SA decide to bat against India in Durban

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Durban:South Africa in a surprise move decided to bat first on greentop Kingsmead against India in the second Test here today

South Africa, who are under pressure after losing the Joburg Test, were without the injured Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn.

Steyn failed a fitness test on his thigh but Kallis was a surprise omission after feeling shooting pain in his spine in the morning.

Andrew Hall and debutant Morne Morkel replaced them in the line-up for the hosts, who are 1-0 down in the series.

India are unchanged from the side that won the opening Test in Johannesburg.


South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Andrew Hall, AB de Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Hashim Amla, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk), Shaun Pollock, Morne Morkel, Andre Nel and Makhaya Ntini

India: Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Dhoni (wk), Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth and Vikram Singh

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and Mark Benson (Eng)

Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama (SL)


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