August 25, 2012

South Africa in England 2012

Swiss adventure made the difference

Abhishek Mukherjee

South Africa's winning mentality allowed them to remain calm under pressure during the final session at Lord's to clinch the No.1 Test ranking. Neil Manthorp, writing in Mail and Guardian, says it was a result of the team's Switzerland adventure with Mike Horn.

For the Proteas, it was a pre-series training camp and team-building exercise with a difference, led by South African-born Swiss adventurer Mike Horn. Learning to breathe steadily and hold your nerve when something rather more important than a sports result is on the line can do wonders for your ability to stay calm under sporting pressure, such as that applied by England's lower batting order at Lord's on Monday when they briefly threatened to win an "unwinnable" game.

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