Sleeping wicketkeeper

Morne Van Wyk

I’ve heard of sleeping policemen but this takes the cake.

Morne van Wyk kept wicket for S.A. against India on Saturday, his performance was shoddy to say the least.

Morne who didn’t attempt a catch off Sehwag early on, missed at least one stumping and according to my newspaper today ‘looked a little soporific’ has admitted that instead of taking a vitamin supplement prior to the match he mistakenly took a sleeping tablet! (link)


He had a good game yesterday though (okay he was dropped twice early on and ran out his captain) in a convincing win against the Irish.

Things are looking rosy for the Proteas at the moment.

1 South Africa 5 4 1 0 0 1.61 8
2 India 5 3 1 1 0 0.77 7
3 West Indies 4 3 1 0 0 2.21 6
4 Bangladesh 5 3 2 0 0 -0.76 6
5 England 5 2 2 1 0 0.01 5
6 Ireland 5 1 4 0 0 -0.88 2
7 Holland 5 0 5 0 0 -2.39 0

8 thoughts on “Sleeping wicketkeeper”

  1. Sounds dodgy in the extreme – are you sure he hasn’t been taking lessons from whatsisname, the Pakistani wicket-keeper? 😎

  2. Still looking good for that Aus v India final! If I was a betting man I’d put a few pennies on it!

    Bearsy – Kamram Akmal – much implicated in many betting scandals. I don’t think Morne Van Winkle is in the same league bless him!

    I see today that the three from Pakistan recently charged with corruption will be applying for Legal Aid at the hearings next week. A bit cheeky I thought.

  3. That’s the chap – Akmal. Got a crooked brother, too, innit?

    As far as the 3 are concerned, I guess in their case “Legal Aid” means help understanding what “legal” means.


  4. cuprum426 :

    Still looking good for that Aus v India final!

    If the logs stay as they are there’s every chance of a Oz India semi and hopefully S.A. in the final!

    C426 I noticed your comment on prize money on the rugby post the winners here take home a cool US$ 3 million
    Runners up 1.5 million
    Losing semi 0.75
    Losing qtrs 0.37

  5. Ah Soutie! There are only three good teams – Aus, SA and India – the winner will be one of them I’m sure!

    The prize money in professional sport is a debate I’m happy to carry on! I would say that cricket is a more complex case and is rather different to rugby union. The amount of cricket played internationally with all the overseas tours means that in the modern era most of the big 8 test nations all centrally contract the best players so they in effect don’t have a “club/county/state” equivalent. It is still a lot of money for sporting endeavour, but one which enrages me much less than rugger.

    Cricket has been a professional sport for much longer than rugby union and an average pro gets paid a sensible rather than obscene amount of money – although the recent developments with the IPL et cetera are showing the less pleasant side of money in sport. I would say actually that it doesn’t sound like a significant amount of money going to the players bearing in mind how much the sponsors and TV are putting in.

    There is of course the debate that may suggest like the “Life on Mars” coppers of the 70’s in England, if they got paid more then they wouldn’t be tempted by corruption….there’s a whole new issue which I’d love to debate too. I just can’t understand why any professional cricketer would risk their livelihood by cosying up to the bookies, but there you go.

    I’ll stop now or I’ll be here all week!

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