Jack Bannister today ate a big part of a newspaper page on TV. Helped
along with sips of good Cape wine.
He wrote earlier in a British paper if SA wins the test series against
England he will eat the page his column was printed on.
As the inevitable came nearer and nearer on Newlands, the messages
streamed in re the eating. Among them a message dragged across the sky
behind a plane.
It was announced by the commentators that Jack will eat his words on
At the end he was served with the page, wine and indigestion medicine
on a tray.
The very elegant mr. Bannister then started eating the paper small bit
by small bit without batting an eyelid. Gracefully sipping wine in
His SA colleague, Martin Locke, helped him by eating a small bit in
Bannister pulled this off with great fun, elegance and dignity. He is
a great commentator and a great guy.
He showed true grace under the sort of preasure that can easily turn
against someone in his position and result in being ridiculed.
I am now a fan of him. Love his commentary as well.
About the game: SA more or less deserved to win, due to huge luck and
great stuff by Adams and Richardson (oldest and youngest in the team).
And maybe also due to a bad decision by umpire Orchard that gave Smith
out when he looked like hitting his stride.