’

    The members of the Australian camp who have pledged to grow a Mo are: Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch and Coach Darren Lehmann.

    Levi should be playing for SA – Kemp

    Former Proteas, Justin Kemp, believed that his Cape Cobras teammate is too good for the South African selectors to ignore.

    ‘He is a player who could and should be playing for South Africa in T20-Internationals and One Day Internationals,’ Kemp told the Cape Cobras website.

    ‘He can single-handedly win matches for you.

    ‘There is no doubt he has the eye and the skill to play at any level.

    ‘It has been well-documented that he has one or two technical issues. It is simple to sort those out. If he can do that, Richard can be a world-class player.

    ‘He has all the potential to be a world-class match-winner. There is just one person that can stop him from becoming that, and that’s Richard Levi,’ concluded Kemp.

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