In the grand manner of feast or famine reporting and supporting, the Proteas have become the champions-elect of the Cricket World Cup, which is good. Seems a lifetime ago since that loss to Pakistan and even longer to the hammering by India.
South Africa did to Sri Lanka what India did to them – they played the perfect match.
The day after they had won their first knockout match in the seven World Cups they have played in, the Proteas scattered all over Sydney in search of surf, sales and solitude.Some went to the beach, Morne Morkel fancied some surfing, others went shopping.
Dale Steyn and David Miller seem to have taken on the role of class jokers. The bowler posted a video on Instagram of Miller walking into an Apple store, approaching an unsuspecting Faf du Plessis.
Just before we steadied ourselves to launch off the start ramp for the prologue of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic at Meerendal, my partner, Jack Stroucken, gave me some last bits of advice: “Don’t fall off the ramp.”
Oh. I hadn’t thought about that. I hadn’t given it the slightest notion. Hell. The prologue was live on the telly. I’d only had the bike I was going to ride for 10 days after it landed in the country to supplier KTM later than I thought it would. It was tall for me. They don’t really make 29ers for small people, they didn’t think of that in the design of the most popular wheel size for the Epic.
When a tree explodes in a fire, it makes a popping noise that is softer on the ear than you might expect, but heavy on the nerves. When a pine tree, thick with gum and hand grenade cones burns fast, it shoots a flame metres into the air as it is consumed in less than a minute.
On Tuesday, at a welcoming function for the media at the Cape Town Cycle Tour at Klein Constantia, we stood by a dam and watched as the boundary of the farm was threatened by the fires that scorched the peninsula.Wild fire jumps and moves at frightening speed, seeking to sate its hunger. It is a living, growing thing, a beast that takes on personality and character.