Mourinho reveals he’s a fried egg king as he helps feed families in crisis

first_img5JOSE MOURINHO is happy just being a ‘specialist in fried eggs’ right now.Tottenham’s boss has a new-found perspective after helping feed the most needy during the coronavirus crisis.5 Jose Mourinho has been delivering food for the most vulnerableCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 The Spurs boss revealed how proud he is of the clubCredit: Getty Images – Getty⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesMourinho was stunned as he stood in the tunnel at the club’s £1billion home after doing his rounds picking fruit and veg and dropping it to the stadium’s distribution point.Dressing rooms were being used for counselling sessions while pregnant women had check-ups in the referee’s room and TV interview areas.Mourinho, 57, said: “I can’t believe it. It’s strange, emotional.“You walk into the tunnel and dressing room and try to visualise what a normal day is. Then you see an incredible hospital facility.“I feel so proud of the club. Any supporter that knows ten per cent of what the club is doing, it would be enough for anyone to be proud and non-Tottenham supporters to be grateful.”Mourinho’s new daily routine consists of training his players via video and helping with food deliveries for Haringey Council.Earlier in his career, total isolation would have been no problem for a man once capable of starting a fight in an empty room.I’m the fried egg specialist. We try to make cooking simple.Jose MourinhoBut he is calmer while locked down with goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos, tactical analyst Ricardo Formosinho and Tottenham’s head of first-team performance Carlos Lalin in a rented house.Mourinho, who famously called old rival Arsene Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’, revealed: “I’m the fried egg specialist. We try to make cooking simple.“We don’t have our families but we are big friends. We work a lot and time flies.“I miss football but I try not to be selfish — just balanced and human.“I prefer to say I miss our world — football is part of that. But we have to be patient and fight our fight. I prefer to wait for better days.“I’m so sorry for families destroyed by bad news.”Mourinho appeared a world away from the figure whose frustrations were reaching boiling point before the pandemic, as his squad was ravaged by injuries.Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn have all recovered since Spurs’ last game — a 3-0 European loss to RB Leipzig on March 10.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeal5 Mourinho has been playing his part to help those during the coronavirus crisisCredit: Getty Images – Gettymost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’5Spurs stars returned to their Enfield training base for workouts this week.And Mourinho added: “It’s a positive feeling for the boys to smell grass again.“For them, it’s many, many weeks of injury.“We have to wait for the right permission for them to train again in groups to see if they can come back to a normal competition level.”Spurs boss Jose Mourinho helps put together care packages in Enfield to help out coronavirus relief effortslast_img read more

Taxi driver slapped with rape charge

first_imgA taxi driver who reportedly had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl was on Monday slapped with a rape charge and taken to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The 37-year-old Sebastian Hanichand, of Lot 91 New Road, Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge read to him by city Magistrate Judy Latchman.The charge against him stated that between December 1 and December 31, 2017 at the Georgetown Seawall, he engaged in sexual penetration with a girl under the age of 16.The matter came to the forefront when the mother of the teen reportedly saw a date, October 10th, marked on her calendar with a note which stated, “day I lost my virginity”.As such, after questioning the teen, the mother was told that Hanichand took her to the Seawall where he had sex with her.The teen and the father of two reportedly developed a friendship, exchanged phone numbers and he took her to school on several occasions.Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves had no objections to bail, and Hanichand was granted $150,000 bail. He will return to Court on July 5, 2018.last_img read more

“Be Courageous” – Jehovah’s Witnesses convention for this weekend

first_imgThe Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Annual Convention is all set for this weekend at the Leonora Track and Field Stadium on the West Coast of Demerara, and will see thousands of persons gathering for three days of discussions and presentations.According to Elders Anthony Nobrega and Joshua Dorris, the event kicks off on July 27 under the theme “Be Courageous”, and will conclude on July 29.The three-day programme consists of 54 presentations that will include talks, audio dramas, interviews, and short videos. A highlight of the convention programme will be the public Bible discourse: “The Resurrection Hope Imparts Courage – How”, scheduled for the morning of July 29; while a feature film titledFlashback: Witnesses from Lethem, Region Nine, at a previous convention“The Story of Jonah—A Lesson in Courage and Mercy”, will be shown in the afternoon.Each day the programme commences at 09:20h, and admission is free.Elder Nobrega, during an interview with <>, said the convention is an annual event held across the world with the same theme. He noted that the theme “Be courageous” is an appropriate one, and comes at a time when Guyana needs the courage to fight the societal ills.“It’s a very appropriate theme, because we live in a world where there are so many distressing problems; problems of all sorts that people are encountering and have to cope with. So the convention programme is designed to help those attending to develop this godly quality of courage, so that they can cope with the many distressing situations and problems of today’s world. It will also give them a hope for the future,” he said. Dorris said they would have interpreters speaking Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish, along with sign language for those with hearing disabilities.He stressed that the two highlights of the convention would occur on Sunday in the form of the public talk and feature film. He noted that there would be time for persons to network and seek clarity on the issues bothering them. Additionally, he said, the convention would seek to engage youths through the use of various technological platforms.last_img read more

Where you can win 10K this week – Moose FM

first_img**Prize not exactly as shown This could be yours if you land on there City Furniture logo’s.  If you land on the three City Furniture logo’s, you’ll be invited to our grand prize giveaway on September 9th at the New Frontier. There you could win any one of our four secondary prizes.**Prize not exactly as shownWin a Boat Trail Blaz’n Power will set you up with a new boat from Mercury Marine.  The boat will be a 10 foot inflatable one that will include everything you need to get out and enjoy the water.  Package is valued at $5,000.This could be yours if you land on there Trail Blaz’n Power logo’s.  If you land on the three Trail Blaz’n Power logo’s, you’ll be invited to our grand prize giveaway on September 9th at the New Frontier. There you could win any one of our four secondary prizes.Advertisement Listen to Moose FM all summer long and we’ll tell you the next place you can play the Petron Communications Slot Machine.  The machine will be a different locations all summer long and each and every time its a different location you get a chance to win.- Advertisement -Every spin of the Slot Machine pays off, if you land on the $10,000 USD, you’ll win that instantly. If you land on one of the four second grand prizes, you and a guest will be invited a big party at the New Frontier on September 9th at 8pm, where four people will walk way with those prizes (the secondary prize details are listed below).The week of August 23rd, you can play at the following placesTuesday – 1p to 3p – Petron Communications, 5p to 7p Jackfish DundeesWednesday – 1p to 3p – Isabelle’s Boutique, 5p to 7p Quality InnThursday – 2:30p-4:30p – Fines Organic and Natural FoodsFriday – 4:30p-6:30p – M&M MeatsSaturday – 4p-6p – Uptown GrillFind out where you can play next by checking out the Spin to Win calendar.  You can only play once per on location with the Petron Communications Slot Machine.   Check out all the prizes that you could win this year……Here is what you could win this summerAdvertisement Win $10,000 CashPetron Communications will give you the chance at $10,000 cash. Land on the three Petron Communications logo’s and you’ll instantly win $10,000.Win a Living Room Set City Furniture will give you the ultimate living room.  You could win 50″ Panasonic TV, Surround Sound System, TV wall mount and an 8 piece living room set that includes a sofa, love seat, coffee table, 2 end tables, area rug and 2 lamps.  Packaged is valued at $6,500.Advertisement  Win 1 of 2 Golf Packages Lakepoint Golf and Country Club will set you up with one of two great golf packages.  Package one includes a set of Nike Irons and Woods plus lessons from Lakepoint Golf and Country Club.  The second package includes a full set of Cleveland Irons and a 2011 membership at Lakepoint.  Both prizes packages are valued at $2,500 This could be yours if you land on there Lakepoint Golf Club logo’s.  If you land on the three Lakepoint Golf Club logo’s, you’ll be invited to our grand prize giveaway on September 9th at the New Frontier. There you could win any one of our four secondary prizes.**Prize not exactly as shownAdvertisement  Win every time you playEvery time we show up around Fort St. John with the Petron Communications Slot Machine, you’ll win a prize from one of our sponsors.  It’s that simple….get out and play and you never know what you could win.In total we have over $40,000 in prizes to giveaway.last_img read more

Lone gunman attacks, shoots businesswoman at DHB Mall

first_imgA businesswoman is now hospitalised after she was shot to her leg by a lone gunman during a robbery at the Harbour Bridge Mall, Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara (EBD). Nelia Singh, 42, of Diamond Housing Scheme, EBD, operates a business at the Harbour Bridge Mall and on the morning in question, she turned up to open as per normal.However, Police stated that at approximately 10:05h, she was confronted by the lone gunman who was standing in front of the mall. He reportedly held onto the woman’s handbag but the woman put up a fight. In retaliation, the man discharged a round, hitting the woman to her lower right leg and relieved her of the hand bag.After committing the act, the bandit escaped leaving the woman on the ground as she bled from her leg. She was picked up by public-spirited citizens who took her to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was admitted.Her condition is regarded as stable. The Police were called in and are presently reviewing CCTV footage with the hope of identifying the man.last_img read more

Russians, foreigners seek love at World Cup

first_imgOtelo said he hopes his “exotic factor” will help him “find love” in the Russian capital.“We don’t know what to do between matches, so we thought we could try to get to know the Russian people better,” he said.The Argentinians are flicking through selfies on their phones of Russian girls posing on the popular dating app Tinder.“There’s a lot of competition because of the number of men who have come to Russia for the World Cup,” Otelo said.“And very few girls speak English or Spanish.”But the language barrier has not stopped Russians and thousands of foreign football fans from mixing on the streets of Moscow, despite conflicting messages to Russia’s female population from politicians.On the eve of the World Cup, Communist lawmaker Tamara Pletneva warned Russian women that flings with visiting football fans could leave them raising children “of another race” alone.“We should be giving birth to our own children,” said Pletneva, who leads the lower house of parliament’s family, women and children committee.The Kremlin said World Cup romances are personal choices © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVAnother Russian MP, Mikhail Degtyaryov from the ultra-nationalist LDPR party, took the opposite view.“The more love stories we have connected to the World Cup… the more children are born, the better,” he said.The Kremlin said World Cup romances are personal choices.“Russian women can probably manage their own affairs. They are the best women in the world,” Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.– ‘Like holiday romances’ –One 25-year-old woman, who gave her name as Maria S., said she had been “impatiently” waiting for the World Cup because it “multiplies opportunities to meet with foreigners.”“That is probably its main advantage,” said the brunette, who took English classes ahead of the games.Her friend, Lyubov, who speaks three languages aside from Russian fluently, called the World Cup an “asset”.“Usually I have two dates a week and now I have four. I have to say no to some,” the young woman said, delighted.Neither of the two friends has any illusions about the fact that their dates will return to their home countries when the World Cup ends.“It’s a bit like holiday romances, except that we will stay here,” regrets Lyubov.Aside from her romantic endeavours, Maria has tasked herself with another mission: to “change Russia’s image.”“Tourists come here with cliches in their heads. I think they expect to see easy women dressed provocatively. I would like to change this cliche,” the arts student said.In May, the Argentinian Football Association published a manual offering tips on “how to get lucky with a Russian girl.” It was widely condemned as sexist and the federation’s head later apologised for it.– ‘Flirt zone’ –Moscow’s World Cup fan zone, built on the doorstep of the city’s iconic main university, has become a “flirt zone,” joked the free Russian paper Metro.When a Brazil fan kissed the paper’s young correspondent on the cheek, it said, his compatriot joked: “It’s OK: he wants you in his bed like everyone else.”For older Russians, such romances are reminiscent of other major international events in Moscow, such as the 1980 Olympic Games hosted by the USSR during the Cold War.Pletneva, the Communist lawmaker, said the Games were followed by an uptick of births of mixed race children which she called “a sad example.”Yelena, 51, remembers the 1985 International Youth Festival in Moscow, when she fell in love with Giorgos, a young Greek man.“We were 19, we spent three days together and then he left. We wrote to each other for several months: I had to ask my friend to translate his letters from English. Then we stopped,” she remembers.“Today there are new technologies, it’s not the USSR anymore and it is easy to travel,” she said.“The young people who meet each other at the World Cup can stay together.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Moscow’s World Cup fan zone, built on the doorstep of the city’s iconic main university, has become a “flirt zone,” joked the free Russian paper Metro © AFP/File / Maxim ZMEYEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 19 – During an afternoon at a Moscow park, Argentina fan Augustin Otelo is counting not the number of goals his team has scored in the World Cup but the number of phone numbers he has collected from Russian girls.“Four!” boasts the 26-year-old engineer dressed in his country’s blue and white stripes as he competes with his friends to see who can get the most phone numbers.last_img read more

Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_img0Shares000020th Premier League goal for Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 28 – Manchester City remain just a point ahead of Liverpool at the top with two games of the Premier League season to go as both were victorious again this weekend.By contrast, the pack of four chasing behind them for Champions League football failed to muster a single win between them once more, whilst at the bottom of the table Cardiff edged closer to relegation. Here, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the Premier League:Liverpool’s Golden boot battleMohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both scored twice as Liverpool cruised past Huddersfield 5-0 at Anfield on Friday to move the Reds temporarily back on top of the table and edge ahead in the race for the Golden Boot.Salah, last season’s winner, holds a slender lead with 21 Premier League goals to Mane’s 20.However, it was Mane and not the Egyptian who made it into the PFA’s player of the year this week.Salah has now scored more goals (69) in his first 100 games for the club than any other player in Liverpool’s history and Jurgen Klopp believes backing up his incredible 44-goal debut campaign with another stellar season is an even bigger achievement.“It’s such an important season for him,” said Klopp. “After a flying season in which nearly every shot was a goal, then being assessed by everyone, is it just a one-season thing?Mohamed Salah celebrates the fifth goal against Huddersfield © AFP / Oli SCARFF“Keeping that level (the next season) is an even bigger achievement than scoring 40 goals last season, which was already an incredible achievement.”‘Legend’ Aguero hits 20 againSergio Aguero moved level with Mane as his winner at Burnley ensured the Argentine has now scored 20 goals in five consecutive league seasons — the first player to do so since Thierry Henry.“He is a legend; he does that all the time, score important goals for us,” said City boss Pep Guardiola. “He is an incredible player.”City are now just two wins away from a fourth title in eight seasons.Aguero, whose memorable stoppage time goal against QPR in 2012 started that run, remains as important to City’s challenge now as he was then.Tiring top four contenders falterFor the second consecutive weekend, none of the contenders for the final two Champions League places behind City and Liverpool won.Tottenham were first to falter in a 1-0 defeat at home to West Ham.Ten-man Arsenal were thrashed 3-0 at Leicester before Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw.Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal are all still involved in European semi-finals this week, while United were also playing their seventh game in April, and tiredness is catching up on all four.“The stress and the fatigue arrived. We are competing with circumstances that are not the best,” said Spurs boss Pochettino.De Gea decision to makeBlunder: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea © AFP / Paul ELLISOle Gunnar Solskjaer insisted before his side’s “must-win” clash with Chelsea that he would not consider dropping David de Gea as the Spaniard’s years of excellent service outweighed a recent bad run.However, Solskjaer’s loyalty may have cost United Champions League football next season as De Gea was at fault once more for Chelsea’s equaliser at Old Trafford.The Norwegian must now not only decide whether to reconsider that call for United’s last two games of the season, but whether the time has come to cash in on De Gea come the summer.United’s player of the year for four of the past five seasons has just one year left on his contract and is holding out for a new deal on a par with the huge contract given to Alexis Sanchez last January.Sanchez has done little to justify his wages in the past 16 months and rewarding De Gea on current form with a similar pay packet is a huge risk.Warnock wonders what could have beenCardiff manager Neil Warnock lamented the tragic loss of Emiliano Sala after his misfiring side slipped closer to relegation.Warnock’s side were beaten 1-0 at Fulham to leave them four points from safety and with a much inferior goal difference to 17th-placed Brighton with only two games remaining.Cardiff’s perilous position is largely due to their toothless forward line according to Warnock, who bemoaned Sala’s death in a plane crash before he had even played a game for the Bluebirds following his January transfer from Nantes.“It was a great finish and I can’t complain about that. That’s the Premier League for you,” Warnock said of Ryan Babel’s late winner for Fulham.“You get what you pay for. For me it brings home the Emiliano Sala tragedy. I thought he could have got us 10 goals. It’s been blow after blow for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

THOUSANDS OF FANS MAY BOYCOTT DONEGAL GAME BECAUSE OF CONTINUED HIGH TICKET PRICES

first_imgThere are fears that thousands of Donegal fans will vote with their feet and stay away from Breffni Park today for the Ulster Championship game against Cavan because of the high cost of tickets.There was uproar for the county’s opening game against Antrim after covered stand tickets were priced at a hefty €27.But despite appeals for a price reduction, entrance to today’s game is again €27 and an equally wallet-busting €25 for an uncovered terrace ticket. A family of two parents and three children can expect to pay more than €100 as well as travelling expenses and food for today’s game.However county chairman PJ McGowan claimed that Ulster ticket prices are actually cheaper than other provinces.“It is €30 in other provinces,” he told the Donegal County Board Committee meeting in Ballybofey.However many club delegates argued that this did still not make the high cost of tickets correct. Delegates from across the county voiced their concern that genuine fans simply not afford to travel to games.Fanad Gaels delegate Fiona Shields said she knew for a fact that there was simply no demand for the €27 tickets for today’s game.And former County Treasurer Grace Boyle said that Donegal’s crippling unemployment crisis made it a very special case.“Go to Letterkenny any Wednesday morning and see the volume of people queuing up to sign on. We are in a special situation here and the other eight counties in Ulster are not in the same position,” she said.Ends THOUSANDS OF FANS MAY BOYCOTT DONEGAL GAME BECAUSE OF CONTINUED HIGH TICKET PRICES was last modified: June 12th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why Klay Thompson as Warriors’ sideline reporter makes perfect sense

first_imgClick here if can’t view the gallery in mobile device.Can Klay Thompson really do anything to surprise us anymore? We should have known the injured Warriors star would figure out a way to get back on the court this season, even if it’s just to go from sidelined to sideline reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area Wednesday night.Yes, the man affectionately dubbed “China Klay” and “Game 6 Klay” will take on a new alter ego: Correspondent Klay.Although Thompson does have a nose for news, it also …last_img

South African cricket in 2013

first_img17 December 2013South Africa continued to rule the roost in test cricket in 2013 and they did so emphatically. The Proteas also recorded their 100th test victory since the Rainbow Nation was readmitted to international cricket in 1992 after 22 years of isolation.The Proteas’ test record abroad has not come close to being matched in recent years, but given the opportunity to play in front of their own fans at home early in the year, they turned up the heat on New Zealand and Pakistan and both teams wilted under the pressure.Imperious performancesWith a series of imperious performances, they won every test played in South Africa, dominating both touring teams in victories that included some outstanding individual performances.New Zealand suffered two innings defeats in a two-test series mismatch, with the first test ending on the third day and the second test on the fourth day. Pakistan were beaten by an innings, by four wickets and by 211 runs.Both teams were dismissed for less than 50 in the first innings of the first tests against the Proteas, making it three times in just over a year that South Africa’s opposition had failed to reach that mark, following Australia’s dismal 47 all out at Newlands in November 2011.Lowest score in 39 yearsNew Zealand’s 45 all out at Newlands was the lowest test score in 39 years. Vernon Philander knocked over 5 for 7, Morne Morkel picked up 3 for 14, and Dale Steyn 2 for 18.At The Wanderers, Pakistan managed only 49 all out, their lowest ever test total, as Dale Steyn captured an eye-catching 6 for 8. Only Vernon Philander, with his 5 for 7 against New Zealand, had conceded fewer run in taking a five-for for South Africa in test history.Other players starred too: Kyle Abbott, playing in his debut test in Centurion, took an astonishing 7 for 29, as Pakistan fell for 156 in their first innings of the third test. They never recovered as South Africa claimed victory by an innings and 18 runs.Robin Petersen picked up the man of the match award in the second test win by scoring 84 in South Africa’s first innings to go with five wickets in the match.BattingOn the batting front, the usual suspects, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, made their mark. Nobody played more than two innings against New Zealand, but Dean Elgar, Amla, Faf du Plessis and Alviro Petersen all scored centuries.De Villiers scored two centuries and averaged 88 against the Pakistanis, while Amla missed out on a century, but still averaged 71.50.In the latter half of the year, after Russell Domingo took over the coaching reins from Gary Kirsten, and more than six months without any international action, the Proteas suffered a surprising seven-wicket loss to Pakistan in the UAE, but having found their feet again the South African team was ruthless in levelling the series by thrashing Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in the second test – their fourth win by an innings in seven tests in 2013.This time around, it was Imran Tahir, on his recall to the side, who made a difference, snaring 5 for 32 as Pakistan managed only 99 all out in their first innings.Double centuryGraeme Smith, returning from ankle surgery, then made 234, his fourth test double- century and moved past Inzamam ul-Haq, Javed Miandad and Graham Gooch on the list of all-time test run scorers to over 9 000 runs, good for 12th place on the list.Smith and AB de Villiers, who made 164, shared a partnership of 338 runs to help the Proteas to 517 all out. There was no coming back from a 418 run deficit for Pakistan and South Africa went on to another one-sided victory.The Proteas’ dominance of test cricket was reflected in the International Cricket Council’s test rankings, with a very healthy gap between South Africa and the other nations at the top of the standings. South Africa’s dominance of the individual rankings also stood out.Number one and number twoDale Steyn, the number one ranked test bowler in the world since 2008, continued to shine and maintained his number one position with more than 900 points, putting him among the highest ranked bowlers of all time. Vernon Philander occupied second place in the rankings, narrowly behind Steyn on 899 points, just two points down on his career-high.AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla were ranked one and two in the batting rankings, with De Villiers reaching a career-best 909 points and Amla on 898, not far off his high of 907.With Morne Morkel in 13th place among bowlers, Graeme Smith at eight and Jacques Kallis at 13th among batsmen, the Proteas displayed far greater elite depth than any other test playing nation.Test Team of the YearIt thus came as little surprise when Steyn, Philander, De Villiers and Amla were named in the ICC’s Test Team of the Year in early December. Steyn was named in the team for a sixth time in succession, while it was De Villiers’ fifth time running in the team, Amla’s fourth, and the second in a row for Philander. De Villiers and Amla also cracked the nod in the ICC’s ODI team of the Year.Amla starred at the South African Cricket Awards where he was named the CSA Cricketer of the Year, the Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year and the South African Fan’s Player of the Year. He also received the KFC “So Good” award for his unbeaten 311 against England in 2012One-day internationalsWhile the Proteas shone in tests, their form in one-day internationals was less impressive. After brushing New Zealand aside in the test series, the Black Caps scored a shock 2-1 series victory in the ODIs.Pakistan pushed South Africa all the way in a five-match series before being edged 3-2.Later in the year, in the UAE, the Proteas appeared to have found their way, beating the Pakistanis 4-1, but a series immediately after that in South Africa went the way of Pakistan by two matches to one.Why was a team so dominant in the test arena so shaky in the 50 overs a side game? Perhaps the answer lies in the selection of the side. With some of the top test stars being rested or, as in the case of Vernon Philander, not considered at all until late in the year. Minus those top talents, South Africa’s results were patchy.Given a chance to play in three matches late in the year, Philander showed what the team misses out on when leading players are omitted. He returned figures of 2 for 23 in eight overs, 1 for 37 in 10 and 3 for 26 in 10.At the same time, Dale Steyn was given more of a run in the ODI game and responded with some devastating returns against Pakistan, including 6 for 39 in Port Elizabeth and 5 for 25 in Abu Dhabi.The Proteas’ biggest concern, though, was not the team’s bowling, but its batting, with Amla and De Villiers carrying too much of the load and not enough consistency from the rest, even from Amla.However, late in the year, the selectors loaded up the big guns and threw them into a series against India, ranked number one in the world. The result? Victories by 141 and 134 runs, with the third ODI rained out.Highlighting the series was the performance of 20-year-old opening batsmen Quinton de Kock, who became only the fifth batsmen to score centuries in three consecutive one-day internationals.He joined a small list of only four other players, including two South Africans, who have achieved the feat: Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, AB de Villiers and Herschelle Gibbs. It also left De Kock ranked 14th in the ODI batting rankings, having scored four centuries in only 16 innings.T20 internationalsSouth Africa’s T20 international results were better, with the Proteas beating New Zealand 2-1 and Pakistan 2-0 in the UAE, while the Pakistanis won 1-0 in South Africa.Domestic competitionsOn the domestic scene, the Cape Cobras lifted the Sunfoil Series title, ending the four-day competition on a high note with a 10-wicket thrashing of the Knights.The Cobras also made the final of the Momentum One Day Cup, but their showdown with the Titans was rained out, leading to the teams sharing the trophy.The Ram Slam T20 title went the way of the Lions, who defeated the Titans by a comfortable 30 runs in the final at The Wanderers.In amateur competition, Gauteng claimed the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Three-Day Provincial competition, while Border walked away with the CSA Provincial One-Day Competition honours, and Free State won the CSA Provincial Pro 20 Competition.Women’s cricketThe South African national women’s team made it into the Super Six stage of the Women’s World Cup, but found the going tough once there. However, prior to the World Cup, they showed their ability in drawing 2-2 with the West Indies, who went on to top the Super Six standings at the World Cup.In September, the South African women whitewashed Bangladesh 3-0 in an ODI series and 3-0 in a T20 series.Western Province captured the CSA Women’s Provincial One-day Competition.last_img read more