March 15, 2009

South African cricket

Rainbow nation shines after revolution

Peter English

Peter Roebuck, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, likes what he sees in South Africa’s line-up for the third Test against Australia in Cape Town. Four of the top six batsmen will be non-white, which Roebuck calls a “remarkable achievement”.

And it has been effected without a bloody revolution. The rise of the current crop confirms that the game is rising in all groupings - only the English have fallen back, largely because many South Africans have moved to England or Perth. It'll take more than a few bombs in Mumbai and Lahore to defeat cricket's cosmopolitan ideal.

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