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Last Updated:  Friday, 3 January, 2003, 16:56 GMT

Lance Klusener
Born: 4/9/71
Team: KwaZulu-Natal
ODI debut: 19/1/96
Past World Cups: 1999

Left-handed batsman
Right-arm medium bowler

Given his transformation into a top-class batting all-rounder, it is hard to believe that Klusener was once a fast bowler who could be relied on for a few runs in the lower order.

"Zulu" made his international debut in 1996 but rose to prominence when his powerful hitting and run-scoring saw him crowned Player of the Tournament at the 1999 World Cup.

Despite an average in excess of 40 in South Africa's lower middle-order, Klusener's selection for this year's World Cup was touch and go after struggling recently with form.

But a 50 on his return against Sri Lanka in December was enough to earn the former Wisden Cricketer of the Year a reprieve.

With the ball, the 31-year-old has lost some pace since undergoing knee surgery at the beginning of 2001, but remains an asset in the seam attack, increasingly relying on the off-cutter to take wickets.

He has taken five five-wicket hauls during his one-day international career with his best figures of six for 49 coming back in 1997 against Sri Lanka.





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