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Ntini dropped, SA in to bat

2010-01-03 12:31

Cape Town - England won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat on the first day of the third Test against South Africa at Newlands on Sunday.

Fast bowler Makhaya Ntini was dropped from the South African team and replaced by Friedel de Wet.

Light rain delayed the start by half an hour and skipper Andrew Strauss' decision was probably influenced by damp and heavily overcast conditions.

Ntini's omission had been widely expected after the 101-Test veteran performed poorly in the first two Tests of the series, which England lead 1-0.

Ntini did not participate in the South African team's pre-match warm- ups.

A report in the London Sunday Telegraph claimed Ntini, 32, intended to announce his retirement from international cricket and that he had signed a pre-contract agreement to play for English county Middlesex as a Kolpak player.

Cricket South Africa media spokesman Michael Owen-Smith said he was unaware of Ntini reaching an agreement with Middlesex.

"He is contracted to Cricket South Africa which means he cannot sign any contracts without CSA's agreement," he said.

England announced the same team that won the second Test in Durban by an innings and 98 runs, with Paul Collingwood passed fit after suffering a dislocated left index finger in Durban.

Teams:

South Africa (from): Graeme Smith (captain), Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher (wkt), Paul Harris, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Friedel de Wet.

England: Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wkt), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Graham Onions.

Umpires: Daryl Harper (AUS), Tony Hill (NZL)

TV umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK).

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI).

AFP

Comments
  • Dipsy - 2010-01-03 12:59

    So the selectors still persist with Prince as an opener....when will they ever learn....when will they eve....r learn .....as the song goes ...:)

  • Chris S - 2010-01-03 13:27

    Wishing Ntini the very best on his future Let us never ever forget his giant input into our Nation's Cricket history

  • Steadfast - 2010-01-03 14:17

    Good luck with new path. What Ntini will find is that the decent coaching in UK he will be in better form soon.

  • Matt - 2010-01-03 15:06

    Selectors and Smith are cant do anything right - Smith were is that "intensity" you always bragging about! Duminy must be next on the list to be dropped - he cant even make 1 run in 2 innings - I dont think any international player in the world has done what he has done - he has no mental toughness at all - what a same we looking like a complete mess in every department. Coaching needs the boot - we need to completely restructure from top to bottom!

  • Sanjeer - 2010-01-03 15:37

    Again, race plays a part in sport selection. Why is it that the underperforming white players are still there bit Ntini gets dropped???

  • Bheki - 2010-01-03 17:20

    The entire squad played pathetically in Durban. I would have expected big changes for the Third Test match. What have Smith and Prince done to keep their places in squad. I find it heartening to learn that SA's below par performance in Durban in squarely blamed on Makhaya.

  • Bheki - 2010-01-03 17:54

    The entire squad played pathetically in Durban. I would have expected big changes for the Third Test match. What have Smith and Prince done to keep their places in squad. I find it heartening to learn that SA's below par performance in Durban in squarely blamed on Makhaya.

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