AB de Villiers
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.
Michael Owen-Smith and Neil Manthorp presumably burned the midnight oil many times in providing their definitive list of the finest cricketers to have played for South Africa.
In what can only be described as a very dead rubber, SA faced a weakened Sri Lankan side in Columbo, where AB felt that losing 3-2 would be better than losing 4-1. Something I hadn’t thought of – well done, AB. Sri Lanka, with 3 Perera’s and as many changes, won the toss and chose to bat. Unfortunately AB’s side did go down 4-1. Good news is that AB did realise, at the interview, that they needed to improve
England and South Africa will hope lady luck does not desert them when they clash in the Champions Trophy semifinal at the Oval in London on Wednesday.
Wednesday 19 June @ 10:45 – Live on SuperSport 2
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo says the pressure will be on “chokers” South Africa in their decisive Champions Trophy game. The winners of the Group B match in Cardiff on Friday will secure a place in the semi-finals alongside India.
With the break in Super Rugby we might just as well suffer with the Proteas and see if Gary Kirsten did indeed teach them a way to win the bigger games, the ones that really counts.
AB de Villiers has pulled out of South Africa’s Twenty20 internationals at home against New Zealand in December, citing the need for extra rest before the Tests in January. Justin Ontong, the Cape Cobras captain, has been called into the squad.