Herschelle Gibbs reveals sex exploits
South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs scored about as much off the pitch as he did with his bat
His new autobiography, To The Point, includes descriptions of sexual encounters in which Gibbs and other players took part, including one with a young girl attending a Matric dance and a hotel-room orgy involving three girls.
Gibbs writes: "Two beds, two cricketers and three women. One of them wasn't all that keen, though; she just lay on the bed. Which was fine - there was enough for everyone. The other two girls, however, more than made a go of it.
"I got the ball rolling, but then I noticed that my mate was feeling a little left out. Now he's lying on the other bed, so, big-hearted chap that I am, I say, 'Well, you can't leave my mate all alone there'. And fortunately one of them was only too happy to transfer ship."
There were always women: "They came hunting in packs, and if they liked what they saw, you were in for the ride of your life".
During the same tour, the Sunday Times reports, Gibbs writes about bumping into a girl on her way to a Matric dance: "I spotted one particularly gorgeous girl, obviously dressed to the nines, walking around the hotel lobby".
"After a few drinks and a few words, she came upstairs with me to my room and gave me a little dance of another kind. She then left and went back to the dance proper."
The book also lays bare Gibbs's legendary propensity for getting himself into trouble.
"As you now know, I've managed to land myself in the k*k with alarming regularity right from the start of my cricket career.
"A stint in rehab for alcohol abuse and a messy divorce would be more than enough controversy for most professional athletes, but, with me, that wasn't the half of it."
His marriage to Tenielle Povey ended in 2008, but not before his drunken ways got really nasty.
One incident he reveals is: "We were physically fighting while I was driving ... I managed to pull some of her hair out".
And he concedes: "As explosive as my batting can be, it hasn't quite matched the pyrotechnics of my life off the field".
Today, he says, the wild drinking is under control. "I don't enjoy it as much as I used to," he said. "I no longer drink for the sake of it."
Many of his problems had to do with the booze, he admitted in an interview yesterday.
"I have only one drink now and find I can have fun without it too."
The book also deals with other "controversies", including match fixing and dagga smoking by some of the players.
"I went through a lot in life and I want people to read my side of the story," he told the Sunday Times in an interview this week.
The book was previewed in the Sunday Times. It hits bookshops today.