Famous victory

2008-12-23 00:00

THE South African cricket victory over Australia after the second highest run chase in Test history will have given widespread satisfaction, especially given that it is the Australian side that South Africans most love to hate. It is 15 years since South Africa won a Test match in Australia.

Given cricket’s origins as the “Englishman’s game”, the cosmopolitan “rainbow” character of the winning team was equally striking: five white English-speakers, three white Afrikaans-speakers, one Indian, one coloured (who struck the winning runs) and one black.

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