South Africa likely to retain 1st Test team

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2001, 22:29 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: South Africa was planning to retain the same side that won the Bloemfontein Test against India in the second Test commencing from Friday. There is a certain interest for the number five batting slot with Boeta Dippennar being handed a challenge in the form of young left-hander Jacques Rudolph, who has been included in the squad. Dippenaar, while welcoming the challenge, said he was not going to concede his position easily to anyone. There was slight confusion in the home camp with paceman Mornantu Hayward said to be suffering from a mystery virus and being sent to a doctor for a check-up. Hayward was later declared to be fully fit. "It was obvious he was not at all well so I sent him off to a doctor to find out what it is," said team physiotherapist Craig Smith. "It seemed to be some kind of virus. I suspected it might be food poisoning... I decided to play it safe and sent him to a doctor for a check-up." The teams (from): India: Saurav Ganguly (captain), Shiv Sunder Das, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, Virendra Sehwag, Deep Dasgupta, Ajit Agarkar, Ashish Nehra, Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan. South Africa: Shaun Pollock (captain), Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Neil McKenzie, Boeta Dippenaar, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher, Nicky Boje, Jacques Rudolph, Makhaya Ntini and Mornantau Hayward. Umpires: Ian Howell and Russel Tiffin. Third umpire: Rudi Koertzen. Match Referee: Mike Denness.
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