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Thatscricket - News - Nel most likely to fill Donald's boots

Published: Thursday, June 7, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: Having been "robbed" of more turnouts during the recent South African tour of the West Indies, Allan Donald's appearance in the games has thinned to a great extent and Andre Nel may finally get the chance to replace his hero in the Zimbabwean tour that starts in September.Commentators here believe that South African selectors have three choices to replace Donald in the Test side for the Zimbabwe tour - the first of the new season - but that Nel is the best choice at present, especially after his exceptional Test debut in his only game in the West Indies.The other contenders are Nantie Hayward, whose performance of late has been disappointing, and Mfuneko Ngam, who is recovering from injury. Hayward and Ngam are regarded by some to be the third and fourth fastest bowlers in the world.The United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) gave Hayward a two-year contract after he performed excellently in his debut against England, but he dropped form after that. But national squad coach Graham Ford said he was confident of turning things around. He said Hayward had great talent and potential, and would be spending the winter at the training academy to get in form as he puts the past season behind him.Ngam, who was acclaimed as the best find of the past season, impressed with his performance in the South African 'A' side tour of the West Indies, but missed out on the national Test and One-day International series there because of injury. He is expected to be rested for the Zimbabwe tour so that he can be at his best for the Indian and Australian visit towards the end of the year.IANS

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