Cape Town: Allan Donald, Neil McKenzie, Boeta Dippenaar and Makhaya Ntini are back in the South African cricket team, which will meet New Zealand in the first Test at the Goodyearpark in Bloemfontein, starting on Friday. The South African squad will be without Jonty Rhodes, whose request to play only in One-day Internationals was granted by the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) last week. McKenzie has taken his place.
Donald, who has returned to South African cricket after a lengthy absence during which he was involved with county cricket in Warwickshire in England, will try to take his 300th Test wicket. Rushdie Magiet, the convener of the national selection committee, said that the team would be retained for the second Test and changes would be considered for the third and final Test. He also said Nicky Boje is the top player at the moment and that Paul Adams would have to win back some self-confidence before he could be considered for the national side again.
The team: Gary Kirsten, Jacques Kallis, Boeta Dippenaar, Nicky Boje, Allan Donald, Daryll Cullinan, Neil McKenzie, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock (captain) Mark Boucher (vice-captain), Makhaya Ntini. 12th man: Shafiek Abrahams.
India Abroad News Service