South Africa in Sri Lanka, 2004 June 30, 2004

Hayward and Klusener recalled to Test squad

Wisden Cricinfo staff



Lance Klusener: back in the Test squad © Getty Images

Mornantau Hayward and Lance Klusener were recalled as South Africa announced the Test and one-day squads to tour Sri Lanka in August. But there were no seats on the plane for Neil McKenzie, Paul Adams or Andrew Hall, who recently denied rumours he was about to quit international cricket. There was, however, a spot in the one-day squad for the uncapped Jean-Paul Duminy.

Hayward, who is 27, has been playing for Middlesex alongside Klusener and has represented his country in 14 Tests, the last of which was against Pakistan in January 2003. He recently went back on his decision to quit international cricket, and was included in the Test squad, but will return home when the one-dayers start.

Klusener, 32, is another who has had his differences with the South African board in the past, and has had to wait almost three years since he played the last of his 48 Tests against Australia at Melbourne in December 2001. He was named in both the Test and one-day squads.

Duminy, a 20-year-old left-handed batsman, was a member of the Under-19 team which toured England last year, and has played only 10 first-class matches for Western Province. He and Alan Dawson, the fast bowler, will join up with the one-day squad at the expense of Hayward and Boeta Dippenaar.

Omar Henry, South Africa's chief selector, said that he was pleased with both squads, and delighted to have Hayward and Klusener back. "It's great to have Nantie back and hopefully he can pick up where he left off when he last played for South Africa," said Henry. "His experience in the UK will be an asset as the lengths he will need to bowl in Sri Lanka are pretty similar to those in England. He brings real pace and aggression to the attack."

On Klusener, Henry said: "His experience and previous success in the subcontinent will be invaluable, he also brings great variety with the ball which will be critical on the pitches in Sri Lanka."

The first of the two Test starts on August 4 at Galle, and the first of the five one-day internationals will be played on August 20 at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Test squad Graeme Smith (capt), Mark Boucher, Nicky Boje, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Nantie Hayward, Jacques Kallis, Lance Klusener, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterson, Shaun Pollock, Jacques Rudolph, Martin van Jaarsveld.

ODI squad Graeme Smith (capt), Mark Boucher, Nicky Boje, Alan Dawson, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Lance Klusener, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterson, Shaun Pollock, Jacques Rudolph, Martin van Jaarsveld.

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