By Jodie Peter
What are you up to at the moment?
I just got back from honeymoon. It’s going to be hard work for the 2 weeks to get fit again. I leave for India next Sunday to play in the Champions League, a domestic tournament for the Nashua Titans and then I’m off to Dubai for our game against Pakistan for the Proteas.
What is your training and fitness plan going into summer?
A lot of road running and gym work 4 or 5 times a week. On weekends I’ll play a round of gold every now and again to relax. Being a professional cricketer it’s important to do your hard work before going into the season. It’s impossible to build during the season. Now is the time for me to get into the best shape possible and do as much fitness work, like long distance running especially for the test matches where you have to have more endurance. My technique has to be solid, so I concentrate on back-lifts and stances.
Congratulations on recently tying the knot, tell us what is the biggest plus of married life so far?
Stability. I now have a partner to enjoy the rest of my life with. It’s one of the most selfless things to do. My wife Danielle comes with on tour as often as possible and we have a rule that we’re not allowed to not see each for more than 21 days. Gary Kirsten gave me good advice: Do whatever it takes your make a marriage work and spend as much time together as possible. She’ll be with me in Dubai, it makes touring a lot easier when she is around. I look forward to starting a family.
What are your thoughts on Maxim SA?
I can’t wait to get my hands on one soon. I’m excited for something new!
What are your thoughts on the upcoming season?
The word that comes to mind: opportunity. We face big challenges in Dubai, Pakistan and India. We have lot to achieve and lot to look forward to.
AND NOW: THE SAME QUESTIONS WE ALWAYS ASK EVERYONE!
What is the worst hangover you’ve ever had?
From alcohol? Haha! When was 23, I started playing for the Proteas. We played New Zealand in Port Elizabeth and we won. After dinner Shaun Pollock and I started drinking. We encouraged each other to drink more than what we could handle. It ended up being a long night with a very bad hangover the next morning, one I’ll never forget. We left for Cape Town at 6 that morning feeling very rough.
What was your first car?
A blue VW Jetta
Do you have a scar that tells a story?
A tiny one on my shoulder. When I was 16 a few mates and I went to my dad’s farmhouse in Warmbaths. We slept around a camp fire that night. We were burning ourselves with lighters to make those old ‘smileys’. Mine wouldn’t work so my mates heated it up for 20 minutes and eventually left it go on my shoulder, it burnt me bad. It sunk and melted, scarring me for life.
Do you have a party trick?
I have a funny little dance I do only around close friends and family.
Finish this sentence: If I ruled the world for a day, I would: Make it a better place.