A bittersweet week for SA sport

2012-07-14 14:05

South African sport frequently endures fits of euphoria and bouts of depression, but this week dished up more than its fair share of both.

Mark Boucher’s freak accident at the ­rhododendron-lined playground that is Taunton cruelly curtailed his glittering career.

Over 147 Tests, Boucher garnered 999 ­dismissals (1?000 if the wicket of Dwayne Bravo in 2005 is included). Like Sir Donald Bradman’s batting average of 99.94, it is a record that is ­going to be hard to beat.

With the emphasis of modern ­cricket bending more towards the T20 format, the lesser number of Tests played could cast the record in stone.

In the same week, Geoffrey Toyana’s ­appointment as head coach of the Highveld Lions is a step in the right direction.

Gauteng Cricket has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, with all the muck-rucking and infighting ­bedevilling the once proud union.

It is high time they put their differences aside and rallied behind Toyana. Without their backing, it is hard to envisage the Lions getting on a ladder and achieving what the then Transvaal “Mean ­machine” achieved in the 70s and 80s.

The Lions may be a far cry from that side, but Dave Nosworthy has laid an excellent foundation and Toyana can only excel.

Twelve medals! That is sports boss Gideon Sam’s clarion call for Team South Africa at the London Olympics. It may be a tad hopeful, but we have assembled our best team since 1992 and now it’s game on.

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