Thursday, March 20, 2008

Langeveldt gets replaced by Zondeki

By Ilhaam Hoosain
20 March 2008

Fast bowler Monde Zondeki has been called up to replace Charl Langeveldt in the South African Test squad to tour India.

The 25-year-old is the leading wicket-taker in South African first-class cricket this season with 62 wickets taken at an average of 19.16.

One of his best performances was when he took six five-wicket hauls and one of 10 wickets in a match.

He has also played five Test matches and toured Australia with the South African ODI squad.

“Monde has shown outstanding form this season to establish himself as the leading bowler in the domestic game. His form for the South African A side has also been outstanding,” says selection convener Joubert Strydom.

He added that Zondeki has made a good recovery from the injury that sidelined him for part of the MTN Domestic Championship campaign and is back to full match fitness.

Zondeki said he was overjoyed to hear of his selection. “It is nice to be rewarded for all the hard work I have put in this season.I wasn’t expecting it quite yet but I will grab every opportunity that I get,” he commented.

He goes on to say that he toured Sri Lanka in 2005, so he does have some experience of the conditions on the sub-continent.

Langeveldt was withdrawn from the touring team at his own request.

The Proteas leave for India on Friday and the first Test starts at Chennai Wednesday the 26th of March 2008.



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