Morné doz(zzz)ed off

2011-03-15 06:15

Eduan Roos

Kolkata - Morné van Wyk didn't just appear to be asleep behind the stumps in South Africa’s thrilling victory over India last Saturday – he was!

Gallery: The Proteas win against Ireland

Blog: Are you Smithophants going to continue to bury your heads in the sand?

The Proteas wicketkeeper had a nightmare match, despite the Proteas dramatic win by three wickets in Nagpur.

Van Wyk dropped three catches – one of them off opening batsman Virender Sehwag when he was on four.

Sehwag went on to score 73 and shared in an opening partnership of 142 runs with Sachin Tendulkar. That partnership almost cost South Africa a chance of victory.

Van Wyk only contributed five runs to the South African scorecard as they chased 297 for victory, which Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis finally secured in the last over.

Proteas spokesperson Lerato Malekutu confirmed on Tuesday that Van Wyk had accidentally taken a sleeping pill shortly before the game.

“It sounds as if Morné confused the sleeping pill with a vitamin pill,” said Malekutu.

“By the time he realised his mistake, the match had almost started and he was struggling to stay awake.”

Fortunately, the 31-year-old from Bloemfontein did not suffer the same fate on Tuesday in South Africa’s penultimate group match against Ireland at Eden Gardens.

Thanks to his whirlwind innings of 42 and JP Duminy’s 99, South Africa were able to post a solid 272/7 in their allotted 50 overs.

Van Wyk then took four catches as the Proteas bowled out the Irish for just 141, giving them victory by 131 runs.

With the victory, the Proteas are now assured of a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament and currently also top Group B.

Proteas captain Graeme Smith said that it was a “huge relief” to qualify for the playoffs.

“The rest of the teams will be fighting hard this weekend to make it through and it’s fantastic for once not to have to worry about what may happen,” he said.

“We are not concerned about who we play in the quarter-finals as we'll have to win to advance, irrespective of who our opponent is.”

South Africa play Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday (05:30 SA time), after which a quarter-final eliminator against one of Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand or Sri Lanka awaits them.


  • Sedick - 2011-03-15 23:01

    What a dufus..........well at least they can't choke while asleep........

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-03-15 23:03

      And your point is

      BardofAvon - 2011-03-15 23:14

      ha ha...!!! very funny indeed...!!!

      BardofAvon - 2011-03-15 23:15

      ha ha...!!!!

      QuintS - 2011-03-16 15:22

      So we can beat the top teams ... in a world cup ... in our sleep. :)

  • BardofAvon - 2011-03-15 23:15

    maybe it was an antichoke?

  • Mari - 2011-03-15 23:31

    need to go to Spec savers!

  • saliem - 2011-03-15 23:42

    Eish... ROPMFSL... funny as...

  • Cameron - 2011-03-15 23:54

    Taking a sleeping pill while playing in the world cup - Classic! Morne van Wyk is a legend.

      Nkunzi - 2011-03-16 09:19

      He might develop into a great Proteas player, but at this stage he doesn't seem to be the brightest star in the sky ? Sleeping pill ? ..... hahahaha! Go Morne!

      Lawence - 2011-03-16 13:07

      My doctor said that some people use sleeping pills to calm themselves down. But still, a silly error, but funny too

      MervynMB - 2011-03-17 16:00

      He had to calm down before the match...?

  • scott - 2011-03-15 23:55

    LUCKY HE DIDNT TAKE A LITTLE BLUE PILL BY MISTAKE, that wouldv been much more embarrassing than dropping catches haha. atleast he 'rose to the occasion' against ireland.

      ALCAB - 2011-03-16 14:59


      CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-16 15:24

      Good thing he didnt take the blue pill cause then the game would have been even harder

  • Golden - 2011-03-16 00:19

    Why are our sportsmen permitted to take harmful drugs kike sleeping pills. And with all our nutritional experts and chefs that travel with the team why should they need to take multivitamins anyway?

      M - 2011-03-16 07:48

      Glad I am not the only one that finds it alarming that a supposedly fit sportman needs a) vitamin tablets and b) sleeping tablets. The later is the most alarming of all.

      John - 2011-03-16 08:24

      Everyone should be on a good multivitamin nowadays - foods are low in nutrition and the germs are a plenty

      spikemilliga - 2011-03-16 08:29

      are you guys daft or something? What does it matter if you are a professional sportsman? Vitamins are an additive to your diet to compensate for certain deficiencies or to boost your physical or mental energy. The same for protein. Are you going to say that rugby players should stop using protein and other legal supplements to make them better, stronger and more aware? Off course not. Just because they are pro’s doesn’t mean they do not need vitamins?! It was probably prescribed by the team doctor for all you know?! Considering the sleeping pills – think a bit guys – you are on a tour, keeping a tight schedule. What if you cannot sleep at night?! You can’t just sleep in the next morning. You NEED to get rest to perform the next day. Thus the sleeping pills to help them… It is as normal as having a cup of coffee…

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 08:39

      What if you can't fall asleep the night before a big game like SA vs India because you're too excited or quite nervous or maybe you're just having a problem sleeping. Wouldn't it make sense to take a sleeping pill then? As for the vitamins... huh? I don't think there's a single player in any of the national teams that don't take multi-vitamins. So if he mistook one of his vitamin tablets for a sleeping pill, it was silly, but there's nothing wrong with taking either. It's probably a good idea to keep them far apart, so you don't make silly mistakes like that.

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 09:13

      @ Bevan and Spikemilliga - couldnt have said it better myself!!!

      DeonL - 2011-03-16 09:42

      It is more harmfull to a persons body if you can not sleep! Nothing wrong with taking sleeping pills and vitamines!

      Tatunka - 2011-03-16 11:18

      Well at least the good news is he didnt take a laxative with his sleeping pill!! We are being fed a lot of crap from the supplement and vitamin corporations, even Tim Noakes research shows it and he maintains, the only reason that company's promote use of supplements and vitamins (specially for hydration) is that they sell more of the stuff and increase profits. Increase in performance is negligeable. Control over what is in the vitamins and supplements is also dodgy, no statutory body to test batches. How USN ever survived the whole Chilliboy/Bjorn Basson thing astounds me, I know I'll never use any of their products. He only has 2 shots, pull and cut (which he goes out to in almost every innings). He just cant hit anything in the "V", it's really worrying. Keeping isnt that hot either. We need someone to take over the gap Boucher left in the team, and as far as I can see, Morne just isnt that guy at the moment.

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 14:57

      @Tatunka: I don't think he has just 2 shots, but if that is the case, he has one more shot than Greame Smith at the moment :-)

      Benny66 - 2011-03-16 16:08

      Spikemilliga - you ar quite right. In fact the more strenuously you exercise the more your body needs certain nutrients to repair damaged cells; remove toxins buildup etc. ALL professional sports people take nutritional supplements (and NOT necessarily to artificially enhance performance!!)

  • Thomas - 2011-03-16 00:21

    A vitamin pill!! Taking a risk, ask Chilliboy and the Bok wing about taking pills!!!

  • Gerald - 2011-03-16 00:26

    That some funny shit!

  • B - 2011-03-16 01:23

    lol this is absolutely classic! what a legend..just for this, morne you should be allowed to stay in the team now,

  • Ascendo Tuum - 2011-03-16 04:43

    Obviously the same mistake Smith makes everytime he goes out to bat

      Flee - 2011-03-16 08:15

      WWaaahahaha... Smih has been thinking all this time "these vitamins the doc gave me are Kak... But hey at least I dont snore.... "LOL

      Gaelen de Klerk - 2011-03-16 09:54

      Hahaha True true.....

  • markings - 2011-03-16 04:54

    So there are no checks what the guys swallow before matches? This is just pure negligence from the management team.

      pauljansevan - 2011-03-16 08:26

      Boucher aint there so we know Kallis aint swallowing anything before the match

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 08:44

      No, I think it's all van Wyk's fault. He probably took it in his hotel room, before he met up with the team. That would normally be where you would take your vitamins.

      MojoRSA - 2011-03-16 08:55

      Hahahahahahaha @paul, I needed my early morning laugh!!

      Andrew - 2011-03-16 09:47

      Very valid point, with all the doping and teszting regimes one would think that the use of any form of pill was a closely monitored thing Bet he won't make that mistake again. If you look at some of the strike rates of our top order perhaps Morne was not the only one taking sleeping pills. Tee hee.

      markings - 2011-03-17 10:37

      Bevan, this is the world cup. One would think that a 'check, double-check and triple check' rule would apply to any medicine and food that is consumed. Not to do so is as neglinent as the whole team flying on the same plane. There are millions invested into sports teams, one would assume that some thought is applied as to how to protect such investments. Alas, it doesn't seem to be the case.

  • Harry - 2011-03-16 05:39

    Leave the guy alone man at least he tries,we all make mistakes,hes still a teenager in cricket hell catch up.Go proteas you did us proud

  • StevoCooper - 2011-03-16 05:57

    How the hell does a professional sportsman get confused with a sleeping pilland a vitamin, is the stuff all mixed into one jar???

      Tom - 2011-03-16 07:33

      This was another blunder from an incapable spokesman.

      Chezzius - 2011-03-16 08:55

      Exactly and I've never seen a vitamin pill as small as a sleeping pill before! My money's on the bookies....

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-03-16 05:58

    Smith said it was a huge relief to make it thru to the payoffs - no thanks to him.

      sannahan - 2011-03-16 07:15

      While you are negative, Smith is hailed by overseas journalists: Smith is fiercely uncompromising, disarmingly confident and unflinchingly aggressive. There is not a captain in the world who possesses his drive, motivational prowess and competitive spirit. Pipped by Vettori only in terms of tactical astuteness and acumen

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 07:57

      @ sannahan - Hear Hear - well stated!!!!

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 08:52

      @ sannahan and Ryanbrew: Is this what you observe with your own eyes or do you believe everything you read in the papers. I have been a long time supporter of Smith, but even I can't see a reason for him being in the team. I think it was stupid of him to announce he would relinquish the captaincy after the world cup. That may have put extra pressure on him to do something special so he can go out with a bang, which may be what's hindering his performances. Smith in form would be in my team any day as a batsman, but not as a captain.

      Gorilla - 2011-03-16 09:13

      Idiot. Did you watch the game? Smith was run out by his batting partner who said "yes yes yes" and then never ran. Learn something about the game before you make idiotic remarks. Smith is a legend.

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 09:26

      @ Brevan - you have to be blind to not have observed Smith's drive, motivation, competitive spirit etc (if I am not mistaken that is what sannahan is aluding too)... just look at the test against Aus when he broke his hand and he came out to bat, every Aussie supporter in the stands stood to applause him for his DRIVE, MOTIVATION and COMPETITIVE SPIRIT... however there are many chops here that take that for arrogance... if it is arrogance, then I am all for arrogance... As a Captain he has led the team well over the last few years, he started rockily as a young 23 year old, but has grown and developed since then... In answer to your question as to whether I believe everything I read in the papers, if I did, then I would probably believe the opposite, for years the papers and press have slated the man, ridiculed him and given a picture of him as an autocratic, dictatorial leader who sulks if he doesnt get his way... I do not see that side of him, no - I see someone with Drive, passion, and courage, someone who places his country before himself (batting while injured as an example, announcing his resignation as ODI captain so that CSA can devevlop a succession plan).

      Zooma Lema - 2011-03-16 14:21

      Yes and Ausies like to play with sheep.

      Brevan - 2011-03-17 09:01

      @Gorilla: If your response is aimed at me... wake up. We're talkign about a string of performances and everyone can see that he is struggling at the crease. when smith plays well, he often plays drives through the offside. When he struggles he tries to play almost everything through the leg side. he is struggling and he has been for a while now. how he got out was as a result of the pressure he created by not scoring. @Ryanbrew: That test against Australia was epic and it is what I like most about Smith... but he hasn't displayed that in years. Remember Duminy and AB were the stars of that serious. Duminy went through his bad patch got dropped and made his way back. Why is Smith beyond that? You have to acknowloedge when I player "deserves" to be dropped.

  • pabnel.nel - 2011-03-16 06:10

    That is just freekin cool, he is awesome - take a sleeping pill and play cricket - priceless. Some comments I must comment on, fellow South Africans, stop the negativity around our boys. I dont see you playing there. Give the cap a break, the best cricket players in the world goes through bad spots - relax people and support the guys...

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-16 06:11

    Looks like Smith has the same problem, all the time

      sannahan - 2011-03-16 07:20

      Well, while you want to nail Our Captain, overseas reporters and commentators have very high praise for him. Herewith one: Smith is fiercely uncompromising, disarmingly confident and unflinchingly aggressive. There is not a captain in the world who possesses his drive, motivational prowess and competitive spirit. Pipped by Vettori only in terms of tactical astuteness and acumen Btw, we beat India because Smith was very much AWAKE or did you miss the game?

      Picasso - 2011-03-16 07:37

      It is very easy to be a armchair coach/captain/ref, but things are not as simple on the field.

  • Allin - 2011-03-16 06:20

    K@K reporting! He didn't drop Sehwag - he didn't even try to catch the ball. I any case - he looks pretty vaak at the best of times.

      NV - 2011-03-16 08:06

      What about that last catch against Ireland?

      DeonL - 2011-03-16 09:45

      I agree with NV, he was more than Okay against Ireland, AB might have dropped a catch or 2 behind the stumps against Ireland as he is not a natural wk.

  • Susannomore - 2011-03-16 06:38

    Thank goodness (most) of the team was awake! Red Bull Morne.

  • JJVB - 2011-03-16 06:49

    It just amaze me every time that there are some people who think there is a price for the most common and negative comment to be posted! This wil go down in history as one of the stories to be told. Give the man a break he is a cricketer, no a professional pill swallower. It is human to make a mistake like this.

  • Maddi - 2011-03-16 06:59

    next time he should "mistake" viagra for his vitamin pill, then at least he'll be up and awake

  • Ruffstuff - 2011-03-16 07:03

    @ ebdg3000 It is thanks to Graeme Smith that we are into the quarter-finals - it is his leadership that brings the team through - I say let you big mouth stand out there in the middle rallying you team and still trying to concentrate on your batting. This last time out when he was run out was not his fault - it was sleepy van Wyk's fault he called for the run then sent Smith back - but alas he could not get back into his crease. Stop slating Graeme Smith - with him at the helm we are considered one of the best teams in the world. Other teams are always wary of South Africa when they are to face us. Well done Portia’s - Well done the whole team and just to say, Morne really made up his blunder when he batted and kept wicket against Ireland

      Ruffstuff - 2011-03-16 07:06

      Last line should read : Well done Protea's - Well done the whole team and just say, Morne really made up his blunder when he batted and whilst he kept wicket against Ireland.

      shocked - 2011-03-16 07:14

      Tell you what, why dont you write a letter to Biff and tell him how great he is and that you would like to go on a man date with him. Sure Biff will love that! He is an arrogant twat, we have had better captians in the past!

      sannahan - 2011-03-16 07:32

      Spot on, Ruffstuff! I believe that @shocked prefers not watching Our games at the CWC, seeing that he has a problem with Smith. I don't know Smith in person [maybe he would not be my cup of tea], but I try to focus on what I see and sense when the Proteas play. He is doing an excellent job! Previous captains? Maybe, but different times, different personnel, different opposing sides...

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 08:05

      @Shocked - why dont you close your negative trap... people like you only want to see the negative things, and if you cant, you find some way to see them... this article was about a slip up by MVW, yet you and several other MORONS find a way of blaming it on Smith, or find some way of blaming him because of your biast opinions... how do you know he is a twat, have you ever actually met him... he may have started badly as a young man, but now is well respected worldwide... even the great Shane Warne has changed his tune WRT to Graeme after playing with him at Rajastan... Time for all of you to get on board and support OUR TEAM... HE IS OUR CAPTAIN... THEY ARE OUR BOYS!!!! If we win this WC everyone of you SMith and Protea Bashers will celebrate with the rest of us real/ true supporters, yet you have not supported along the way, it would clearly be an incredible double standard on your part (we saw the same thing and the same comments during the RWC in 2007)

      shocked - 2011-03-16 10:51

      @Ryanbrew, why dont you blow it out your @ss! He is a twat and that is my opinion, if you love him great for you i dont bang on about you supporting a tosser! Actually yes i have, doubt he has changes that much, easy to put up a show! If we win i will eat my humble pie, Smith however will still be a tosser! Our cricket team is a bunch of over paid money grabbers!

      Ruffstuff - 2011-03-16 12:38

      @shocked. You better remain shocked - because you sound like an arrogant twat - I do not have to write a letter to tell him how good he is - many and I many of us know how good he is. Now go back to your electric plug and get shocked again. Twit.

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 15:45

      @shocked, then why bother following our cricketers, if they are overpaid money grabbers, and they are captained by a bunch of tossers?? If you dislike them so much, why do you even bother reading the aricles, watching the games and commenting on sites.... they obviously dont interest you, and you obviously are not proud to a South African, cause all you can do is find fault and complain... If we win, we win, if we lose, we lose, but win or lose I WILL SUPPORT OUR BOYS!!!! My Blood is GREEN!!! (with maybe a little gold here and there) BTW our cricket team is not even close to being the highest paid team in the world, they only come 5th, behind: 1. Aus 2. Eng 3. India (India might be the richest cricketing nation, but they do not pay their team the most) 4. West Indies (yup the useless windies earn more than our boys) 5. SA And when compared to soccer or Rugby, their salaries are not very high at all!! Jaques Kallis get $950000 for the IPL, for 6 weeks work, and he only gets it once a year. Wayne Rooney gets that amount of money every week, whether he plays or not!!! Match fees paid to Rugby players and their annual salaries far outstrips that of cricketers!

  • Shorts1 - 2011-03-16 07:07

    Perhaps the entire Protea team made a similar mistake just before their recent Group A against England

  • Rob - 2011-03-16 07:07

    Where is Bouch???????????????

  • Sanity_Check - 2011-03-16 07:11

    They must think up a better excuse for almost costing us the game....looks like they all had a heavy night before the match. Kallis, Morkel, etc, etc. Smith said they all suffered from a stomach bug..I wonder why.

      Beanz on Toast - 2011-03-16 20:35

      Clearly never been to India. I have twice, and got a tummy big, twice ......

  • kevin - 2011-03-16 07:18

    boucher NEVER made such an idiotic mistake even when HE was a laaitie , no excuses morne vra jou ma om jou te help volgende keer !

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 08:58

      Bouch has been doing the same thing while wide awake for the last few year and everything the comentators blame it on his shoulder injury. Give Morne' a break! Boucher is where he belongs, with the Warriors!

  • jennifer.woker - 2011-03-16 07:19

    To be honest I think this story is BS.... I'm almost certain there will be some form of a banded substance in a sleeping pill and I can guarantee that there is someone monitoring everything these guys put in their mouths. This competition is WAY too important to make a silly mistake like this. Correct me if I'm wrong but if you get caught with band substances in your system you can get band from your sport for up to two years!!!! This is a lame cover up and an insult to South African intelligence.

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 09:02

      Sportsmen take sleeping pills all the time... the excitement or nerves get to them all the time before big games. So instead of having a restless night and be all sleepy on the field, theay take a pill for a good nights rest. They should just not have the pill in the morning. PS: I also thought the story was a little fishy, but it makes no sense to lie about something like this because it would've just been a player having a bad game. I think it's more embarrasing actually saying you took a sleeping pill before a game.

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 09:32

      @ jenifer.woker - while there are sleeping tablets with banned substances in, there are many herbal sleeping tablets that are perfectly legal sportmen to take. If this was really a coverup as you suggest, it was a stupid cover up, why coverup something that has not been questioned yet by the ICC or WADA... as Brevan said, it is actually more embarrassing for them to admit that he made a mistake like this... We should not jump to conclusions and start conspiracy theories without evidence to back up what we have to say! All we know at present is, he took a sleeping tablet at the wrong time of day by mistake... that's it

      spikemilliga - 2011-03-16 09:40

      Jennifer...what are you doing out of the kitchen?

      adeklerk - 2011-03-16 11:38

      personally, i partake in band substances all the time - why, only last night i was snacking on a snare drum

      roboman1 - 2011-03-16 15:35

      I agree with you J.Woker, aptly named for someone commenting on a sleeping tablet. Sportsman should not take a panado without checking with the team medical people. This is highly suspect. (And they definitely need to take whatever Smith is taking away from him in a hurry

  • kevin - 2011-03-16 07:22

    i agree jw

  • Andrew - 2011-03-16 07:27

    I Have never heard of that excuse before. Ha ha. and Against engalnd what did he drink them? He was also useless in that game. Yesterday he was dropped twice before making 40. He is slow poison for the proteas. Get back boucher

  • Met Uysh! - 2011-03-16 07:44

    So he can acutally say he can beat the Indians in his sleep!

  • brianR - 2011-03-16 07:45

    Guys, Guys... This is how it went down: Morne: "AB, I could keep wicket in my sleep.." AB: "You wanna bet?" By the looks of things Kallis lost that bet to AB too

      BrettPresent - 2011-03-16 07:53

      :-> damn funny brianR!

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 09:03

      Classic! I love it!

  • Alwyn - 2011-03-16 07:48

    AAAH at least now i know what was going on with Habana the past two years he made the same mistake,,,,,,,,,,,,,,To get back to cricket,Smith and Kallis must get their act together,they can not become another Kepler and Hudson, they cost us in 1992 at the World cup,

  • Deon - 2011-03-16 07:51

    Spot on Thomas,but van Wyk is not suppose to be behind the stumps. FACT. Boucher is the man and he can play spinners as well

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 09:05

      Boucher WAS the man, before his shoulder injury! Now he doesn't go for some catches that she should be taking.

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 09:33

      if you really want to look at a gloveman you would have to look at Darren Smit from the Dolphins, he is regarded as the best gloveman in SA today!

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 11:52

      @ Ryanbrew: Possibly. I don't have a problem with selecting him. I definately think we need a specialist keeper in test matches. AB still makes mistakes that a regular keeper doesn't and he is our best fielder as well.

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 15:48

      @Brevan, I agree with you WRT AB. We do need a specialist, Smit is a fantastic glove man, a decent batsman and not a half bad leggie either, before Tahir joined the Dolphins he would regular take the pads off for a couple of overs, and inevitably took a few wickets.

      Brevan - 2011-03-17 09:08

      They won't use Smit as a bowler at national level unless there is a dire need for it, but I would be happy with him as the gloveman. I'm not too impressed with Heino Kuhn, but seeing that they have him in the mix, maybe he should be given a run. I just think Boucher's time is gone.

  • Intercept - 2011-03-16 07:52

    Now you really expect us to believe that he accidently took a sleeping pill...this does not do him any credit in a time where he is closely being watched by the SA public. Come on, surely they could have chosen a better excuse. How simple do you think us SA public are to believe such nonsense. If the guy fell asleep, then say he fell asleep...

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  • rianadk - 2011-03-16 08:05

    What I dont get, is why they let him play?

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 09:06

      My thoughts exactly. Why did the team management let him play.

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 09:12

      If the team announcements had already been made to the match referee, they cannot change it, unless there is an injury!

  • Wovenivy - 2011-03-16 08:05

    Hmmmm, sounds like there's more to this story. How can a professional team have random pill-poppers in its midst. Sounds like he needs one of those plastic pill separators with the different compartments like old people use to not confuse their meds...

  • caleb69 - 2011-03-16 08:06

    What about the captain, the only thing keeping him awake is chewing gum

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-16 08:11

    ICC check this man out for dope, hey like Gibbs

  • Vivisector - 2011-03-16 08:16

    no, wonder... any intelligent being will fall asleep as there is nothing in cricket to keep you awake... endless boredom... hours of nothingness

      Brevan - 2011-03-16 09:08

      No one is forcing you to watch it!

      mariomobster - 2011-03-17 01:55

      Thats only bcause u dont know whats happening

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-16 08:22

    WTF????????????? I have never.....Not good enough.

  • Mo' - 2011-03-16 08:32

    @Sannahan; i didn't realise cricket was a popularity contest! excuse us for assuming, a captain is supposed to lead by example, those traits you just listed notwithstanding. I don;t understand why do we have to have intelligent conversations around his lack of form!

  • Ben - 2011-03-16 08:41

    I was keen on some new blood, but now i miss Boucher. Van Wyk's timing and shot selection is retarded at best. More so than his keeping.

  • Kubes - 2011-03-16 08:44

    What a load of crock, CSA excuses to cover up cos Bouch was'nt selected .

  • MICKEY MOUSE - 2011-03-16 08:55

    Come to think of it, he was nowhere to be seen when the guys were celebrating. Maybe he only got the result on Sunday....... LMAO

      Tom - 2011-03-16 13:39

      That was funny

  • Jonty - 2011-03-16 09:25

    Well, I guess that just proves one thing........... That the Proteas can beat India in their sleep!!!!!

      Ryanbrew - 2011-03-16 09:34

      Ha ha ha - good one!

  • Darkie_Ekasi - 2011-03-16 09:34

    Morne van "Wake" feeling asleep, never!

      ALCAB - 2011-03-16 15:14

      Morne van Wykle

  • Anthony - 2011-03-16 09:41

    I think not selecting Boucher will come back to haunt them.There is no way that Van Wyk is a better keeper than Boucher.Boucher as a cricketer is a much better player in all departments.

  • Totman - 2011-03-16 10:15

    Come on, there is a big difference between a sleeping pill and a vitamin pill. Give him a blue one and he can lift the bails with "that", or he can be a threat to the batsman who will, on his turn, not to be found comfortable in front of the

  • Derik Muller - 2011-03-16 10:21

    Well that explain allot! Much better performance yesterday!