Gibbs dropped for next two Tests
The out of form batsman was dropped from the South African team for the next two Tests against New Zealand following a string of low scores in Test cricket.india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 11:31 IST
Out of form batsman Herschelle Gibbs was dropped from the South African team for the next two Tests against New Zealand following a string of low scores in the longer version of the game.
Gibbs would be given a break in order to allow him to recover his batting form, convenor of the selection committee Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.
"Herschelle and I had a meeting and we agreed that a break and a fresh start next season will do him a world of good", Lorgat said.
The second Test starts at Newlands, Cape Town, on April 27.
Medium pacer Garnett Kruger has also been omitted to reduce the squad from 16 to 14.
"Garnett is most unfortunate to have picked up a shoulder strain when he was set to play in the first Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion. With the outstanding performances of Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn in this match, and with Andre Nel in reserve, we have decided to release him", Lorgat said.
No replacements would be made for the two players.
"At the start of the series we had carried an unusually large squad of 16 players. This was designed to take into account the fact that there was no domestic cricket being played. There were also many public holidays in April, and we needed to keep the squad together.
"With one Test completed, we are now able to reduce the squad to 14 players and will reduce it further to 13 for the last Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg."
Gibbs' place in the final eleven is expected to go to Hashim Amla, an Indian-origin player who played a Test in Kolkata more than a year ago.