What makes me a little sad, is that if this Protea team had gone on to win the World Cup, there would have been books and case studies written on what an amazing job they've done with building team culture. Now that they lost in the semi, the truly remarkable side of that unit will probably not be talked about.
You can see how tight that team is. You've been able to see it for years now. Michael Hussey even commented on it when he was doing is consulting stint. No ego. Team centric. Respectful. It's not only on the field, but in how they talk to the media. Always taking accountability, always praising the bowler before or the batsmen before.
Selfless media behaviour isn't something you see a lot of these days.
To take all those different cultures, religions, skills, personalities and to mould them into such a tight, functional unit is incredible. I hope someone talks about this factor a bit more - because I'd love to know how they did it.
In celebration of that team, I've just joined the Official Proteas Supporters Club. Silver membership. Having regrets now as the "kids coaching clinic with the players" sounds like something I should have done. Might upgrade. Wrote about the Supporters Club before if you're interested.
Well played boys. You did us proud. England are F#$!@* when they come here in December.
Now have a little drizz with this "thank you" video.