South Africa news January 5, 2010

Makhaya Ntini believes Test career not over

Cricinfo staff

As speculation grows over whether Makhaya Ntini's future lies with a county in England, the South African fast bowler has said he believed his Test career was not finished.

"I believe I have more Test cricket ahead of me," Ntini said. "I am going to concentrate on getting back into the Test team." A spokesperson for the fast bowler also told SAPA that Ntini had not signed a Kolpak contract.

Ntini, the first black cricketer to play for his country, was dropped for the ongoing Cape Town Test against England and there were reports linking him to Middlesex, a move that would have effectively ended his national prospects.

Ntini celebrated his 100th Test appearance in the first match of the series against England at Centurion. However, he took only 2 for 119 and his retention for the Durban Test at Friedel de Wet's expense was criticised. Ntini went wicketless at Kingsmead and was axed for the third Test.