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Gibbs best option for openers slot

Published: Thursday, December 28, 2000, 22:15 [IST]
 
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Durban: Former South African cricket captain and national selector Kepler Wessels says the selectors now have no choice but to include Herschelle Gibbs as the opening batsman in the country's second Test against Sri Lanka, which starts in Cape Town on January 2. "Herschelle was very lucky to be suspended for only six months. But now he is the best available opening batsman and the selectors must choose him," Wessels told the South African daily 'Sport Beeld'. He was commenting after Gibbs had played two stunning innings of 105 and 90 in-a-row in provincial games, even as current first choice opener Boeta Dippenaar failed to perform in the first Test between the two sides that started on Tuesday. Dippenaar was out for just 11 runs in the South African first innings. Gibbs has been out of the national team since June after the King Commission of Inquiry into match-fixing banned him from international cricket for six months for colluding with former captain Hansie Cronje in match-fixing and betting deals. The ban ends on December 31, opening the way for his inclusion in the squad for the second Test. Wessels said Dippenaar would fare better batting in the middle order. "As long as Boeta battles with his technique when executing a defensive stroke, we cannot use him as an opening batsman," he said, adding that Dippenaar had already been battling with this for three months now. "I have told Corrie (van Zyl), the South African assistant coach, about this. The problem does not seem to have been ironed out. Either he is not getting enough opportunities to sort out the problem, or they are having difficulty to sort out the technical hitches," Wessels said, adding that he had no doubt about Dippenaar's class, but he hoped that the batsman would sort out his technical deficiencies in the off-season. The issue is posing a major headache for the selectors. Despite his poor performance on Tuesday, Dippenaar scored his maiden Test century in the third Test against New Zealand at the Wanderers in Johannesburg last month. The selectors will obviously face a barrage of discontent from supporters and the media if they take a drastic decision based on just his latest performance. Gibbs hit 105 in a provincial game at the Wanderers as opening batsman, and last Friday he scored 90 of 75 balls against an Eastern Province bowling attack that is considered to be of international standard. India Abroad News Service

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