November 20, 2011

South African cricket

South Africa's 'new toys'

Nikita Bastian

South Africa’s cricketers have some “new toys”, to quote Dale Steyn. He was not referring to the new Call of Duty, but to Cricket South Africa’s hyperbaric chamber. These contraptions help a person acclimatise to altitude by improving the oxygen supply to the blood. So they come in quite handy at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, where the ongoing Test is taking place at nearly 1700 metres above sea level.

South Africa’s cricketers, especially the fast bowlers, have been using the machine as an aid to recovery. Vernon Philander was spotted in the chamber, which is in a gym at the Wanderers, during a lunch break, while Steyn tweeted a photograph of himself being treated after play on the third day.

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