Thursday, July 31, 2008

South Africans hoping fate smiles this time round at Edgbaston

This article is illuminating not least in that it shows how small things - potentially - have life changing impacts further down the road for not one, but many people.
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Cricket is a game that is hugely influenced by people's mindsets, whether through rational causes or rank superstition.

From the viewpoint of many South Africans, the ground is the scene of the most painful reverse they can recall, when Lance Klusener and Allan Donald somehow contrived to eliminate South Africa from the World Cup in that painful climax to their World Cup semi-final against Australia in 1999.

Brutal It was a brutal moment, shared by captain Hansie Cronje and coach Bob Woolmer who are other names to conjure with.

Cronje's future may well have been different if South Africa had lifted the World Cup, while that match was effectively Woolmer's last hurrah as a great coach on the international scene before he died mysteriously in the West Indies last year.
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