- 22-year-old Lutho Sipamla made his Proteas debut today against Sri Lanka
- The young bowler got his chance to show what he's got as the Proteas took to the field as Sri Lanka opted to open the batting
- Some people have been supportive of the young player, while others have been dismissive
Boxing Day cricket has become a tradition in many households as cricket teams around the world take to the pitch after Christmas for a spot of cricket.
Proteas Lutho Sipamla has been trending as he makes his debut against the Sri Lankan team. The 22-year-old bowler will have his opportunity to shine as he takes on an experienced team.
Sipamla has been trending on Twitter as people acknowledge the massive moment in his career and the amount of pressure he is under.
Social media users have taken to the internet to react to his debut appearance:
"Congratulations to Lutho Sipamla who makes his @OfficialCSA Proteas test debut this morning."
"Get in there Lutho."
Some people were supportive while others were dismissive of the young player:
"Sipamla is nowhere near ready for test cricket yet. That's a fact."
"Sipamla needs his senior teammates to support him. Go and speak to the lad. #SAvSL."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Proteas had stated previously that they would not bend the knee for the Black Lives Matter movement. The team was placed under enormous pressure to display some form of gesture of solidarity with the movement.
Earlier in the month, the Proteas had stated that they would not be taking a knee for BLM but would be championing the issues of gender-based violence and human trafficking, which are issues that plague South Africa.
However, the Proteas surprised many by still showing support for BLM not with bending their knees but with raising their fists ahead of their Boxing Day match against Sri Lanka.
In other news, former professional cricket player Makhaya Ntini is urging the Proteas to take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Proteas made the decision to not take the knee and Ntini was disappointed at this action, to say the least.
The Twenty20 series is going to begin on Friday and the Proteas are in the headlines for their decision. Others have said that if their opponents, England decide to take the knee, it would be rather embarrassing for South Africa.
Ntini said that Graeme Smith, the director of Cricket South Africa (CSA) needs to step in and instruct the national cricket team to take the knee.
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