Members End: Funny suits, spinnerrrs, and goodbyes

Sunday Times

TELFORD VICE, Auckland

HAVING accused the International Cricket Council (ICC) of running out of a sense of humour last week, Members End is pleased to report evidence to the contrary. “TV cameras ready,” ICC media man Peter Breen asked a roomful of hacks before a press conference in Sydney this week. Then, before letting the poison pens loose on their vicim, he said softly under his breath – but loudly enough for some to hear, “Gladiators, are you ready?”

MOST of AB de Villiers’ press conferences at the tournament have ended with him being asked a few questions that require Afrikaans answers. And, unlike some of his fellow SA squad members, the captain has proved a paragon of purity, linguistically speaking. Except, that is, after SA’s rousing victory over Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday – when he spoke not of “draaibalboulers” but of “spinners”. Or, phonetically, “spinnerrrs”. No worries, skipper. And what the hell; when you win, you can say whatever you like.

DE Villiers has said goodbye to three notable adversaries at the tournament. First he tweeted Brendan Taylor: “What a fantastic career by a great person! You are a legend in my eyes.” Then he offered “a special mention” to Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene – “true legends on and off the field”. Makes us wonder who might be next …

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