Rhodes, Donald ~~available~~ for Tests

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2001, 21:40 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Jonty Rhodes will return to playing for South Africa in Test cricket and Darryl Cullinan has not been offered a contract for next year. This was announced by the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) at a media conference here on Wednesday. Rhodes, who apologised for not being able to attend personally because his daughter was ill in Durban, said in a statement that he was grateful to the UCBSA for having acceded to his request last year to play only in One-day Internationals and not in Test cricket because of the toll it was taking on his family. "However, the UCBSA has subsequently found it quite difficult to assign me a particular category for contract purposes, as it has never really had to deal with the issue of players choosing one form of the game over the other. To simplify matters, I have agreed at the UCBSA's request, to make myself available for Test cricket once again, Rhodes said. "I do not feel that I am going back on my original decision, as the selectors and the UCBSA have assured me that they will only use me as the ultimate last resort, so realistically, there is very little chance of me ever playing Test cricket again," he said. "I would like to reiterate that I am not returning to Test cricket, but this decision is to help the UCBSA solve certain issues that have arisen with my choosing to be available only for the One-day version of the game," Rhodes added. UCBSA CEO Gerald Majola said that both Rhodes and Allan Donald had indicated their preference to play only One-day Internationals. "Although the preference has been accepted by the UCBSA and the national selectors, both players have agreed that they will be available for Test selection if needed," Majola said. "Darryl Cullinan has not been offered a contract because he has indicated that he is only available for Test selection, due to commitments with the English county club Kent. We will discuss his future in South African cricket when he returns, because Darryl has shown himself to be a valuable member of the South African team in the West Indian tour," Majola said. The 19 players who have been offered UCBSA contracts for the next year are Shaun Pollock (captain), Mark Boucher (vice-captain), Paul Adams, Nicky Boje, Allan Donald, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Mornantau Hayward, Justin Kemp, Jacques Kallis, Gary Kirsten, Lance Klusener, Neil McKenzie, Andre Nel, Mfuneko Ngam, Makhaya Ntini, Justin Ontong, Jonty Rhodes and Roger Telemachus. The announcement put an end to speculation that Donald may not be back next season due to his repeated injuries in the last several months. 

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