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Going pink and cooking with the missus

As I write this, we’re between the second and third Momentum one-day internationals against Pakistan, and we’re well aware that we’re in a proper fight against a strong ODI team.

Friday night’s game in Centurion was a disappointment, but we know we can put that right with a strong performance at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

It’s going to be a real occasion for us, playing in all pink for the first time, as part of the Pink Drive initiative, which supports the fight against breast cancer. It was quite a laugh when we had the team meeting where it was announced that we would be playing in an all-pink strip.

I laughed, because I don’t mind it, being someone who is comfortable wearing pink and trying different things with my clothing. But, we have a couple of guys in the squad who are a little conservative, when it comes to how they dress. First one that springs to mind is the big guy, Graeme Smith, and I’m going to have a little chuckle seeing him in pink! Also, I think it’s going to be quite interesting seeing Hashim Amla in pink as well. Those two spring to mind when I think of the pink kit, and we’re definitely going to have some fun with it.

Just looking at the past week, it’s been another one dominated by admin for me, as we had four days off between games. With the IPL coming up, I’m trying to get as organised as possible, with regards to renting my place in Pretoria out or selling it, as well as trying to find a place to live in Cape Town from mid-year. I also popped in for my annual blood test to make sure everything is all right in that department – it’s just something that I check on from time to time.

I also got to spend some time indulging in one of my favourite hobbies – cooking. I talked last week about how I fancy myself a bit in the kitchen. I’m always trying things and I recently bought a new recipe book, written by Michelin-star chef Michel Roux Junior, which has a couple of interesting dishes in. We tried one of his recipes the other night and it was pretty complicated. But I like a challenge. My missus and I enjoy being in the kitchen together and even when it’s her turn to cook, I offer my services as I like to be involved.

Of course, all of this was after a really good performance in the first Momentum one-day international in Bloemfontein. Colin Ingram’s hundred was fantastic and it was backed up by a really disciplined bowling and fielding performance. Also, AB’s innings of 65 was out of this world, with some of the shots he played. Really world-class.

As the Pakistanis had four spinners in their team, it was good that we didn’t have to bat second on that wicket, and our batters could see the ball already starting to spin big around the 30th over of our innings. I didn’t have loads of time to make an impact with the bat, but I was pretty happy with 26 from 29 balls, as we looked to keep the momentum going.

Hopefully, as the series goes on, I’ll have more of a chance to contribute to the team's cause. I’m feeling good with the bat, so I want to cash in.

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