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Gibbs hopes the best is still to come

South Africa's opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday by saying he expects to get better with age.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2004 10:50 IST

South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday by saying he expects to get better with age.

"It's just a number you know. I still feel like I'm 24, 25," said Gibbs, who has 4,694 one-day runs from 146 matches.

"From a cricketing point of view guys tend to play their best cricket when they're 30 and above, so hopefully the best years are still to come."

He said his birthday celebrations would be put on hold until Tuesday night after South Africa's fourth one-day international against New Zealand at Carisbrook.

New Zealand leads the six-match series 2-1.

Gibbs showed glimpses of his best form in Wellington on Friday, smashing 69 off 64 balls before offering a soft catch off Scott Styris as his team went on to lose by five runs.

He felt his balance at the crease was returning and he was hitting the ball as well as ever, a dangerous sign for New Zealand's bowlers with Carisbrook's short side boundaries.

"The last time we played here the wicket was very good and hopefully the ball will come on well," said Gibbs.

"The size of the boundaries have never really been an issue for me. I like to think I can match it with the biggest."

First Published: Feb 23, 2004 10:50 IST