Donald left out of South African One-day squad

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2001, 20:45 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Star South African fast bowler Allan Donald was left out of a 12-man squad named on Monday night to play in the first two matches of a triangular One-day International series against India and Kenya.The 12 players picked for matches against India in Johannesburg on Friday and Kenya in Benoni on Sunday were all part of South Africa's crushing 3-0 One-day series win against Zimbabwe in September. Selection convenor Rushdi Magiet said 34-year-old Donald and left-arm spinner Nicky Boje, who missed the tour of Zimbabwe, were short of match practice. Both will play for the Free State team in the first round of domestic four-day games starting on Friday before being considered for the national team again. Donald, South Africa's leading wicket taker in Tests and One-day Internationals, withdrew from the Zimbabwe tour because of flu while Boje is recovering from surgery to his left shoulder. Another star player sent back to provincial cricket was fast bowler Mfuneko Ngam, who was withdrawn on medical advice from the South Africa 'A' team to play India in Benoni on Wednesday. The 22-year-old was replaced by fellow paceman Mornantau Hayward, who played six Tests between 1999 and 2000. Ngam, South Africa's fastest bowler when he made his International debut last season, had surgery to his right shoulder during the off- season. Although he is able to bowl, he has been told not to throw in from the boundary for another few weeks. Ngam, who was on Monday night named one of five cricketers of the year at the launch of the South African cricket annual, will play for the Eastern Province team in a four-day game starting on Friday. Also named as cricketers of the year were Boje, South African captain Shaun Pollock, fast bowler Makhaya Ntini and batsman Neil McKenzie. Ngam and Ntini are the first black African cricketers to win the award. Jonty Rhodes will lead a South African squad in the revived Hong Kong Sixes tournament from November 9 to 11. The tournament clashes with South Africa's Test series against India so players likely to play in the Tests were not considered. Rhodes has retired from Test cricket but remains available for One-day games. The squads for matches against India in Johannesburg on Friday and Kenya in Benoni on Sunday: Squad: South Africa Shaun Pollock (captain), Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Neil McKenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher (wicket- keeper), Justin Kemp, Claude Henderson, Makhaya Ntini and Andre Nel. South Africa 'A' against India in Benoni on Wednesday:HD Ackerman (captain), Boeta Dippenaar, Gerald Dros, Mornantau Hayward, Justin Kemp, Jon Kent, Charl Langeveldt, Justin Ontong, Jacques Rudolph, Roger Telemachus, Thami Tsolikile and Martin van Jaarsveld. South African squad for Hong Kong Sixes played from November 9 to 11: Jonty Rhodes (captain), Steve Elworthy, Derek Crookes, Loots Bosman, Alfonso Thomas, Andrew Hall and Henry Williams.

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