December 9, 2008

Lost in transit

Andrew McGlashan

South Africa don't have much time to tune up ahead of their Test series against Australia and had to make a late change to their practice schedule the day after arriving in Perth.

Their kit hadn't landed with them from Johannesburg, so they had to switch to take the afternoon slot at the WACA while bats, pads and helmets made their way across the Indian Ocean.

"A message from media liaison officer Michael Owen-Smith arrived just a day after the South Africans landed in Australia, to say they had to change their practice plans today due to “unforeseen circumstances”, reported Business Day. "Closer examination of that suitably inscrutable phrase revealed that the South African team’s luggage had been delayed back in Johannesburg."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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