Proteas 'lose' their baggage

2012-12-06 08:38

Johannesburg - Members of the triumphant Proteas cricket team arrived at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg on Wednesday, without their baggage, reported Beeld newspaper.

In an additional bizarre incident, just after the players' cricket bags and luggage had eventually been tracked down, a man tried to run off with one of the trolleys containing a team member's bags, but was apprehended and arrested.

The Proteas flew back to South Africa in two groups after the third Test against Australia in Perth ended a day earlier than expected, in a South African victory by 309 runs.

Most of the players arrived home on Wednesday, but a smaller group, including players Alviro Petersen, Jacques Rudolph and Ryan McLaren, got back on Tuesday.

They waited in vain at the conveyor belt for more than 50 pieces of missing luggage.

Mohammed Moosajee, the Protea's team manager, said the problem probabaly stemmed from the fact that the flight from Australia was delayed by more than an hour.

SAA managed to track down the missing luggage after a long search, by which time many of the players had left to catch connecting flights.


  • neil.ross.5473 - 2012-12-06 08:47

    Who cares about the baggage. They left their "baggage" of chokers behind forever. Go Boys!!! Well done, No. 1's.

      onlinebaas - 2012-12-06 08:54

      Well said Neil!

      nadine.devilliers - 2012-12-06 10:17

      You are kidding right? We will see that in the next championship...

      zambezi.river - 2012-12-06 11:35

      @Nadine...........................................Boksburg Babe!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-12-06 15:50

      they always win tests, this is stuff nobody will care about :P lol

  • lara.simshandcock - 2012-12-06 08:50

    SAA are a joke - why do we even have a national airline? - USA does not have an national airline - just independent carriers

  • boksom.bende.9 - 2012-12-06 08:54

    Welcome back to good old SA. :)

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-12-06 08:57

    The delay on the Australian side had likely very little to do with the bags being lost at OT Tambo. They were 'tracked down' meaning that they had been on the plane, or were teleported from Australia at some other stage, after the plane had left. Truth is, OR Tambo is a haven of theft.

  • chiepner - 2012-12-06 09:06

    SAA - enough said.

  • hendrik.bruwer.3 - 2012-12-06 09:08

    is this news?

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-12-06 11:03

      In other just important news, my lightie said dada this morning, only thing is he said it to the dog.

  • allan.m.levitt - 2012-12-06 09:10

    Oh well. At least they did not LOSE a test nor the series. Well done Proteas, you have made us proud!

  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-12-06 09:17

    You still have that mace though right?

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-12-06 09:21

    HELLO! you are back in South Africa where theft is an every day occurrence and where people have NO respect for other peoples property. At least they caught,most probably released him already, with a trolley full of baggage.

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2012-12-06 09:57

      Any bets against he is from a country north of our borders?

  • siboniso.mkhatshwa - 2012-12-06 12:06

    Thought this article was about Rudolf and Tahir, until i read it

      Joe - 2012-12-06 13:34

      lol nice

  • sabiha.lockhat - 2012-12-06 13:27

    aah maybe Australian airport authorities checked in their luggage late to take revenge

  • rory.n.price - 2012-12-06 21:42

    Good to be home

  • steven.crofton - 2012-12-06 22:10

    Brilliant Proteas!!! Test cricket is still the ultimate test of cricket, and we're the best in the world. Chokers don't get to no.1 in the world in any form of the game, nor in any sport, nor in anything, so WELL DONE guys!! You're the best and anyone who's not cynical knows, respects and appreciates that. Flippin brilliant, okes.

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