Politi­cians put screws on Beast

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SPRING­BOK prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira’s el­i­gi­bil­ity to turn out for the na­tional side has re­port­edly been called into ques­tion by the SA Sports Min­istry.

And, it is un­der­stood, if they have their way, the loose­head prop will not fly to France on Tues­day with the 15 play­ers who will, in all like­li­hood, start for the Boks against France in Toulouse on Fri­day.

The rest of the tour party – the 22 play­ers who fea­tured against Le­ices­ter last night – left South Africa last week.

The min­istry is ap­par­ently in­ves­ti­gat­ing how it came about that Mtawarira, a Zim­bab­wean, is play­ing for the Boks.

It is un­der­stood Mtawarira’s work per­mit is in or­der.

BLOEM­FONTEIN: South African-born bats­man Jonathan Trott made a suc­cess­ful re­turn yes­ter­day when he hit 85 off 104 balls to help Eng­land win by 185 runs against the Ea­gles.

Eng­land com­piled an im­pres­sive 294 for seven wick­ets in the first match of the tour, be­fore bowl­ing out the Ea­gles for 109 in 26.4 overs.

Trott struck seven fours and added 123 runs for the sec­ond wicket with An­drew Strauss in the ma­jor part­ner­ship of the in­nings. The tourists were asked to bat first by home cap­tain Boeta Dip­pe­naar.

Strauss also started the tour well, with 72 off 85 balls, in­clud­ing seven fours and a six. With Trott, he took the score from 10-1 to 133 be­fore he hit a ball from Ryan Bai­ley to Vic­tor Mpit­sang at square-leg.

Bai­ley also bowled Trott to leave Eng­land on 1864 in the 38th over. Bai­ley, a part-time medium-pace bowler, fin­ished with 2-27.

Eng­land’s No. 5 bats­man Eoin Mor­gan held the lat­ter part of the in­nings to­gether. He fin­ished with 67 not out off 52 balls, while Luke Wright hit three fours and a six in com­pil­ing 24 off 11 balls. Mor­gan hit five fours and two sixes.

Eng­land’s seam bowlers struck early, with Stu­art Broad tak­ing two wick­ets in the first and third overs of the Ea­gles in­nings. The Ea­gles could not get any part­ner­ships go­ing, al­though six bats­men reached dou­ble fig­ures. The best was young left-han­der Rilee Ros­souw, who hit 17 off 10 balls, with four fours.

Broad fin­ished with 2-28, with James An­der­son, Saj Mah­mood and Paul Colling­wood also tak­ing two wick­ets each.

EL­I­GI­BLE? Beast Mtawarira

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