It’s so great you could kiss it

2008-07-04 00:00

THE touring South African cricket squad arrived at Lord’s on Thursday to practise ahead of this week’s first Test match against England. For many in the group, it was their first visit to the most famous cricket ground in the world and after completing their slick training routines at the Nursery End, the players wandered across to the middle, just looking around, taking in the view, lapping up the atmosphere.

These young men have travelled a long way, from places like Strandfontein and Pinelands, Warmbaths and Durban, Vereeniging and King William’s Town; from all across South Africa, through backyard cricket with eager fathers, through dazzling sunny primary school days in pristine white kit on scorched brown fields, through high school, age-group squads, provincial sides and on to the national team until now, on a warm July morning in the middle of London, they had finally reached “headquarters”.

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