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Lance Klusener

Given his transformation into a top-class batting all-rounder, it is hard to believe that Klusener was once a fast bowler.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2003 00:08 IST
PTI

 Date of Birth: 4 September 1971, Durban, Natal
 Test Debut: Against India at Calcutta in 1996/97
 ODI Debut: Against England at East London in 1995/96
 Bats: Left Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right Arm Fast Medium
 

Given his transformation into a top-class batting all-rounder, it is hard to believe that Klusener was once a fast bowler who could be relied on for a few runs in the lower order.

"Zulu" made his international debut in 1996 but rose to prominence when his powerful hitting and run-scoring saw him crowned Player of the Tournament at the 1999 World Cup.

Despite an average in excess of 40 in South Africa's lower middle-order, Klusener's selection for this year's World Cup was touch and go after struggling recently with form.

But a 50 on his return against Sri Lanka in December was enough to earn the former Wisden Cricketer of the Year a reprieve.

With the ball, the 31-year-old has lost some pace since undergoing knee surgery at the beginning of 2001, but remains an asset in the seam attack, increasingly relying on the off-cutter to take wickets.

He has taken five five-wicket hauls during his one-day international career with his best figures of six for 49 coming back in 1997 against Sri Lanka.

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First Published: Jan 24, 2003 22:09 IST