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November 1, 2005
Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje, who yesterday both withdrew from South Africa's tour to India, have been dropped from the 13-man squad announced to play the last two ODIs against New Zealand this weekend.
Andrew Hall and Albie Morkel have been called-up as replacements as South Africa look to complete a 5-0 series win. Gibbs and Boje pulled out of the India tour, which starts later this month, because they received no assurance that they would not be arrested on arrival in the country due to match-fixing allegations.
South Africa's convenor of selectors Haroon Lorgat explained the decision to drop the pair: "It's rather unfortunate, but we needed to face reality, make the tough decisions and look ahead at our tour of India. Ideally we need to slot in our replacements now, re-define roles in the absence of the two established players, and ready ourselves for India."
Boeta Dippenaar was ruled out after undergoing a wrist operation last night.
South Africa squad for 4th and 5th ODIs Graeme Smith (capt), Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Albie Morkel, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince, Jacques Rudolph.
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