Kirsten, Cullinan in SA's preliminary World Cup team

Published: Saturday, November 30, 2002, 22:54 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Daryll Cullinan, the batsman who walked out on the South African Test team last season, was on Saturday included in a 30-man preliminary squad for the 2003 World Cup to be played in South Africa.

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But the chances of Cullinan making the final 15-man squad for the tournament, which starts in Cape Town on February 9, look slim after a powerful performance by South Africa in the second One-day International against Sri Lanka at Centurion Friday.Boeta Dippenaar, 10 years Cullinan's junior, made 89 in the number four position once occupied by the veteran batsman.Another veteran, Gary Kirsten, was also named in the preliminary squad but he too saw his chances recede as rival opener Graeme Smith hit 99 to set up a comprehensive 177-run for South Africa.Omar Henry, convenor of the South African selectors, said both Cullinan and Kirsten were players whose experience could be valuable.

Cullinan has not played for South Africa since his controversial withdrawal over a contract dispute in March but he played for South Africa 'A' against the Sri Lankans last weekend after apologising to the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA).There are no major surprises in the preliminary squad, although Dale Benkenstein, a batsman who was a member of the 1999 World Cup squad and who played in the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in Sri Lanka in September, was not picked.Nor was all-rounder Justin Kemp, who was regarded as a potential star but who has lost form.The squad includes 10 black or coloured players.

The UCBSA, under pressure from the government over its decision to abandon racial quotas at national and senior provincial level, has set a target of having five "players of colour" in the World Cup squad.Probables: Shaun Pollock (captain), Nicky Boje, Loots Bosman, Mark Boucher, Daryll Cullinan, Alan Dawson, Boeta Dippenaar, Allan Donald, Steve Elworthy, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Mornantau Hayward, Jacques Kallis, Gary Kirsten, Lance Klusener, Charl Langeveldt, Neil McKenzie, Makhaya Ntini, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Ashwell Prince, Jonty Rhodes, Jacques Rudolph, Graeme Smith, Errol Stewart, Roger Telemachus, David Terbrugge, Thami Tsolekile, Martin van Jaarsveld and Monde Zondeki.

AFP Copyright AFP 2001

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