Nel's wedding date clashes with Test
Andre Nel was so far out of South Africa's Test mix last year that he set his wedding day for January 17, the Saturday afternoon of the fourth Test against the West Indies.india Updated: Jan 06, 2004 02:23 IST
Fast bowler Andre Nel was so far out of South Africa's Test mix last year that he set his wedding day for January 17, the Saturday afternoon of the fourth Test against the West Indies.
Now Nel is in a dilemma. He has been one of South Africa's stars in the series, with 16 wickets after the first innings of the current third Test -- making him certain to be picked for the fourth and final Test starting at Centurion on January 16.
Meanwhile, he has booked a venue and paid a non-refundable deposit for his wedding to Deanne Weitz at 4:30 pm the following day.
"It's not cut and dried," said South African coach Eric Simons, speaking of the planned nuptials.
"I've discussed it with him (Nels) a few times and hopefully he can put it out by a few hours."
Fortunately for Nel, Centurion is less than an hour's drive from his home, east of Johannesburg.
"It's a bit surprising," admitted Simons when asked how a contracted player could have allowed such a clash to arise.
Nel 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 birth of their respective first children.
Marriage, though, may be regarded by Nel's employers as a feast that should be moveable.