Mills 'regrets' Faf outburst

2012-02-27 14:01

Johannesburg - The rancour created by New Zealand's verbal and physical attack against Faf du Plessis during last year's World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa would appear to be over.

Moments after Du Plessis was involved in the run out of AB de Villiers in Dhaka on March 25, the drinks break in the match saw Black Caps 12th man Kyle Mills launch into a vicious tirade against Du Plessis in an attempt to turn the match further towards the New Zealanders. Du Plessis responded in similar fashion and both players were fined and reprimanded as a result.

Fast bowler Mills admitted on Sunday in Napier, venue for the second ODI between the countries, that he wished the incident had never happened. Far from being the systematically planned "attack" which most believes it to be, Mills said it was a spontaneous moment - and one he wished had never taken place.

"That incident is one of the biggest regrets of my career. It was the combination of a lot of things, largely the emotion of it being my second World Cup and being injured for such a big game. There was a lot of frustration in me and it came out at a pretty embarrassing time.

"I apologised to Faf that evening - we were staying in the same hotel and I went to his room and said sorry. It didn't look good for me and I'm just sorry it happened.

"If there's one thing I could change in my career so far, it would be that moment."

Du Plessis said after his match-winning 66 from 49 balls in the first game of the three-match series that the moment was "gone and in the past".


  • Theprodigy - 2012-02-27 14:29

    well at least he had the balls to appologise

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-27 14:35

      Yup, so let us also leave it in the past..

      Nebul - 2012-02-27 15:13

      No thanks, Is it not a coincidence that the same pair just blasted them all over the park a few days ago? He should have done the public apology before the series started. Now that they know this team is going to whip them in their back yard, he now wants to look like an Angel. I'd rather lose to the Aussies than the Kiwis

      Cheslin White - 2012-02-27 16:11

      The black caps have taken a lekka beating in the current series to date despite their attempts to verbally intimidate the proteas. This AB De Villiers led team has a ruthless streak in them and long may it last. They should continue to pummel the kiwis and teach them the lesson that if you talk it up you need to back it up on the field of play.

  • paul.maarman - 2012-02-27 15:14

    "gone and in the past." - Good, but if it has sparked a fire in Faf, to take a liking to Black Caps bowling, who are we to judge!

  • Deon - 2012-02-27 15:32

    Let us hope the Proteas "bury" them tomorrow. Go Proteas!

      Deon - 2012-02-27 15:32

      Sorry Wednesday.

      mike.rockey - 2012-02-28 11:17

      tomorrow is Wednesday Deon. .

      Gerald - 2012-02-28 13:17

      @Mike.rockey. Deon posted this on Monday 27th.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-27 16:42

    During the last couple of T20s and the first ODI, I thought I saw some more 'verbal' from the Kiwis. I'm not so sure it was unintended then and definitely not now. Here's hoping our boys teach them some manners on the cricket pitch!

  • Ian - 2012-02-27 22:04


      ArchAngel - 2012-02-28 10:08

      With sheep: The old description: New Zealand (applies to Aus as well) : the land where the men are men, the women are also men, and the sheep are nervous." Kick their stinking Kiwi @$$3$!!! Go SA!!!

      paul.maarman - 2012-02-28 10:33

      ...inbreeding is allowed, but with sheep is frowned upon...

  • Dianne - 2012-02-28 08:22

    I can never understand why the guy who retaliates is also penalised. What was FAF supposed to do? Stand there like a gawp and not say anything. About time that the blame is laid squarely on the shoulders of the instigator! in rugby as well! Use technology to it's fullest extent to discover who started it ...

      David - 2012-02-28 12:29

      What if you slap me with an open hand and I retaliate with a full punch? Or 3 other guys retaliate on my behalf? The idea is to prevent escalation. Ja, ja, I know, perfect worlds... Faf's latest knock is by far the better form of retaliation.

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