South Africa go into Thursday's opening match of their Australian
tour without fast bowlers Allan Donald and Brett Schultz. Donald has
not recovered from a side muscle strain while Schultz, 23, is
recuperating from knee surgery in South Africa and is expected to join
Kepler Wessels' team in a fortnight. "Winning is always important,
but we'd just like to get some practice, get used to the Australian
conditions, spend some time in the middle," Wessels said of the
one-day clash with a Prime Minister's XI.
The PM's XI includes free-scoring Ashes tourist Matthew Hayden,
experienced Tom Moody and promising youngsters Jo Angel, Mike
Kasprowicz, Justin Langer and Darren Webber. The South African team
will not be named until Thursday morning because of fitness concerns
over batsmen Darryll Cullinan and Jonty Rhodes. "Some of the guys
still have the flu, they picked it up in India," team manager Robbie
Wessels said Donald, who has taken more than 40 wickets in one-day
games since South Africa's return to international cricket, should be
fully fit by the weekend. He appeared to bowl freely in the nets on
Wednesday. "At the moment things are looking all right ... by the
weekend we hope everything will be back on course," Wessels said.
South Africa are due to play Tests in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
Australia leaves for the return tour immediately after the third Test
in late January.
Prime Minister's XI
Justin Langer (captain), Jo Angel, Tom Moody, Phil Alley, Gavin
Robertson, Darren Berry, Darren Webber, Matthew Hayden, Mike
Kasprowicz, Rick Ponting, Peter Solway, Bruce Hara (12th man).