Kevin Fine

Sport heroes set great example

2005-01-04 11:03

It is difficult to concentrate on anything apart from the disastrous tsunami which struck in Asia last week destroying everything in its wake as well as killing over 140 000 people.

Without sounding too dramatic I have been traumatised by the events to no end, concerned for those that I know caught in the disaster as well as their families and friends.

I hope that your loved ones are safe at this time.

While attempting to help those affected may seem hopeless it has been heart-warming to watch the world respond with such generosity - particularly the sporting world.

To have funds granted to the disaster relief fund from the local Tests as well as the money's raised from raffled and auctioned paraphernalia was not only a brilliant response, but a great example.

Football Clubs all over England were also quick to respond. When the teams and heroes that we watch and support so intensely perform deeds of such great significance, we as part of the sporting fraternity should take cognisance.

We draw inspiration from these teams and players and it's that inspiration that should drive us all to make whatever contribution we can to help those affected by this tragedy.

I urge you as part of the sports loving world to follow suit of our heroes, and encourage your clubs, associations, running friends, gym partners, and the kids you coach to help those affected by this global disaster.

Coming back to the local Test. Thus far the third Test was enthralling with Jacques Kallis further cementing his place in cricket almanacs for centuries to come.

Without sounding over-confident, I would (if I was a betting man) be putting a lot of cash on the series being tied before they head off to the Wanderers.

I was however bothered by the events on day one as I drove from Plettenberg Bay to George airport. As I listened to the radio commentary - which incidentally is often better than the TV commentary - the respective journalists were ploughing into the Englishman's tactics.

"Negative bowling" was the term being bandied around and there was concensus that the umpires would at some stage have to step in to call the non-competitive bowling wide.

I was extremely disappointed that a captain like Michael Vaughn would encourage his bowlers to employ this tactic, given the enthralling cricket of the first two Tests.

I would hate to suggest that this is a mild form of cheating, but bowling that prevents the batsman from physically being able to score runs is about as useful to cricket as a flat football is to the Premiership.

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