Johannesburg: The South African national cricket squad that arrived home on Saturday after a long spell in the West Indies is looking forward to its first winter rest in two years, but for seven members of the squad that rest may be delayed a little longer.
Captain Shaun Pollock, Allan Donald, Jonty Rhodes, Gary Kirsten, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher and Darryl Cullinan have all been invited to be part of a World XI to play at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on July 28.
The match will be part of a benefit year for former South African cricketer Clive Rice.
There was still uncertainty about whether Klusener would be able to participate in the match. He returned earlier than the rest of the team after an injury in the West Indies. Team manager Goolam Rajah said Klusener needed some rest to recover.
Other team members told the Afrikaans weekly 'Rapport' how they would spend their winter break. Cullinan will not really get a break because he left directly after the West Indian tour to play for Kent in the English county league.
Donald joined his wife and family in Britain, where he will shortly appear on Sky-TV as a commentator in the Ashes between England and Australia. Gary Kirsten will be touring Europe with his wife, and Roger Telemachus also wants to go on holiday to Holland.
Most of the others, like Herschelle Gibbs, will be playing a lot of golf and working out in the gymnasium. Boeta Dippenaar and Lance Klusener will go fishing, as they did in the West Indies while many of their teammates resorted to other leisure time activities.