Past and present Proteas unite
Kleinmond - More than 70 of South Africa’s past and present capped cricketers spent the day together at the Arabella Golf Course here on Wednesday. The players, starting from the first capped player since unity, enjoyed a round of golf, while sharing stories of their cricketing days and secrets of the trade.
The day was initiated by Proteas coach, Gary Kirsten, with the purpose of sparking up connections between the past and the present while celebrating this unique sport.
“I think this was an opportunity for the current crop of players to spend some time with some of the world’s best players and to learn from their depth of knowledge and experience,” remarked Kirsten.
“It was a fantastic day, some of the players in the squad have yet to make their International debuts and I’m sure spending time with some of their childhood heroes would have been inspiring.”
The playing field spanned many generations but it was pleasing to see the camaraderie on the field. Old and young, established and new, much fun was had by everyone who attended.
“It was brilliant day,” commented Highveld Lions quickie Craig Alexander. “I had Lance Klusener in my four-ball and it was good spending time with a cricketer who I grew up admiring.”
Andrew Hudson was in a four-ball with Peter Kirsten, Rudi Steyn and young Rilee Rossouw, an exciting group of specialist batsmen in their respective eras.
“The golf didn’t go too well but it was fantastic to spend the day with the gents. It was also especially interesting to spend more time with Rilee and to get to know him better and how his mind operates,” said the CSA Convenor of Selectors.
Even though he didn’t participate in the golf, Makhaya Ntini had an enjoyable day with some of his ex team-mates. “Playing for your country is a special honour and it’s great to be here with the few guys that have shared that special achievement. There are some guys that I have not seen in years so it has been great to catch up with everyone,” said Ntini.
Earlier, the Proteas spent the morning on a scenic mountain bike on the third day of their camp in Hermanus. The squad has been put through their paces via fitness tests and trail runs during the week, which has not focused on cricket specifics.