Ace pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe is touted as a very valuable find for the South African team. And a couple of burglars who happened upon his neighbourhood in Port Elizabeth thought the same of his house.
The thieves broke into the residence and made off with personal goods like CDs, DVDs, a laptop and jewellery worth a cumulative amount of 50,000 rand. But they were stopped in their tracks by the local police who recovered the stolen goods and arrested the pair.
The incident took place on Wednesday night at the 24-year-old's home in Lynn Street, Bluewater Bay, as reported by captain Johann Neethling of the Swartkops Police.
"The men were hiding in a bush when we arrived at the scene. We found them and locked them up," said Neethling.
Tsotsobe, who will play in the fourth one-dayer against India on Friday, was staying with his parents when the incident happened.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith said on behalf of the left-arm seamer that the police are handling the investigation."He wasn't at home, nobody was hurt and the police recovered all the items and returned them to him," said Owen-Smith.
Team India for its part, will be hoping to "steal" some runs of Tsotsobe in the upcoming match, as thus far the bowler has been very miserly and difficult to get away.