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Nel puts off wedding bells

Andre Nel has put off his wedding for two hours to be able to put in a full day's work on January 17, the Saturday afternoon of the fourth Test against the West Indies.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2004 01:50 IST

South African fast bowler Andre Nel has put off his wedding for two hours to be able to put in a full day's work on January 17, the Saturday afternoon of the fourth Test against the West Indies.

Nel told the SAPA news agency on Friday that he would now get hitched at 6:30 pm (1630 GMT).

"It's been a pretty confusing and difficult time for us, but I am very pleased we were able to find an alternative time," he said.

"I am fully committed to playing in the Test match and will be giving my usual 100 percent on the field throughout," he said, adding that Deanne Weitz, his wife-to-be, had "been very understanding and supportive throughout the whole issue."

Nel said he would be unfazed if play continued beyond the scheduled time of 5:30 pm on the D-day, quipping: "For once the groom might be late for the wedding!"

Coach Eric Simons was jubilant. "It's good news all round. Nel has been a key man in our attack and it will be good to be able to select from the full squad."

Nel, who has been in top form in the series, taking 17 wickets at 22.47 in the three Test matches, is one of the United Cricket Board's contracted players -- and has been since last May -- so is bound to be available whenever South Africa need him on the cricket field.

Three times in the past seven months, contracted players have missed Tests for family reasons.

Jacques Kallis missed the first two Tests in England last July and August because of the illness and death of his father, while Shaun Pollock and Gary Kirsten both pulled out of matches to attend the births of their first children.

First Published: Jan 09, 2004 20:55 IST