Winning in adversity is far more common than many observers might imagine. There’s pretty much always a drama of some sort going on in a cricket change room, always a couple of injuries and dissension among the troops, or with the coach. Or the bosses. A good crisis often helps pull teams together, more so in cricket than most other sports because of the amount of time the players are required to spend together and the peculiar vicissitudes the sport tends to throw players’ way. If they all know they are battling an unusual but common “extra” force, they can become united. It is a cause of concern and sadness that the relationship between SA’s professional cricketers and their employers at Cricket SA’s (CSA) headquarters is so strained. The irony, and this is not an irrational grasp at a silver lining, is that as the country’s provincial and franchise players look for winter employment elsewhere, the Proteas may well go to the World Cup galvanised by the intransigence of their bosse...

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