Neil Manthorp
The Newsletter about the world of cricket from a South African perspective
Created 09 Jul 2020
  • Room Service?
    10 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 4 0
    There are so many factors to consider during the forthcoming T20 World, all of which will, at some point and to a greater or lesser degree, influence the outcome. Some will be, as the players all like...
  • Australia, NZ – hard to get into for SA
    30 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 6
    Australia and New Zealand are both great countries and have provided many of the most cherished memories of my career. I was hoping to visit both again next year with the Future Tours Programme indica...
  • Double Standards and Hypocrisy
    22 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 4 14
    Let’s be very clear about what just happened. Cricket New Zealand instructed its national team to leave Rawalpindi less than an hour before the toss in the first of a scheduled three-match ODI series ...
  • Proteas in Sri Lanka, day 20
    15 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 2
    The most vexing question after the third T20 International concerned the proportions between South Africa’s excellence and Sri Lanka’s ineptitude. When vanquished opponents are so hopeless in the cont...
  • Proteas in Sri Lanka, day 19
    14 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 2 5
    For many years, decades even, I’ve written and spoken about the decline in players’ performance towards the end of tours. They were merely personal observations but, from 1996, they were based on the ...
  • Proteas in Sri Lanka, day 18
    13 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 2
    It is wretched habit of those professionally or even just emotionally invested in the performance of ‘their’ sports team to suddenly question the quality and merits of the opposition after a resoundin...
  • Proteas in Sri Lanka, day 17
    11 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 5
    The ennui of another featureless day on tour appeared to be significantly off-set by the prospect of watching Christiano Ronaldo once again playing football for Manchester United, almost two decades a...
  • Proteas in Sri Lanka, day 16
    11 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 5
    The Proteas’ T20 International modus operandi was established in the five matches in the West Indies and is now cemented in place for the World Cup next month. Trust the top six batsmen to put a ‘par’...
  • Proteas in Sri Lanka, day 15
    09 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 0 2
    It’s important to set goals and have something to look forward to each day in the bio-bubble and today it was the announcement of T20 World Cup squads, not just South Africa’s but several more around ...
  • Proteas in Sri Lanka, day 14
    08 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 4
    Sri Lankan cricket has had precious little to celebrate over the last couple of years so it was only right and proper that they should make a big deal of the series win against South Africa. A very bi...
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