South Africans sitting pretty compared to Indians

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2001, 22:21 [IST]
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Bloemfontein: Blessed with a number of quality all-rounder's, the South Africans seem to be sitting pretty with their choice of team composition unlike the Indians, who are undecided on the bowling composition as yet. Jacques Kallis, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Nicky Boje all are excellent performers both with the bat and the ball and, what is more important, they are all in fine touch. Openers Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs are also in terrific form. The brilliant performance of young Boeta Dippenaar in his short Test career has made the South Africans spoilt for choice. The home team is most likely to go in with a five-pronged pace attack to extract the maximum out of the pitch which has come in for a lot of controversy after coach Graham Ford moaned the fact that it had not been prepared keeping the hosts' interests in mind. However, chief groundsman of the Goodyear Park, Nico Pretorius has allayed such fears and even hoped that Mornantu Hayward would be able to record the fastest ball of the year on this pitch. The South Africans have deliberately kept Hayward under wraps, away from the Indians, and are banking on this Eastern Province speedster to make up for the absence of veteran Allan Donald and the fiery Mfunenko Ngam, both of whom have pulled out of the series because of injuries. The teams (from): India: Saurav Ganguly (captain), Shiv Sunder Das, Connor Williams, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, Sameer Dighe, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Deep Dasgupta, Virender Sehwag, Ajit Agarkar and Venkatesh Prasad. South Africa: Shaun Pollock (captain), Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, Boeta Dippennaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Mornantau Hayward, Jacques Kallis, Lance Klusener, Gary Kirsten, Charl Langeveldt, Neil McKenzie and Makhaya Ntini. Extras:
Dravid fit for Test series: Dalmiya
Ill-prepared India faces SA in 1st Test
Our preparation has been peculiar: Wright

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