Mandela letter inspires Ntini

2009-12-18 12:53

Centurion - Inspired by a personal note from former president Nelson Mandela, fast bowler Makhaya Ntini struck an early blow for South Africa on the third day of the first Test against England at SuperSport Park on Friday.

On a pitch of variable bounce, England struggled to 143 for three at lunch, still 275 behind South Africa's first innings total of 418.

Ntini bowled England captain Andrew Strauss for 46 in the sixth over of the day with a ball which shot through low and hit the off stump as Strauss played back. Earlier in the over one ball kept low and shaved the off stump while another lifted sharply.

In contrast to the previous evening, when England hurried to 88 for one at almost four runs an over, the tourists found scoring difficult against disciplined bowling, with some balls keeping alarmingly low, particularly from the southern Hennops River end.

Only 55 runs were added in 27 overs during the morning for the loss of Strauss and Jonathan Trott, who was bowled for 28 when he lost patience and charged down the pitch to left-arm spinner Pasul Harris.

Shortly before play, former rural herd boy Ntini received a letter from Mandela congratulating him on playing in his 100th Test match.

Mandela wrote: "What you have achieved goes beyond the number of matches you played; you have demonstrated, especially to the youth of our country, that everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."

Kevin Pietersen was on 29 not out at lunch, including one of a handful of aggressive strokes when he hit a full toss from Harris over midwicket for six.


  • StuartW - 2009-12-18 12:57

    Go Makkie, show them you should still play another 100 tests.....

  • Nicholas E Schori - 2009-12-18 13:34

    Makhaya Ntini is a South African Sporting Legend! His achievemnts speak for itself. Well done Makkie!

  • Patrick - 2009-12-18 13:52

    Nice one Makkie. Just a thought 4 update every 10 minutes hardly qualifies as a LIVE cricket scoreboard!!! Are your guys guzzling the free beer for Makhaya's wicket?

  • THE MAN - 2009-12-18 13:57

    ah good now i can make another movie with mandela including ntini about cricket.

  • Lily White - 2009-12-18 14:09

    My 2 favorite men in the same header... it's christmas. Sadly I don't think this bowling attack can take 20 wickets. We are sorely missing Steyn, who with a new ball can easily take 2-3 wickets early on. But rooting for Goerge. Go for 14!

  • dave in Cape Town - 2009-12-18 14:44

    Thanks Madiba for your continued inspiration.....go for it Ntini

  • Makopo - 2009-12-18 15:52

    We proud of you Makhaya!!

  • Mvelo - 2009-12-18 16:40

    Hhe mfondini uqhube ngolohlobo ungathyafi! You are an inspiration to me and a lot of people I know who have lived a hard-knock life, but were inspired by that to do great things. I thank you Mr Ntini.

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  • marco - 2009-12-18 17:55

    Ntini should go or retire if you will.I watched him today and he looks decidedly ordinary to say the least.I'm sure there are plenty of young new talent available to CSA to still hang on to him and hope fr the best. No offense to the boy but his time is up in my humble opinion and give some young fresh blood like say Wayne Parnell a chance at test level.You've reached the 100 test match milestone which is brilliant well done and now move on please 'cause you don't do it for the team anymore.2 for 70 odd runs indicates that you past your best mate.You've done allright over the years but you've got to packed it in.

  • Observation, and well done Ntini. - 2009-12-18 21:37

    Madiba still speaks and takes note, haven't heard from him for years. I thought he was too old to be bothered about things at present, obviously not. Not a word all these years about crime, farm murders, corruption,theft of tax payers money,hijacking,rape,etc,etc.but he has time to praise and comment on Ntini. Well done Ntini.

  • Sipho - 2009-12-18 21:39

    Well done!

  • eschel louw - 2009-12-19 08:51

    Go makkie you make us proud you bowled magnificently well!!

  • Collitjies - 2009-12-19 09:45

    Apart from Makhya Ntini who is still playing there are a number of retired cricketers who also deserve such recognition. Take for instance Jonti Rhodes, Fanie deVilliers, Allan Donald, Patrick Symcox, Andre Nel (groot bek) and Garry Kirsten to name but a few.

  • Sir Thabo - 2009-12-21 10:58

    I will be the first person to criticize Sir Makhaya Ntini and some of our black cricket administrators. I am over the moon that you have achieved your milestone. But I have question ?????? How come Makhaya has played 100 test and no other ethnic black persons has not played more then ten test. Does this mean that cricket development has failed for over millions of south Africans. What is the meaning of development, to get a hand full of cricketers to play first class cricket without being given a fair chance and a long run in the team. We all know why Loots Bosman has not being selected in the ODI matches. Mickey and Mike Proctor have issued with him. Why not give him a long run and invest in him like they did AB. Makhaya I challenge you to make sure that before u retire or forced into retirement to make sure that the other ethnic black cricketers are given a chance. Or Makhaya would you say that u are the only one who has been good enough for the past 13 years or so and no one else could have played. I know u will be angry at me but I am allowed to ask the burning question. And Mr Majola has failed us dismally. As the cricket boss of RSA what is doing to find the Next 5 Makhaya Ntini’s. How nice to have 50% ethnic black players in the team. Maybe we will stop being chokers.

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