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Thursday, 26 September, 2002, 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK
Ngam on way back
Ngam is congratulated after taking a Test wicket
Ngam (right) is seen as a potential star of the future
Pace bowling prospect Mfuneko Ngam is set to return to the South African team after a lengthy battle to ovecome injury.

The 21-year-old has been named in a 14-man squad for the first two one-day matches in a best-of-three home series against Bangladesh, which starts on 3 October.

Ngam, known as 'Black Thunder', made a big impression when he took 11 wickets in three Test appearances during the 2000-01 season.

He subsequently suffered a number of injury setbacks but returned to international action with two appearances for South Africa's A team against Australia A.

His elevation to the senior side is subject to him coming safely through this weekend's SuperSport Series game between Eastern Province and Northerns at Port Elizabeth.

"We are monitoring each outing and making sure he [Ngam] does not burn himself out considering all his injury problems," said convenor of selectors Omar Henry.

"If he comes through the domestic game then we will give him a chance against Bangladesh."

Martin van Jaarsveld celebrates a century
Van Jaarsveld is in excellent form

Two other players have also been promoted from the A team - batsman Martin van Jaarsveld and wicket-keeper Errol Stewart.

Uncapped Van Jaarsveld has been a consistent scorer in domestic cricket and made 263 runs in six games against Australia A, including an innings of 108 at Johannesburg.

Van Jaarsveld comes in with Jonty Rhodes resting an injured hand sustained in the Morocco Cup tournament earlier in September.

He is also in the A team to play Bangladesh in a warm-up game two days before the start of the series.

Stewart will understudy vice-captain Mark Boucher and, at 33, has been given a belated chance to revive an international career which saw him play five one-day internationals in 1993-94.

The selectors have resisted the temptation to wield the axe despite South Africa's disappointing defeat by India in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals in Sri Lanka.

Nicky Boje has a cracked finger, so Justin Ontong is the senior spin bowler in the squad, and seam bowler Allan Dawson is also absent due to injury.

South African one-day squad 3 & 6 Oct): S Pollock (capt), M Boucher (vice-capt), D Benkenstein, B Dippenaar, A Donald, H Gibbs, J Kallis, L Klusener, M Ngam, M Ntini, J Ontong, G Smith, E Stewart, M van Jaarsveld.

South Africa A team to play Bangladesh (1 Oct): N McKenzie (capt), L Bosman, A Hall, A Nel, R Peterson, A Prince, D Terbrugge, T Tsolekile, M van Jaarsveld, M Zondeki.

Bangladesh undertake their first Test tour of South Africa

2nd Test, Pot'stroom

1st Test, East London

One-day series


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