Harry, the Newlands hadeda has made an appearance every day during the Test series between the Proteas and England in Cape Town and consequently went viral on social media.
Somebody actually went on to create a Twitter profile of Harry the “Newlands Hadeda” who has grown to become quite popular in South Africa. The bird already has more than 200 followers (and counting) on Twitter.
Sport24 reports that the bird appeared oblivious to the ongoing cricket as he searched for worms and just went on to “patrol” the area. They also stated that there were various instances where play was stopped with the bird in line with the bowler running up, prompting the South African or England fielders to chase him off.
“Not sure why they just won’t let me bowl” and “look how they chase me!” the bird later ‘said’ on social media.
Resistance proved futile for South Africa, who could not survive a nervy final session as England won by 189 runs in the second Test at Newlands to level the four-match series.
The hosts lost five wickets in the final session after a relatively quiet period where they had managed to string together some patient partnerships which gave the home support hope of a draw. This was after England had begun the day needing eight wickets after removing Dean Elgar and Zubayr Hamza in the previous afternoon.
Debutant Pieter Malan resumed unbeaten on 63, alongside Keshav Maharaj who had been brought in as nightwatchman the previous day. With the first delivery of the day, the tailender looked to have glanced one through to the wicketkeeper Jos Buttler off the bowling of James Anderson.
Despite a confident shout, he fielding side opted against going upstairs and were vindicated when replays showed that the ball had clipped the thigh pad.
Maharaj’s 17-ball vigil, however, came to an end soon after when Anderson trapped him leg-before by swinging one into the right-hander after four consecutive deliveries which swung away.
Du Plessis joined Malan at the crease, and the two looked to frustrate England.
The skipper worked his way to 19 with little incident but would rue his decision to opt for the aggressive route against the young spinner, Dominic Bess, as he swept straight to Joe Denly at square leg. Malan, who was more circumspect at the other end, continued in his measured approach reaching 83 as he and Rassie van der Dussen (1*) ook South Africa to lunch at 170-4.
The post-lunch session brought early joy for the visitors, who took another big wicket – removing Malan for 84 as he edged Sam Curran to Ben Stokes at first slip.
Van der Dussen – who played a very patient innings – was joined by Quinton de Kock, who wasn’t shy of playing his shots. The pair took South Africa to tea, with the wicketkeeper-batsman overtaking his former Lions teammate to reach his 19th half-century.
With a draw looking highly possible, de Kock was undone by a rank half-tracker from part-timer, Denly, as he found Zak Crawley at midwicket.
The Proteas were on 237-6, and van der Dussen was out without further additions to that total for an extraordinary 17 off 140 balls.
It was then Stokes’ turn to work his magic with the ball, as he accounted for the scalps of Dwaine Pretorius and Anrich Nortje in successive balls with neither batsman registering a run.
The last man in was Kagiso Rabada, who stuck around briefly with Vernon Philander – who was playing his final game at Newlands.
However, it was the retiring all-rounder who would become Stokes’ third victim as England clinched victory to place themselves in good stead ahead of the third Test in Port Elizabeth.