Cricket World Cup star was ‘inspired to century’ by girl he bedded night before

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    The Cricket World Cup often brings out the best of the sport's greatest players as they look to lead their nation to glory.

    However, it appears some more than others have to seek inspiration, and one player in particular found it underneath the covers of his hotel bed the night before a game.

    Former South Africa opening batsman and infamous cricket bad boy Herschelle Gibbs dished the dirt in his autobiography ‘To The Point’ where he told the story how he felt ‘inspired’ by the hotel worker he slept with the night before, he wrote: “I just knew I was going to get a century. Perhaps the girl lying in bed beside me had inspired me.

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    “She worked at the hotel, where I had befriended her. I guess she was my lucky charm — she certainly was when it came to my batting. I just wish her powers had extended to my fielding and the bladdy dropped catch.”

    His notorious bad boy reputation saw him also open a tin of worms on an orgy he had with a fellow team-mate, he poetically wrote: “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.”

    What’s your favourite Herschelle Gibbs story? Let us know in the comments section.

    Gibbs made his South Africa ODI debut in 1996 before picking up his first test cap just a month later. During his 14-year career, he also became the first batsman to hit six sixes in one over in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

    However, his off-field behaviour is also well known too. In 2001, he admitted to team manager Goolam Rajah that he, alongside other members of the South Africa squad, smoked marijuana to celebrate winning a test series in West Indies.

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