Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer
Cape Town – More than 12 years on, former
Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener still thinks about the fateful World Cup 1999
semi-final mix-up with Allan Donald at Edgbaston “once a week”.
The often reserved Klusener produces
probably his most candid recollection of the tied match with Australia – though
the old enemy advanced to the final – in a new book available on Thursday.
Written by well-known broadcaster and
writer Neil Manthorp, “The Proteas: 20 Years, 20 Landmark Matches 1991-2011”
(Mercury publishers) overwhelmingly features triumphant moments in the national
team’s two decades of post-isolation activity.
But the Birmingham nail-biter, where Donald
was run out in a cruelly ill-timed misunderstanding with senior partner
Klusener one run short of a target of 214, could hardly be ignored.
And Klusener, now involved in television
commentary and an otherwise standout performer at that World Cup, says in the
book: “It was my job to get us over the line, not Allan’s.
“I’ve asked the questions a thousand times,
if not a million. Why did we run? Why didn’t I wait for the next ball? So many
‘what ifs’ and ‘buts’.
“I still think about it once a week. But
that’s sport, isn’t it? What happened, happened. It’s gone. I was impatient. I
just wanted to get it over and done.
“If I’d waited to the last two balls (potentially
remaining of the innings), maybe they would have been perfect yorkers, who
“It’s become a part of me and who I am.
I’ll be asked about it for the rest of my life and I’ll always have to say I’m