Tsolekile flabbergasted at Ntini's 'race remarks'

Ntini raised eyebrows a few weeks ago when he claimed Tsolekile 'would be playing for the Proteas if he was white'.

Johannesburg, Nov 19 (ANI): South Africa wicket keeper Thami Tsolekile has said he was disturbed after a remark from Makhaya Ntini flared up an unwanted race row, and added that he was amazed by the former Test bowler's claim.

Ntini, a former Proteas star, raised eyebrows a few weeks ago when he claimed Tsolekile 'would be playing for the Proteas if he was white'.

However Tsolekile, currently playing second fiddle to AB de Villiers on the Australia tour, said on current form he wouldn't include himself in the South African Test XI.

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"AB is keeping very well - he kept well in England in difficult conditions and I can't see a reason to change the team," Sports24 quoted Tsolekile, as saying to an Australian website.

"He is batting well, too. He has made starts all the time, but just hasn't gone on to make the big scores yet. But he will. If he wasn't getting in, then maybe it would be different, but he's playing well," he added.

"I played most of my early cricket in the township and obviously, growing up, Makhaya was my icon. He has done very, very well for South African cricket and played for 12 or 13 years. He is a hero," he said.

Tsolekile added: "But what he said was quite disturbing, for me personally. I wouldn't know why he said that. I haven't been involved for eight years, I've come back from the wilderness so to speak, but this set-up at the moment is amazing, it is a great group."

"Makhaya was speaking on behalf of himself, not me. I haven't experienced anything like that. Maybe he has his own reasons for saying that, but I haven't seen or experienced anything different in this set-up. The atmosphere has been great and I am very comfortable after all the hard work has been recognised," he added.

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