All the photos here are from Paddy Upton’s collection, unless indicated otherwise.
Meeting our country’s president, Nelson Mandela, at Newlands. This time I would not forget to ask the one question I had, to please sign my photograph from the previous time he visited the team.
During my time as fitness trainer with the Proteas. Meeting the Queen of England prior to a Test match at Headingley, in 1996.
Nearly sixteen years after meeting the Queen, I’m back in England, here with the Proteas staff on the famous Lord’s cricket ground balcony, posing with the newly won World Test Mace. (September 2012).
Creating a ‘happy team’ environment was one of the four goals Gary and I set for the team, and this is evidence of it really happening! (Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and VVS Laxman)
The moment Gazza and I had set as a goal whilst on an aeroplane in March 2008, and which we doubled down on achieving since that breakfast meeting in Dambulla on 24 June 2010, becomes reality! On 2 April 2011, India are crowned ICC World Cup champions for the first time since Kapil Dev’s team achieved the same feat in 1983.
The Proteas in the Lord’s dressing room, after securing the world’s number one Test ranking by beating England in a Test series, on their own home soil.
A lasting memory of Mark Boucher in action in national colours, (a week before his career-ending eye injury), summiting the Swiss Alps, right in front, in the snow—wearing just a Proteas T-shirt.
Raising another trophy together, this time Gary and I with the World Test championship mace, after Proteas beat England in the 2012.
As coach of Sydney Thunder. Working alongside Mike Hussey (Mr. Cricket) was a true privilege, both on and off the field.
During the 2012 tour to the UK in pursuit of the world number one Test ranking. This is me during the second test. I had a long-standing arrangement to go surfing in the Mentawai islands (off Sumatra) with ten mates. Going on that trip was part of my contract negotiation with Cricket SA. (Nobody ever lies on their death bed wishing they spent more time at the office.)
The photograph Nelson Mandela nearly ruined (see Postscript). You can see above Mandela’s head, the scratches from his initial attempt to sign with the pen’s dry nib.
Me doing boxing training with Darryl (September 2012). Cullinan during a tour of India in 1996. Improvising with a batting pad as a punching bag.
Gary and I arriving in India for the start of our tenure. Me, armed with my surfboard, having heard that there were waves in India, which proved to be the case.
The Test team with the 2008 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Zaheer Khan, Sehwag, Gangly, Dhananjay (analyst, with trophy), Dravid, Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble and Ramesh Mane (masseur).
A hillbilly from Rondebosch (Gazza) and me, a barefoot surfer from Houtbay (both suburbs of Cape Town) receiving a traditional Indian welcome.
Eric Simons (bowling coach), me, Gazza and Mike Horn. Four South-Africans and four good friends in the dressing room after winning the World Cup in 2011. This would be our last time in the Indian cricket team dressing room … and what a way to bow out!
Excitement and trepidation! Proteas being briefed for a three-hour descent of a Swiss Alpine river. Requiring hiking, swimming, cliff jumping into deep pools, rope descents of gushing rapids and descending the steepest waterfalls via a flying-fox pulley system… all in a river of just-melted snow!
For five consecutive IPL seasons, (three at Rajasthan Royals and two at Delhi Daredevils), I was lucky enough to work as head coach, alongside Zubin Bharucha (team director – who has an amazing cricket brain), and Rahul Dravid (right), in his role as captain in the first two years, and then team mentor for the next three.
Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Jacques Kallis and I, in the Sydney Thunder dressing room at the MCG in Melbourne. Posing with the 2016 Big Bash League trophy after beating the Melbourne Stars in front of their home crowd.
Between the second and third of those gruelling Test matches in Australia, 2012, a few of us spent four days living on a boat off Port Douglas, fishing for Giant Trevally. Physio Brandon Jackson and I after a double hook-up.
The Proteas ODI team at Newlands, in 1996. The only support staff back then was Bob Woolmer (coach), Goolam Rajah (manager), Craig Smith (Physio) and me (fitness trainer).
Pounding the pavements, putting Herschelle Gibbs, Gazza and Jonty Rhodes through their paces.
Celebrating winning the 2008 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, having beaten Australia in Kolkata.
Celebrating a historical day in Test cricket history, in Mohali on October 17, 2008. Earlier that day, Sachin Tendulkar went past Brian Lara’s record of 11,953 runs in test cricket to become the player with most runs in the format.
In the Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) dressing room on 2 April 2011. Sachin and I with the ICC World Cup which we had won that evening.
Proteas team photo at a Newlands Test match in 2012. Note the eleven support staff members, compared to only four support staff the 1996 photo, also taken at Newlands. Four members feature in both – Gazza, Allan Donald, Jacques Kallis and myself.
The Proteas, summiting the first peak of the tour. The next would be to summit the world Test ranking against England, in the UK. Both were successful.
Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League champions in 2016.
During India’s tour of New Zealand in 2008, an NZ cricket official told me he was designated to ensure the Indian team had a great experience, and that cost was of no concern. One of the many ensuing highlights was ‘heli-fishing’, flying some 30 miles out to sea to fish off small remote islands. Here Gary, MS Dhoni and I have ‘Gone Fishing’.
The first of my two marriages, both to Nicki, took place outside Bangalore in 2006 (above). The second was a traditional South African marriage, held at our home in Cape Town only a few weeks later.