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resort. It was magnificent. We were feted l
04-17-2018, 03:28 PM
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resort. It was magnificent. We were feted l
South Africas inability to reach the final of the tri-series in the Caribbean has once again reopened old debates over the teams inability to deliver under pressure. Both Damien Martyn, the former Australia batsman, and Ian Bishop, the former West Indies fast bowler, who commentated on the tournament, pointed to not getting the mental side of things right, while assessing South Africas performances for the television show Inside Edge.Theres great talent there but when it comes to these tournaments, its just not clicking, Martyn observed. Bishop agreed: I dont think its a skill thing. I just think its a mental thing, where something is blocking them in those pressure situations and that has to take some introspection.South Africa are no strangers to self-examination, but have been reluctant to using outside assistance. HD Ackerman, the former South Africa batsman who has worked with A teams, felt there was perhaps a case of the national team hiring a mental conditioning coach.The one member of coaching staff who fails to appear is a psychologist, he said. Everyone is saying there is something mentally not right. Lets not attribute that to this group of players because this is something South Africa have struggled with for a number of years. Maybe we need to appoint a full time guy who will say there are some issues here that need addressing.Ackerman also hinted that lack of confidence and certainty could be the biggest issue behind South Africas problems. Australias young players believe they belong there. Our young players are very unsure when they get into a national side, Ackerman observed. Do I belong here? Why am I here? Who wants me here? There are a lot of unanswered questions for those players rather than them thinking, I belong here. Thats what Australians believe - that they are good enough.Several board insiders have revealed that there is an underlying feeling of uneasiness as players struggle to understand how they fit into a system that has somewhat been thrown into a state of flux because of the countrys transformation policy.Last year, Cricket South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the countys sports ministry underlining its commitment to transformation, which meant an increase in the number of coloured players across all levels. In the 2015-16 summer, franchises increased their targets to six players of colour, of which at least three had to be black African. While the same policy wasnt outlined at the national level, at least one black African player has been fielded in most matches.Despite that, CSA along with three other federations were banned from bidding for or hosting major tournaments as sanction for the slow progress of transformation. The ministry explained that it expected 60% of national teams to be of colour, which in cricket translates to seven players in an XI. While CSA has not announced any additional targets at any level, it seems evident that they are applying them anyway.South Africa had eight players of colour in their squad of 15 for the tri-series in West Indies. All the players brought into the squad - Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso and Tabraiz Shamsi - were of colour, while those left out from the previous ODI squad - David Wiese, David Miller and Marchant de Lange - were not.Form and merit aside, those included had decent domestic numbers to justify their places and those excluded had been through unremarkable patches.At the domestic level, there has been major shuffling as franchises have looked to balance their squads. The national team is grappling with exactly the same issue. Its not a case of there not being enough players who are good enough - of colour or not - but it is a matter of making sure there are enough players to fulfill every role the team needs while still meeting targets. Its little wonder that with all that to think about, strategies and game plans appear only half-formed.For that reason under-fire coach Russell Domingo may have earned himself a little more time to manage the expectations put on him in both performance and transformation terms. As things stand, Domingo still has 10 months left on his contract and the backing of captain AB de Villiers, even as the public calls for his head.To a degree I agree with AB. Sometimes players need to take responsibility, it cant always be about coaching, Ackerman said, as he provided his idea of when South Africans will know Domingos time is up. Its so difficult for us to sit on the sidelines and say the head coach is at fault. We dont know the instructions that are being given to players within the dressing room and whether they are being followed.If the players arent doing what the coaches are suggesting it would mean that there is a communication breakdown or a relationship breakdown, then it is time to move on. But if its just about execution, then either improve or youve got to get new guys in. And one of those new guys may need to be a psychologist. Casey Cizikas Jersey . Michell Burger, a woman who lives on an estate next to Pistorius gated community, said she and her husband were awoken by the screams in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14 last year, when Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp by shooting four times through a door in his bathroom. Cal Clutterbuck Jersey . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. . 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New Zealand werent happy that it was given not out.I love playing Breakdown by Tom Petty with the Mike Whitney band. Weve just started playing it this year. Its got a couple of really good musical hooks.We played our first game at the 1992 World Cup in Auckland, and we just expected to win that game. But we lost. Martin Crowe got a hundred. It was one of those Martin Crowe innings where you just sat there and said, Can people bat better than this? It was just phenomenal to watch him manipulate the field and put the bad ball away.Id had a few nets with Steve Waugh and Greg Matthews at New South Wales, and Steve Rixon, our coach, was always throwing a few down. Those guys were always saying that if I couldnt get any runs, at least I should try and hold an end up so if a top-order player was batting with me at the end, I could do a job for him.It was a 1992 World Cup game against Pakistan in Perth. Bruce Reid and I were batting. We were nine down and needed 30 to win off three overs. Mushtaq Ahmed bowled a beautiful turning legspinner. There was a little nick on the pad. They appealed for a catch. Umpire gave me not out. Moin started calling me a cheat. You are cheating, Whitney. Cheating. I slapped Moin across the glove and the paper said that Id hit him. Some of the reports said Id actually hit him across the face. Wasim Akram ran in and said, If youre going to hit someone, hit me. I said, Dont take another step, because youll be next. Ill cop anything but dont call me a cheat.One time, a bloke tried to jump up on stage. The boys I play with are serious musos. Theres a hundred grands worth of equipment up there. I said, Dont get up on stage, we havent got insurance. He had a bit of a go. Puffed his chest out. Listen, mate. If you fall over on stage, youre going to sue us and then Ive got to sue the pub. And I dont want to do that. Thats probably the only drama Ive had in ten years.I love the way Kevin Pietersen goes about his game. I reckon hes a lot deeper than people think he is. The big moments are his theatre. And hes done that so many times. Hed have no problems getting up on stage and strapping a guitar on.I thought: how the *@!* had I managed to get myself down the strikers end for Hadlees last over? Thats the 1987 Boxing Day Test against New Zealand and Richard Hadlee. Faced the entire last over, one of the all-time greats. He couldnt get me out. And everyone could get me out, I only averaged 6 in Tests. I batted 18 balls in all to save the game.There arent enough characters in modern-day cricket. Social media is to blame for that. Players today are stifled. If they do anything funny on the ground, its not looked at like it was.I used to love watching Dennis Lillee take on Viv Richards. Viv with no helmet. Tipping his hat to DK. You knew another bouncer would come. And at the end of the game, theyd all be great mates. Theres a lot more money in the game now and its a very serious business. Theyre still having fun. But I think we had a little bit more fun, on and off the field.I still run into Hadlee every other year, usually when hes over in Australia. I wave, smile, and he drops his head, pretends he hasnt seen me.Australian cricketers are still tough, but players see each other so much that the rivalry doesnt seem to be as intense.If you went out for a drink with Ian Botham, you definitely had a drink, thats for sure. He loved a drink, a big cigar, loved going out.dddddddddddd. You could do that in those days. There was no social media, no iPhones.The match referee [for the match against Pakistan in Perth in 1992] was an ex high court judge. He had to come back to the ground and he was not happy. He asked me what had happened and I told him with a few expletives thrown in. He said: Stop swearing. I said, Well, you asked me what he said. He called me a f*****g cheat. Intikhab Alam, the Pakistan manager, was there with Moin. Ill have to speak for Moin, he told the referee. Moin doesnt speak very good English. I got fined. Moin got away with it.I was 22. Had played four first-class games for New South Wales, and was in England playing for Fleetwood Cricket Club in Lancashire. Gloucestershire called me down for a trial. Id played one Championship game for Gloucestershire and got called up to play for Australia when Rodney Hogg and Geoff Lawson got injured.Id like to see cricketers speak their mind in interviews. Theyre hamstrung by contractual agreements with boards. Cant criticise anything, really. You cant have people taking the game apart, but itd be nice to see them speak their mind on certain situations.I got 11 wickets against India in Perth in 1992. It was one of those days. Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Richard Hadlee, Jimmy Anderson - theyve had 50 of those days. But I had a couple and that was one of them. Everything was perfect. The ball was right in the slot, run-up felt right. I was swinging it in, jagging it away. Every bouncer I bowled was perfect. I go out in the bush when I can. Its hectic in Sydney with all the traffic. I like getting away from the noise.We didnt gain any momentum at the 1992 World Cup. There was so much expectation. Before we knew it, we were playing catch up.Andre Nel would make a great gladiator. [Whitney hosted the Australian version of the Gladiators TV show]. Youd dress him up in the gear, point him in the direction youd wanted him to charge in and say, Take him out.I was doing some commentary at the Indian Cricket League. Theres Moin coaching one of the sides. We kissed and made up.Sanjay Manjrekar was batting [in Perth]. I was walking back to my mark. I had this vision in my head that I was going to run in, pitch it on middle and off, run it across him and he was going to get a feather through to Ian Healy. And it happened. Next ball. Exactly as Id seen it in my head. UnbelievableAt a one-day game at the MCG, 1992-93, Desmond Haynes is batting and I hit him right in the box and he went down. Everybody laughs. Are you all right, Des? Yeah man, yeah man. I ran in the next ball. Straight in the box again. Des staggered five metres to the off side, pulled the box out. Merv Hughes picked up the box and flung it up in the air and it hit AB on the head. Allan looks down as if to say, where the **** has that come from? Des, in the meantime, is looking for the box. He sees AB with it, 20 metres away and starts going at him. AB, whatre you doing with my box? Give me my box back. And wheres Merv? Hes already jogged halfway back to the fence at fine leg, laughing at the whole situation.On the way back from the West Indies tour in 1991, we had to spend two weeks in Bermuda, because apparently, Bermuda voted for us to have the 1992 World Cup. Part of the deal was that wed play a couple of one-dayers against Bermuda. We stayed at Elbow beach resort. It was magnificent. We were feted like superstars. Bermuda is such a magnificent place. The water, the grounds were unreal. It was like the plane has crashed, were all dead and were in heaven.It was a wonderful moment to see our boys win here, 18 months ago, when the World Cup finally came back to Australia. Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Authentic Jerseys ' ' '
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