Saturday, 23 May 2009

Albie Morkel and the Afternoon Siesta

Boncam sends in an interesting link to an interview with Albie on Cricinfo.

Where do I start? Right, apparently he's going to have a BABY. I actually glanced over that line completely and noticed it a while later. It was a bit of a WTF moment.
Tell us something we don't know about you.
Come December, I will be a father of a boy.

Well done, Albie. I'm sure when he retires, he'll surreptitiously slip in that news in an interview too, as if it's no big deal at all. "Oh, by the way, I'M RETIRING, bitches."

Apart from that rather interesting development, the interview is actually quite good. When asked what he told Morne after replacing him for his Test debut:
I didn't really say anything much. Obviously it was a big disappointment for him, but on the other hand it was happiness for me. He was supportive of me on my debut and I was supportive of him since he was dropped.

I find that inexplicably funny. He was supportive of him since he was dropped, while at the same time, secretly happy for himself. I bet the conversations between the two would have been immensely awkward following that.
If you were running cricket, what's the one change you would make?
I'd make the lunch interval in four-day games about two hours long, so we can have an afternoon siesta.

Look, Albie, you can be funny too. Amazing.

But possibly the best thing of all is a hilarious question about ROFL:
Does Roelof van der Merwe ever look at the ball when he hits it?
You're gonna have to ask him. Yes, it looks weird on TV: his head is down while he hits over point for six. He is pretty unique, but I'm sure he watches the ball.

I'm sure many others were wondering exactly the same thing.

28 comments:

Abigail said...

Morne is hotter than Albie, I was disappointd when the big cute blond was dropped. Albie said in another interview in Afrikaans that he only wanted the baby to be a boy and there was pressure on his wife to have a boy. I thought the male determined the sex. The Morkels seem to be a family which produces males.

Amy said...

Okay:

1) Morne isn't blond. I can show you blond if you like.

2) Are you telling me Albie is a sexist bastard who just wants his wife to push out little boys? Goddamn, I really hope that isn't true or I might have to disown him.

Anonymous said...

Morne is blond but his hair has got a little darker with age. He just needs to put a one shade lightener in his hair like a lot of the others do and he'll be a gorgeous blue-eyed blond unlike Albie who's an ordinary brown-eyed brunette runt. Morne's tall, Albie's short.

boncam said...

Great a future Morkel-Protea is on the way. (Unless he wants to be a hairdresser.)

Abigail do you have a link to that interview?

Esra_Star said...

A little Albie would be pretty damn cute!

I cracked up at "I was supportive of him since he was dropped". Albie is a funny bastard.

Amy said...

Anonymous, you forgot to mention Albie's disgusting feet. So very disgusting.

Boncam, so when I'm old and frail, a little Albie will be running around playing for SA? Nice.

Esra, he is. He must have been so gleeful at the thought of replacing his own brother. I would be if I were him.

boncam said...

Yeah! lol

Anonymous said...

I saw that earlier Albie interview and he desperately wanted a boy but said he was only kidding about only wanting a boy.

boncam said...

I wonder what name the baby will get. Will he stick to Afrikaans? Albie was named after his father.

Anonymous said...

The Dutch guys tend to stick with Dutch names. You should see Morne's latest interview on Sports Illustrated, it seems like he's hit the bottle first, he's rambling.

Amy said...

Anon, thanks for that. Now I don't have to disown the poor fellow.

boncam said...

Dear Anonymous, I don't think that Albie would appreciate you calling him Dutch. There actually is a difference between Afrikaans and Dutch. He is probably in the 4th or 5th generation in SA, besides there are loads of Afrikaners who aren't even from the Netherlands. I dont think you would call an Aussie a Brit, would you?

*no worries Albie. I've got your back.*

Amy said...

Generally they call us convicts or criminals, so we're used to that kind of shit. We make up for it by beating them in sport.

Anonymous said...

Amy - as a Pom I should probably object to that, except, we all know it's true really ;)

"Well done, Albie. I'm sure when he retires, he'll surreptitiously slip in that news in an interview too, as if it's no big deal at all. "Oh, by the way, I'M RETIRING, bitches.""

See, this is why you need to get over your distaste for stalking him on FB - he never even announced it on there (how chilled out is that?) but about a month or so it was mentioned on there by some random.

What no-one seems to be pointing out that if Baby Morkel is due in December, how do they know it's a boy already? Unless we are going on the assumption that no girl has been born into that family for centuries which frankly would not surprise me.

-Heather

Anonymous said...

everyone were im from calls afrikaaners "dutchmen"....:)

madiha said...

i hope junior albie is as cute as senior albie

Amy said...

Heather, I don't know. The thought of stalking him on Facebook just makes me really uncomfortable. I'm already shouting out his praises on the blog anyway.

Mariam said...

hey may b they found out its a boy with the help of a sonogram or something......aww there's gonna b a little morkel in the family....Soon he'll grow up n play cricket too....i wonder wat they'll name him...

Mariam said...

The thought makes me feel old.....

Anonymous said...

Mariam - generally sonograms can't pick up the sex of a baby until about five months into the pregnancy, hence my thoughts :)

-Heather

Amy said...

Maybe it's a mutant Morkel baby which has a gestation period of a year and comes out as a 3-month old baby.

I don't know, that's just disturbing.

Mariam said...

heather i didnt know bout dat.....n amy a mutant morkel does sound scary...so wat wud its powers b??

Mariam said...

heather i didnt know bout dat.....n amy a mutant morkel does sound scary...so wat wud its powers b??

Anonymous said...

That just sounds like Twilight in reverse. And damn you Amy, I was trying to forget that reading experience as well! ;)

-Heather

Amy said...

I forgot that reading experience as soon as I possibly could. Thanks for reminding me, however. Om nom nom, uterus. Very Cookie Monster.

Anonymous said...

Albie is a better all round cricketer than Morne, and hotness doesn't really matter.

Shikha said...

The Official CSA facebook page says :
"CSA would like to congratulate Albie Morkel and his wife on the birth of their baby son. The little one was born at a healthy 3.1 kgs and is thriving.We wish you all the best and happiness with your new family. Let the new generation of Proteas begin!."

As much as i know the baby was born on 1st December 2009

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