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Pocket it next time son, advises Gibbs Senior

Herschelle Gibbs, whose dropped-catch blunder against Australia wrecked South Africa's chance of an easy route to the cricket World Cup f...

Herschelle Gibbs, whose dropped-catch blunder against Australia wrecked South Africa’s chance of an easy route to the cricket World Cup final, denied here on Tuesday that he had been show-boating. Coach Bob Woolmer, however, wasn’t so sure. “I said to Herschelle afterwards: `I love you, but if you do that again I’ll batter you from here to kingdom come”’, Woolmer revealed. “He’s learned a lesson — a lesson in life and a lesson in cricket. He won’t do it again.”

Gibbs, 25, turned from hero to instant villain on Sunday when, after scoring a century, he dropped Waugh on 56. Waugh went on to make an unbeaten 120 as Australia won the last Super Six game with two balls to spare.

Gibbs took the catch at mid-wicket off Lance Klusener’s bowling but then fumbled the ball as he appeared to be in the act of throwing it over his shoulder in his trademark celebration routine.

“I have got a tendency to do that,” Gibbs admitted on Tuesday. “But I didn’t have control of the ball then.” Gibbs blamed it on aninjured right middle-finger, suffered while batting. “After I got hit, the physio brought on the spray and that numbed the finger,” he said. “When the catch went up it was almost as though my hand didn’t want to close. I couldn’t really feel the ball in my hand and before I knew it the ball was on the ground.”Next time he holds a catch, Gibbs said, he would try to hold on to the ball longer. Gibbs’ father Herman, meanwhile, advised his son on the phone from Cape Town: “Put the ball in your pocket next time you take a catch and don’t take it out until the batsman has gone.”

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