South African cricketers link up with Sonny Bill Williams ahead of facing Black Caps

Sonny Bill Williams has caught up with a trio of South African cricketers in the country to face the Black Caps.
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Sonny Bill Williams has caught up with a trio of South African cricketers in the country to face the Black Caps.

The sporting connections of Sonny Bill Williams stretch across a variety of codes, including cricket it appears.

In the country to face the Black Caps across all three formats, a trio of South African cricketers caught up with the star All Blacks and Blues midfielder ahead of the lone T20 at Eden Park on Friday night.

Williams posted a photo on social media on Monday with classy batsman Hashim Amla, seamer Wayne Parnell and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, captioning the picture "always good catching up with the brothers when in town".

Asked about the picture on Thursday, Tahir indicated the feeling was certainly mutual.

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"Every time we are here Sonny always comes to see us," the world's No 1-ranked ODI and T20 bowler said.

"He is a very kind man and I have lot of respect for him, it was lovely to see him again. I wish I could have muscles like him.

"I'm really pleased and happy with what he has achieved in his life. He's just an unbelievable guy ... a wonderful human being."

All four sportsmen practice the Muslim religion and Tahir said he met Williams two years ago through his friendship with Amla.

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Tahir added his admiration for Williams, who has played 33 tests for the All Blacks and also played for the Kiwis league team, in the NRL and been involved in a number of professional boxing bouts, had been sparked by the first time the pair crossed paths.

"[For] the amount of respect he has and what a big name he is in the world he is very down to earth man.

"When I first met him first I was shaking because he was walking with us in an Auckland street and you could see people's reaction, I was blown away by that.

"He stopped for everyone and took pictures and everything. I've never seen someone that famous but he is a great guy, great human being and good friend."

Following Friday's match, the South African cricket side also face New Zealand in five one-day internationals and three tests.

 - Stuff

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