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Last Updated:  Friday, 3 January, 2003, 16:38 GMT

Herschelle Gibbs
Born: 23/2/74
Team: Western Province
ODI debut: 3/10/96
Past World Cups: 1999

Right-handed batsman
Right-arm medium/leg-break bowler

A naturally-gifted sportsman, Gibbs probably could have represented his country in football or rugby, but fortunately for South African cricket, he opted to show off his talents with a bat.

Since making his international debut, the right-hander has become one of the top batsmen in world cricket and a key member of the squad.

His natural attacking strokeplay and determination to get after bowlers makes him an unusual Test opening batsman and a one-day star.

Gibbs will be hoping to leave a mark on the tournament with his batting this time around as opposed to the dropped catch that gave Australia a reprieve and marred his last campaign.

The opener has notched up more than 3,500 runs in one-day international cricket and is in double figures for the number of centuries he has made.

In October he hit a record-equalling three consecutive one-day centuries and was only denied a fourth when left stranded on 97 not out against Bangladesh.

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